Bloating is an unfortunate and uncomfortable phenomenon that everyone experiences at one time or another. Ironically, sometimes it seems that it’s the healthiest eaters who endure it most. It’s true! Bloating is a common complaint in the wellness world. And it can be especially difficult to pinpoint a specific cause when every body is different what foods agree with your neighbor may not work for you, and vice versa.
Holistic doctors, nutritionists, and functional medicine experts agree that the most common cause of bloating is how your body interacts with what you eat. We spoke to the leading voices in health and nutrition today to find out what types of bloating they see most often in their practices and how to solve them. Here is what they said:
Lack of digestive enzymes.
Main cause of bloating is declining levels of digestive enzymes like lipase that help metabolize our food and stabilize gut bacteria.
Robin Berzin, M.D. mbg class instructor and founder of Parsley Health, maintains that the No. 1 bloat culprit she sees in her practice is foods like sugar, refined carbs, and alcohol, which can cause imbalances in gut bacteria. “Those bacteria can create a lot of gas when they metabolize fibers in healthy foods.
Unknown food sensitivities.
Similarly, Vincent Pedre, M.D., who is part of mbg’s functional nutrition training, said that consuming foods that trigger mild food allergies or sensitivities can cause bloating. The most common food sensitivities include wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and legumes (beans).