What Causes Bloating – Health Bites

What Causes Bloating – Health Bites

What Causes Bloating

Find out some of the common causes of bloating.

Do you suffer from bloating often?  Are you wondering what may the cause of some of the symptoms.  It’s a good start to take a look at what you are eating as it will be one of the first things that affect your gut and contribute to uncomfortable bloating.

Some of the most common foods that cause irritation (therefore inflammation) of the digestive system lining are genetically modified organisms, or a GMO foods. Some of these foods include potatoes, tomatoes, corn, soy and wheat. This is scary as these foods are seen as “staples” in the western diet.

Let’s take wheat as an example as this is the first food many people notice in relation to bloating. It’s not because wheat is bad for us but that our body struggles to recognise it.  The wheat we eat now has been modified to make it more resistant to disease and predators, and of course more prolific in its growth. It is different to the ancient grain that our ancestors ate (and what probably kept the human race alive). Our wheat has been genetically modified so much so, that our digestive system linings don’t know what to do with it.

So let’s imagine now that you have just had a cheese muffin, with a slice of tomato on it.  If your gut is sensitive to wheat, or intolerant, and these “GMO” particles come down and land on the lining of your digestive system, where the receptor cells don’t know what is needed to digest them – we don’t have an enzyme in our gut to digest Gluten – we do not produce Gluten-ase. Therefore, when Gluten lands on the receptors in the wall of the digestive lining, our body doesn’t know how to digest it.

What to do!  Because these particles cannot be digested, they start to cause inflammation and damage, eroding the lining. This is actually an immune system response. Some of our good white blood cells, namely Neutrophils and Eosinophils, start to attack the damaged cells. This is a “self” attack. This causes your gut to become hyper-permeable, like having little holes in your gut lining for undigested particles and proteins to travel through and into the bloodstream where they should not be; they should be in your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) being broken down further into nutrients that we can actually use as vitamins and minerals and antioxidants.

Our body responds by trying to repair the “holes” with one of it’s clotting factors “platelets”.  Here’s a picture of what that looks like through Live Blood Screening (often called Hemaview). These platelets are surrounded by hypersecretory “bubbles”, and this is what you may experience as bloating!


No part of this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness.  Nothing on this post is to be construed as medical advice, but is to inform you about the options available, and allow you to ask questions about those options.

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