5 Reasons You Bloat More After Age 45

5 Reasons You Bloat More After Age 45
August 1, 2017

Bloating is generally the result of not being able to properly digest foods.  These not-so-digested foods feel like they’re just sitting around causing discomfort and a general feeling of being stuffed and “gassy”.

It can happen at any age, but if it seems to be more frequent as you’re getting older it may well be due to your stomach’s reduced ability to produce enough acid for proper digestion.

Normally, when we eat our stomach cells release more acid, which is crucial for so many digestive processes like breaking down foods and activating enzymes.  As we age this process can become less efficient. Pair that with constant anti-acid use and the result can feel like it’s wreaking havoc on the rest of the digestive system.

Unfortunately, this can have wide-ranging effects on all of our digestion abilities “downstream” often resulting in bloating.

Bloating Reason #1:

Sometimes our bodies are (or become more as we age) sensitive to the fiber in certain fruits or veggies.  This can also occur when we introduce new ones into our diet as it may take a while for our body to get used to them.

Pro Tip: Try chewing your vegetables more thoroughly, using them to make a cold smoothie or blended soup (warm smoothie) or you can also lightly cook or steam them.  If a fruit or veggie seems to be consistently related to bloating try eliminating it for a few weeks and monitor your symptoms.

Bloating Reason #2:

Decreased stomach acid can reduce the activation of the key protein-digesting enzyme “pepsin”.  This means the proteins you eat aren’t broken down as much and they pass through your system somewhat “undigested”.

Pro Tip: Consider reducing the amount of animal-based foods you eat for at least 14 days and evaluate if that helps.

Bloating Reason #3:

One thing that can seriously cause bloating is when your digestive system slows down. Then things seem to be a bit stagnant, just hanging around in there longer than you’d like.

Ginger has been found to help with digestion and reduce nausea for certain people.  And peppermint is thought to help your digestive muscles keep pushing food through, so it doesn’t stay in one spot for too long.

Pro Tip: Consider drinking a digestive tea like peppermint or ginger.  See my recipe below.

Bloating Reason #4:

All this lack of digesting in your stomach and small intestine puts extra stress on the large intestine.  The large intestine is the home of all of your wonderful gut microbes that have SO many functions in the body.  The problem is when undigested food enters the large intestine it can feed the not-so-great microbes.  These “unfriendly” bacteria produce waste material and gas as a part of their natural metabolism.  The more of these microbes you have in your system (they will multiply if they are constantly being fed by undigested food in the large intestine) the more gas that will be produced in the large intestine.

Pro Tip: Try eating more fermented foods.  Fermented foods contain probiotics, which will feed the good bacteria and microbes in your system to keep the bad guys at bay. This includes things like coconut kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi (as long as these don’t cause bloating for you!).  Make sure they’re unpasteurized (raw), organic and contain live cultures.

You can also consider taking a “raw alive” probiotic supplement. Just check the label first to make sure it’s right for you, There are a few brands sold in supermarkets that meet this criteria.

Bloating Reason #5:

With reduced stomach acid you also have a reduction of the “activation” of several of your digestive enzymes (protein-digesting pepsin being one of them).  In order for certain enzymes to go to work digesting your food they need to be activated.  This usually happens with the assistance of stomach acid.

Pro Tip: You may consider trying an enzyme supplement to assist your body in digesting food while you work on reestablishing your own production of stomach acid (a healthy diet and lifestyle can do this!).  But before you do make sure you read the labels because some of them interact with other supplements, medications, or conditions, and may not be safe for long-term use.

Conclusion:

You can try the “pro tips” I’ve given you in this blog.  Maybe you’d prefer working one on one with me or with another practitioner on an elimination diet to get to the bottom of which foods you may be sensitive to.  It’s totally worth it.  If you are interested in discussing this topic with me confidentially and come up with a few strategies to tame your bloating, don’t hesitate and schedule a 45 minute complimentary consultation here:

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A STRATEGY SESSION

 

Recipe (Tummy Soothing Tea): Ginger Tea

Serves 1

Fresh ginger root (about 2”)
Hot water
Lemon slices (optional)
Honey (optional)

Pour the water into a saucepan and heat it on the stove.

Grate the ginger root into the saucepan.  Let it come to a boil, and then simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Strain the tea into a cup with a fine mesh strainer and add lemon and/or honey as desired.

Serve & Enjoy!

Tip:  If you don’t want to use a grater and strainer then you can peel the ginger and thinly slice it into your cup before adding boiling water.  The pieces should be big enough that they will sink to the bottom.

References:

All About Menopause

11 Proven Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Bloating

How To Get Rid of Bloating: 9 Strategies Backed By Science

Too Many Vegetables? How To Prevent Gas and Digestive Problems Caused By Healthy Eating

Food sensitivities and intolerances: How and why to do an elimination diet

Peppermint Oil

Ginger

 

 

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