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Recently on our Facebook fan page, we received wonderful suggestions about what a fellow BEDer could do to improve her digestion and reduce her bloating.
Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful replies to Sara’s question!
First off, we wanted to share some great tips from Body Ecology Facebook fans and the reasoning behind them:
In holistic healthcare, many physicians treat the origin of a disorder while also bringing relief to the symptoms. The origin is called the root, while the symptoms are called the branch.
Often, conventional medicine focuses on treating the branch, or symptoms that we can see and feel. Many times, the problem returns because the origin of the disorder was never addressed.
The benefit of using diet to support the body through illness and even restore the body to health is that diet can treat both the root and the branch at the same time.
Once Sara begins to follow the Body Ecology Diet, she will remove foods that contain:
She will also eat according to the Body Ecology Principle of 80/20 and eat fruits alone on an empty stomach. Sara may even remove FODMAP foods, like onion, garlic, and avocados.
But removing offensive foods only treats the branch—or the symptom of bloating.
When eating for optimal health, it is essential to ask where the imbalance begins. Because Sara feels bloated even after taking supplements or drinking water, this tells us that the root of the problem might be in the gut. In this case, we need to pay special attention to the body’s inner ecosystem, the community of microbes living in the stomach, small intestine, and colon.
For us at Body Ecology, the good bacteria found in fermented foods are the key to treating the root of Sara’s belly bloat.
When we remove foods that irritate the lining of the digestive tract and feed an infection in the gut—the battle is half won, and the bloat goes away. But unless she re-inoculates the digestive tract with the good microbes found in cultured foods, Sara’s bloat will return if she eats the “wrong” food again.
When we make fermented foods a regular part of the diet and our lifestyle, we take steps to bring the inner ecosystem back to a state of balance.
You have to ask the question...What would make a person react to these foods? An inflamed, overly sensitive gut is underneath a person’s sensitivity to specific foods.
Donna’s advice for Sara: Do avoid offensive foods—especially those that we list in the Body Ecology Diet book. But, also keep working to restore gut health. Create a healthy inner ecosystem by eating fermented foods, following the proper food combining rules, and using digestive enzymes.
We have our Body Ecology Facebook fans to thank for a quick, helpful response to a community question about bloating.
Here are five top tips from Body Ecology Diet fans to improve digestion and reduce bloating today:
Donna recommends using the tips above to restore gut health and beat the bloat, along with support from digestive enzymes.
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