We all know that junk foods can make us look and feel lousy. The body wasn’t designed to absorb and digest processed foods, artificial sweeteners, soda, bad fats and pretty much anything you would get from a box, a can or a drive-thru.
Aside from the long-term health issues these “foods” cause, they give us belly fat and make us gassy. They make the gut feel swollen, or bloated.
Most people think bloating is the result of overeating, and that is certainly a common cause. It can also be caused by eating too quickly. But bloating is often caused by what we eat – including healthy foods.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, is a condition that can cause bloating. SIBO occurs when an abnormally high amount of bacteria grow in the small intestine, making it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. This can lead to conditions such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and gastritis. Continue reading