Bloating commonly occurs in the tummy or abdomen, especially after eating foods that create digestive distress. Dairy, gluten, and fatty products are the primary culprits. Poor breakdown of the protein and fat in dairy can create digestive distress and gas with bloating, as can the lactose, or milk sugar, in dairy in people who are intolerant. Gluten protein found in rye, wheat, oats, and barley can create gas and bloating from putrefaction. Fatty foods put an extra demand on the liver and gallbladder, resulting in deficient bile flow and poor processing of food and gas. Keeping a diet journal where you track your symptoms can be an effective tool for determining which foods are causing bloating. Eliminating offending foods is the first step to reducing gas from poor food metabolism.
Drinking cold or ice water with your meals creates digestive distress, promoting putrefaction, gas, and bloating. Digestive distress is also a by-product of improper food combinations. Animal tissue, which tends to be acid, combines best with green vegetables and poorly with starches. Eating the proper food combinations leads to good digestion and minimal or no gas or bloating.
Eating one-half of a red apple (Fuji, Gala, Braeburn) daily will promote bile flow and reduce gas and bloating.