After meals, many times I experience bloating. This is uncomfortable and I’d like to avoid it. What can you suggest?
Abdominal bloating can be caused by many conditions; one common reason is excessive gas in the intestines. Improper food combining which results in delayed or poor digestion can also cause bloating; for example, combining carbohydrates and proteins at the same meal or eating fruit and drinking milk with other foods.
Excessive amount of refined foods and poor food combining can make the bowel very thick and enlarged due to a lack of bowel movements. Enemas may help but colonics are more effective as they irrigate the bowel more extensively.
Kefir, a fermented milk drink, may assist in establishing a healthy G.I. tract. While it can cause bloating or perhaps diarrhea if you drink too much, too quickly – with continued use these symptoms will disappear.
Regular cleaning of the bowel is important. Drinking plenty of fluids is the core requirement for healthy bowels. Most people think one bowel movement a day is the norm but actually two or three times a day, to match the number of big meals you consume, is more the norm.
Regular use of herbal teas is helpful, but use caution as some may cause cramping. Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) can also help with bowel movements. Place 1–2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of pure water and drink 2–3 glasses a day. You may add a couple of drops of stevia, a natural sweetener, to the solution. Over time, these methods will help to reduce the enlargement of the colon and bowel. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is a particular reason for bloating of the abdomen, especially in the area around the navel.
Excerpt from Handbook for Healers by Almine.