Dr Oz: Eliminate Your Bloat
After revealing new ways to help you eliminate your bloat, Dr Oz explained that there are surprising new reasons behind why you’re bloating in the first place. It all lies in the microbiome of your cells. The bacteria living in your body actually outnumber your own cells ten to one. All those micro-organisms have a job, because, as Dr Oz explained, your body works like a factory. Your microbes are the workers, helping you digest food, maintaining your gut lining, and telling your immune sytem what’s good or bad.
The problem is that some of those microbes can be destructive, creating bloat-causing hydrogen and methane gases. That’s why, when your gut has more bad microbes than good, you feel puffy and gassy. So how do you eliminate that kind of bloat? Dr Robynne Shutkan, said bloating is the number one complaint of women in her office and it’s happening more and more because we’re “too clean.”
Dr Oz: Are We Too Clean?
Dr Shutkan explained that we’re using all kinds of antibacterial products that are killing off our good bacteria. Most of our bacteria are friends, not foes, that actually help our immune system. Dr Shutkan explained that antibacterial products like hand sanitizer can’t distinguish between good and bad bacteria, so they’re killing off both. Then the bad bacteria multiply, creating bloat-producing gas. Dr Shutkan said we’re much better off just using regular soap and water to keep ourselves healthy.
So what else, other than hand sanitizer, could be causing an issue in terms of bloat? Dr Oz spoke with Tamika, who admitted that she can’t wear a proper outfit without having to wear shapewear. She said it’s not just food related, and sometimes she’ll just wake up bloated. Dr Shutkan wanted to take Tamika through some of the things that could be causing her bloat.
Dr Oz: What Is Causing Your Bloat?
Dr Shutkan first pulled an antibiotic out of Tamika’s medicine cabinet, and explained that the average American kid will receive 17 courses of antibiotics by the time they get to high school. Five days of a strong antibiotic will kill of a third of your gut bacteria. There’s no guarantee they’re ever coming back. Before taking an antibiotic, you should first ask if it’s absolutely necessary. She said 60-70% of the time, a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if they think you want one, and only 7% when they think you don’t. Plus, are you taking it for an actual infection or “just in case?”
You should also ask if you can take the prescription home with you and wait for signs and symptoms. Ask what signs and symptoms you should watch for, to know it’s necessary to take the antibitoic.
Dr Oz: Calories Over Chemicals
Another common thing causing bloating is artificially sweetened drinks and snacks. Dr Shutkan said you should always pick calories over chemicals. Artificial sweeteners aren’t broken down in the small intestine which is why they don’t add calories. They go down to the colon where they get fermented by gut bacteria, producing gas and bloat. Rather than sugar-free yogurt, choose regular yogurt!
One more great tip to stop bloating, avoid chewing gum or drinking through a straw as it could cause you to swallow air. Dr Robynne Chutkan is the author of “The Microbiome Solution.”