Feeling bloated and uncomfortable?

Do you feel bloated and uncomfortable?

It is not something you should suffer in silence. You deserve to feel good all the time.

Have a read at what can cause these problems and how you can get back to being you again naturally.

Do you chew gum?

  • Chewing gum causes you to swallow excess air, which can contribute to abdominal pain and bloating, along with other gastrointestinal issues.
  • This can cause bloating, an overproduction of stomach acid, and can compromise your ability to produce sufficient digestive secretions when you actually do eat food. Some people may also have adverse gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, from the artificial sweeteners that are commonly found in chewing gum.

The following foods and beverages can also cause wind…

Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Sprouts, Cauliflower or even Fizzy drinks.

Another cause could be travelling, as a result the change in diet can cause changes in your digestion, leading to wind.

Medication can cause upsets to the digestive system.

Stress can be the cause of digestive disturbances.

Certain supplements can cause issues.

Food intolerances can also cause problems and lactose is a popular culprit.

Something as simple as taking in too much air when you eat can cause problems.

Women menstruating may suffer bloating and also when women experience changes in hormones later in life.

Certain medical conditions can cause bloating too.

How do you fix this?

What is your “Go to” when bloating happens? most people have a remedy they use and are happy to share.

I always give this advice…

1/Activated Charcoal

Inexpensive and available from chemists and health stores. Tablet form and a go to in our household.

What is it?

Activated charcoal is a black powder that is made from made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust.

It is processed to make it more porous and the porous texture is what makes it different from the other types of charcoal.

Do not get this confused with BBQ charcoal as that’s toxic to humans to ingest.

It is the processing at high temperatures that activates this. The high temperatures change its internal structure, reducing the size of its pores and increasing its surface area.

What does it do?

It binds to bacteria and traps chemicals and toxins and prevents them escaping.picture of gastric relief and charcoal use

The clever part!

Activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body in faeces.

Now, the important thing to remember here is not to take the charcoal close to food.


As said the activated charcoal binds so it can take nutrients from the food if you take it too close to the meal time. I would take it 30 minutes before or after a meal to be cautious.

In 2011, the European Food Safety Authority upheld the health claim that activated charcoal can reduce flatulence by absorbing excess gas from the intestines.

There are other uses for this wonderful solid material (not a mineral by the way),

top 10 uses for charcoal picture


 So thats my number one go to. It can also helpful to know the transit time of a person in terms of food passing through the digestive tract. It gives an indicator of the overall health of that person.

The faces should be dark to black in colour, when you have a meal, take the charcoal and see how long it takes to pass through.

This is from a study on transit time and health…

National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, which has been published in the renowned journal Nature Microbiology.

“In short, our study shows that the longer food takes to pass through the colon, the more harmful bacterial degradation products are produced. Conversely, when the transit time is shorter, we find a higher amount of the substances that are produced when the colon renews its inner surface, which may be a sign of a healthier intestinal wall,” Henrik’s supervisor and professor at the National Food Institute, Tine Rask Licht, explains.

To increase your transit time then increase your fiber intake, eat a diet rich in vegetables, lean meats and oily fish and while doing this drink plenty of water and you will improve your overall health.

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