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What might be causing your abdominal bloating?

Abdominal Bloating

The hidden truth about abdominal bloating.

Is it a mystery what is causing your bloating?

Do you question yourself if it is a particular food, drink, stress or environmental factor?

I would like to talk about this topic as this is very sensitive area, where we need to pay attention from the beginning of your journey. Some of my clients experience variety of abdominal issues such as pain, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, burping, heaviness, burning sensation and many more. Of course, all of them are different and have different medical history and family medical history. Also, environmental factors, hence they experience different symptoms, because they could not have the same causes and triggers.

What might be causing abdominal bloating?

It is very broad question and I will try to explain the major factors. In the first place – your gastro-intestinal track health might be compromised. What does this mean? If you experience any symptoms from the list above, it means you need to dig deeper into your gut health. It could be dysbiosis, food intolerance, food allergy, insufficiency of stomach juices and enzymes. Also, lack of pancreatic enzymes, compromised liver functions or gallbladder.

Another risk factor is pathogen exposure. This could be virus, bacteria or parasite infection.

Is my GUT compromised?

What happens if your gut is compromised? It means that it is easier for external pathogens to enter your body. It is because your body natural defences.

If you ask me what do you need to do to reduce any of your symptoms? My answer would be – try to find the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. It could be through testings (there are many testing options out there), which is very important in this scenario. Another option is elimination diet, however if your symptoms are triggered by pathogen, this option would not help you.

Is Diet important?

I would say yes. It is. Everything you eat passes through your digestive system. It is very likely to be diet related issue. Some people cannot digest specific foods. Gluten and dairy are the common ones, for example. However, we need to test first. Food intolerance or allergy test would give us better picture of your health status. Some people react to specific substances, found in certain foods and we would not know this if we do not test.

Complications

If left untreated, most of the symptoms in the human body could lead to a more serious condition. Autoimmunity is very common situation, where people end up finding. Going through their medical history, my clients realise how long they have had their symptom from. The bad news is that it is much more harder to fix something that have led to something else. Fortunately, the Functional Medicine is very advanced, which gives us many more options to approach a disease.

What is the solution?

Once, the root cause is identified, you will work on it. You will heal your gut, reinoculate and rebalance your gut’s environment. This will happen with the specific nutrients, needed for that purpose, prebiotic and probiotic foods.

My personal advice for people with digestive issues.

I would like to add that whatever symptoms you have, please investigate it. It is the start of your journey. Do not ignore you symptoms. Your health is important.

Find a good health practitioner and start you journey now. Health practitioners, like myself are here to help you. My mission is to guide you, help you and support you. Do not wait. You are not alone. Reach out even if you just want to talk regarding your symptom.

Keep positive and take care of your health and never forget – take actions today, not tomorrow!

Remember there is always solution for your health concerns. Do not live under an umbrella of mysterious symptoms. Find out what is causing your symptoms and live the life you deserve.

Everything is going to be good!

What are Food Allergies and Food Intolerances?

I wanted to write a post with this topic a long time ago. The reason why is as with the days go on, I can see how this topic is getting hotter and hotter. Many of my clients experience mysterious symptoms and very ofter the cause is food intolerance or food allergy. Once we find the root cause and the trigger of your health condition or a disease, our journey is getting easier and this can be a game changer in your life. So let’s talk about food allergies and intolerances.

We can put food allergies and food intolerances in two categories – true food allergies and food sensitivities (intolerances).

Let’s have a look at the True Food Allergies first.

What are the symptoms, associated with the food allergies?

This is a condition, which causes IgE mediated hypersensitivity reactions, including oedema in the throat or tongue, difficult breathing, urticaria or the worst case scenario anaphylaxis. Allergy is very common condition in the UK and affects almost one in four of the UK population. The number of these cases increases every year and unfortunately, we see the number increases with children as well.

What might be causing the rise in food allergy cases?

Possible causes of the increasing number could be different factors and triggers.

  • Now a days, more and more women refuse to breastfeed their new born babies. This is a concerning factor for the new population and baby’s bodily functions and their immune system development.
  • Another factor could be early introduction of solid food at early stage of baby’s life.
  • Exposure to different chemicals as such as artificial colourings, preservatives in food, stabilisers and other nasties.
  • Poor diet and consumption of highly processed food
  • Chemical pollution in foods, we eat daily, in water, we drink daily and air, we constantly breath.

It is now time to look at the food intolerance and see what is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?

What is a food intolerance?

Food sensitivity or food intolerance is a condition, which could cause different types of symptoms in a predisposed person. Unfortunately, the person could be misdiagnosed, as using conventional medicine testing methods symptoms are not easily diagnosable.

What are the symptoms of food intolerance?

Food sensitivities are not IgE mediated. They are mediated by different factors. It could be toxic reactions, enzyme deficiencies to break down the particular food, specific substances in food (saponins, salicylates). Leaky gut could be another factor in this condition. It could be bloating, brain fog, fatigue, acne and etc.

What might food intolerance and food allergy lead to?

These conditions could lead to many complications, from mild to severe health problems. The most common symptoms are linked with your digestive track such as bloating, gastritis, burping, heaviness after eating, Coeliac disease. They could even affect your Central Nervous System, causing Anxiety, Brain fog, Chronic fatigue or Depression.

If your body needs to deal with the above conditions, it releases hormone like substances to alarm to your immune system that your body is out of balance. Although, if you do not know how to listen to your body, this could lead to cellular alteration and even endocrine system imbalance. Hence, the inflammation in your body is elevated and your immune system will be constantly trying to bring back the homeostasis in your body. For that reason, it is always good to have a health practitioner, who you work with. This will allow you to discuss and talk about the symptoms that you might be experiencing, to be able to identify the triggers and mediators, causing your symptoms. Once the triggers and causes are identified, it is very likely that you will have to follow a specific diet, which your nutritionist will provide you with. Then, you might need to work on your gut health, although depends on the root cause of you symptoms.

We are unique and we are all different. That is why always talk about your symptoms with health practitioner first. They will be able to recommend an appropriate testing method to identify whether it is a food intolerance or an allergy.

And remember – it is never late to start and take control over your health.

The time is now! Not Tomorrow!

Best Wishes,

Ani

Why do we need to include Olive oil in our diet? Is it actually the key to longevity and optimal health?

Olive oil is a key health promoting product in Mediterranean Diet. People use it for optimal health, wellness and longevity.

What does olive oil contain?

Extra virgin olive oil contains oleic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic acids, vitamin E, vitamin K, Phytosterols, Polyphenols, Squalene. It is rich in healthy Monounsaturated fats, which are resistant to high heat and make it perfect choice for cooking!

What are the proven benefits of the olive oil?

Number of studies have been done to prove this powerful nutrient’s benefits. Olive oil is used for the following purposes:

  • Cancer – supportive programs
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Anti-inflammatory diets
  • Cognitive health
  • Brain and memory support
  • Longevity
  • Healthy ageing

Olive oil could be protective against heart disease and Stroke. In terms of cardio-vascular health, olive oil’s main properties are:

  1. Increase HDL cholesterol levels
  2. Healthy blood pressure levels
  3. Reduction in inflammatory status
  4. Improved insulin sensitivity
  5. Decreased DNA oxidative damage

Is it really an antioxidant?

Olive oil is also packed with loads of antioxidants, which makes it perfect antioxidant rich agent.

It is also protective against Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common neurodegenerative condition in the world. Olive oil can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and manage healthy weight.

Is there any correlation between Rheumatoid arthritis and Olive oil?

RA is an autoimmune disease where your own immune cells attack your own tissue – joints. That is why your joints are deformed and painful. Olive oil seems to have a positive impact on those individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis as it might reduce inflammatory markers, oxidative stress and improve antioxidant levels in the body.

Is there also a link between Helicobacter Pylori infection and olive oil?

Olive oil may help in H.Pylori infection as it has anti-bacterial properties. Having 30gr olive oil daily in your diet, in addition to your H.Pylori protocol, can prevent you and even help to clear H.pylori infection in the stomach.

In conclusion, olive oil is one of the mandatory elements in a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is so powerful and not only – it is super delicious to be added in salads, dressings, toppings, sauces, soups, meals, etc.

If you are really looking to start a healthy and balanced dietary regime, what could be a better choice than starting from olive oil. It is so simple to substitute your current version of oil in your cupboard. Why don’t you try this on your next shopping?

Best of health!

Ani

What is a Helicobacter Pylori infection and is it dangerous for our bodies?

Helicobacter Pylori is a type of pathogenic bacteria that infects your stomach. An overgrowth of this bacteria (H. Pylori) is associated with Gastritis, Peptic Ulcers and low stomach acidity. It can cause different symptoms in different individuals and could lead to many complications. That is why taking control over your gut health is very important in this situation. 

Helicobacter Pylori, also known as H. Pylori is a highly contagious bacterium that lives in the stomach.
The bacteria are spread from person to person, and in a family situation, may be hard to get rid of. The bacteria bury itself into the stomach wall and wraps itself in ammonium to protect itself by neutralising the stomach acid, disabling it from killing the bacteria. This means that it is very hard to treat with antibiotics, and leaves many people undergoing months, sometimes years, of treatment, often with little success. If left untreated however, the disease can progress, developing very painful gastric ulcers, and can be life threatening. The stomach has a protective lining against stomach acid, however in the case of gastric ulcers, the nerves and tissues underneath the surface are exposed to acid.

H. Pylori is a very clever bacterium. The acidity in your stomach, which normally kills bacteria, is balanced by ammonium. Your body keeps the stomach acid between a pH of 1-3, and excretes the correct amount of ammonium to keep it at this level. H. Pylori excretes an enzyme called urease, which stimulates ammonium production. Using this ammonium, it hides itself from the acid, immune complexes and antibiotics making it very difficult to treat. The excess ammonium also decreases the acidity of the stomach acid further, causing many problems with digestion and health.



The conventional treatment for H. Pylori is a long course of antibiotics. Unfortunately, this is not always successful due to the bacteria being able to hide itself in ammonium and often playing dead by lying dormant to trick the body into thinking it has gone. Often, many courses of antibiotics are required which is damaging to our gut flora.

What are the symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori infection?

The symptoms, associated with H. Pylori infection may vary from one person to another, but here are the most common ones:

pain

bloating

heartburn

burping

nausea

loss of appetite

How could Helicobacter Pylori be diagnosed?

There are few options:

  • Biopsy of gastric tissue by endoscopy
  • Stool testing
  • Blood test or finger prick test
  • Urea breath test

What are the causes for Helicobacter Pylori infection?

The causes of H. Pylori infection in some people might be low stomach acidity, compromised gut health or low hygiene.

The risk of getting this infection increases if you are in a contact with someone infected by this bacteria, although it is still unknown exactly how it spreads.

How could we eradicate Helicobacter Pylori?

Eradication process of the holistic approach to this infection may be different with different individuals. That is why working with a health professional is highly recommended.

There are some clinical studies that have shown improvement in eliminating H. Pylori, such as Astaxanthin, broccoli sprouts, cranberry juice, few probiotic strains and more.

Overall, good antioxidant status in the body and balanced gastric acid levels are needed for prevention of any pathogenic organism that can penetrate, overgrowth in your stomach and lead to many health complications.

Are Diet and Nutrition important for prevention of infectious diseases?

Healthy balanced diet is a key for many health conditions.

Also, avoiding caffeine containing drinks, increasing fibre and eliminating all “white foods” like sugar and processed foods may help in this process.

In some cases elimination diet could be a key to identify possible food sensitivities or intolerances that may have contributed to this condition.

Conditions like H. Pylori infection shows how important is the prevention, because you have the control over your health, not the pathogens!

Is actually Vitamin C good for us and why do we need it for?

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin. It plays very important role in our bodies. The human body cannot produce it as we are lacking the enzymes, needed for its production.

This vitamin is water soluble and it is found in most of the vegetables and fruit, however many people take extra vitamin C in form of supplement to boost the immune system and increase general wellbeing.

There are many scientifically proven benefits and I am going to list few of them here:

  1. Powerful antioxidant, supporting the immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It can help reduce the oxidative stress, caused by harmful molecules, called free radicals. It supports the natural defences of the body and increases antioxidant levels in the body. It enhances the immune system and its functions.
  2. May reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. Consuming 500mg Vitamin C daily may reduce inflammation in the body and reduce CVD risk. If you are already eating a healthy diet, full of vegetables and fruit, you might not need to supplement, as you will be adding those levels up naturally through food.
  3. Better iron absorption. We know that Iron is very important nutrient and adequate levels are needed for the normal blood cells function and oxygen transport. However, in some cases, iron absorption might be more difficult and not at optimal levels. Vitamin C is the key nutrient in those cases, especially in non-meat eaters, as most of iron is available in meat products. Adding an orange or vitamin C to your salads and meals could be a good idea to increase iron absorption and maintain optimal levels.
  4. May prevent Gout Attacks. Gout is a type of arthritis, causing pain and inflammation in the small joints. It mostly affects men over 40 years old. In gout cases, uric acid levels are high. Vitamin C may help reduce those levels and decrease gout attacks.
  5. Reduces Cancer risk. Many studies have shown that vitamin C may reduce the risk of several types of cancer. It might be linked to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  6. Healthy brain and healthy ageing. Regular Vitamin C intake is very important for longevity and healthy ageing. Inflammation and oxidative stress play negative role in the ageing stage. It might lead to Dementia or any other disease risk. Keeping up vitamin C levels might reduce the risk and promote healthy ageing at cellular levels.
  7. Promote endocrine and adrenal support. Our adrenal glands play a huge role in the human body. One of the hormones they produce is called cortisol- the stress hormone. It can regulate our stress levels, positive stress response, healthy mood, balanced nervous system, etc. Our adrenal glands need vitamin C to be able to function and regulate those hormones.
  8. May prevent from Common Colds. And again, adequate vitamin C levels are needed to reduce the risk or severity of the common colds and flu.
  9. May reduce toxicity. Vitamin C has ability to bind the toxins in the body and neutralise them. In that case it may reduce the free radicals in the body, causing inflammation and oxidative stress. Toxicity might be from infectious diseases such as virus or bacteria, environmental or heavy metal toxicity.

Overall, vitamin C is an excellent nutrient to reduce inflammation, improve antioxidant levels, boost immune functions, reduce CVD, help and prevent Gout attacks in gout patients, reduce toxicity, increase longevity and many more benefits on the human body.

A healthy diet, full of seasonal fruit and vegetables, like broccoli, green leafy vegetables, spinach, peppers, citrus fruit, kiwi, apples, etc, is a great way to maintain a healthy vitamin C levels in daily life. Supplementing with this nutrient might be beneficial in chronic diseases or other conditions in which the body needs extra support to maintain optimal levels.

It is always a great idea to discuss your diet with your health practitioner to find out if you need extra support through food, supplements or lifestyle modifications.