Your gut ain't right & it shows.
Bloating is a common complaint for many people with Hashimoto's and other autoimmune diseases.
A 2022 survey found 1 in 7 Americans has experienced bloating in the last 7 days and nearly one-third has never sought help for it or are uncomfortable discussing it with their healthcare providers. Bloating is a sign that something is not right with your gut, so definitely bring it up to your doctor.
Here are 5 reasons that could be causing bloating for you:
1. Leaky Gut When your gut barrier starts developing more holes than our border, you got a leaky gut. This can allow things like LPS (lipopolysaccharides)which are bacterial toxins into your blood stream. LPS is linked to autoimmune disease, diabetes, obesity, stress, anxiety, depression which also contribute to MORE bloating.
2. Celiac Disease The autoimmune disease is a major cause of bloating especially if you eat gluten or gluten-like foods. Surprisingly, not everyone who has this autoimmune disease has gut symptoms like bloating, nausea, diarrhea, or cramping. More than half do, but other symptoms may be more predominant like fatigue, memory loss, cognitive issues, balance issues, skin rashes, joint pain, hair loss, or anemia.
3. Stress Ok, not everyone considers stress as a serious reason for bloating, but I've seen it be the main trigger for so many! Stress kicks us into a sympathetic-flight-and-flight mode instead of a parasympathetic-rest-and-digest mode. Can’t digest your food if your body thinks its running away from a bear! Your body shunts all the blood it would use for digestion to other areas of your body it needs to survive. This leaves reduced blood flow in your gut, reduced motility and movement of your gut, and affects the lining of your gut which can lead to leaky gut.
4. Poor Sleep Sleep can cause gut issues like bloating! This is because the gut and the brain are closely connected, and disruptions to our sleep patterns can disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut, leading to imbalances and other gut problems. For example, sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in cortisol levels, which has been linked to a number of gut-related issues, including inflammation and reduced gut motility which we just mentioned above.
5. Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) This bacteria is one of the most common infections in the world and many people don't show any symptoms! It is a common cause of hypochlorhydria which is low stomach acid. Low stomach acid means your food doesn't get broken down properly which can lead to fermentation in your gut and that will cause lots of bloating. It can also trigger autoimmune diseases as well.
Bloating is a sign that something is not right with your gut and it's letting you know it needs some support. Ready to start healing your bloating & gut? Click HERE.