Bloated, not fat – Know The Difference

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Food. I love food! I’m sure by knowing a little about me you know just how much. ¬†ūüėČ

As much as I love my food, it can also sometimes be a source of stress for me if my gut isn’t so happy. ¬†I know what I need to do to keep my digestive system happy, but being human and not perfect things can slide from time to time.

A couple of months ago I was a little bikini model for the day. ¬† Followed this up with a blog on “Nourishing your Bikini Body“.

I like being slim.  It feels good for me.  Physically, mentally and emotionally.

Sometimes it’s easy for me to maintain, sometimes it’s not. Over time my good habits can slip a little, making room for my not so good habits. ¬†All the littles add up to a lot and eventually without really realising I’m suddenly¬†not feeling so crash hot.

Remembering that¬†Facebook is like a photo album (for those that follow me on¬†Facebook and/or Instagram), in general you are mostly going to be seeing people’s good days. ¬†Same with me, I’m not nailing it all the time. ¬†And they say we teach what we most need to learn. ¬†As a Naturopath I specialise in the Digestive System as this has always been my point to nurture.

Bloating vs Fat

Sharing this because not too long after my afternoon-career as a bikini model my digestive system gave me a big smack on the head to pay attention to some symptoms I’d been brushing off for a while. ¬†Bloating big time. ¬†Those two pics are a few days apart. ¬†Bummer. ¬†Bloated, not fat. And not just bloated in the stomach… all over body bloating. ¬†Holding a few extra litres of water all over. ¬†Not a great feeling.

Fast forward a few months I am now a semi-expert on SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). Researching everything I could, and can, get my hands on. ¬†Diagnosed last month, starting my protocol Friday. ¬†ūüôā

Update: SIBO-less! ¬† ¬†Cleared my SIBO with two “rounds” of herbals and a therapeutic diet. ¬† Post on that to come.
SIBO as a diagnosis is still fairly new to the medical world…I’ve found research back to 2004, not too much before that. ¬†So while it has probably been going on for a lot of people for a lot longer than that, the awareness of it has only really begun to grow since then. ¬†Don’t be surprised if your Doctor has never heard of it, not too many have…

animated diagram showing SIBO bacteria in the digestive systemIn a nutshell SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. ¬†Not necessarily bad bacteria, more so that it is bacteria in the wrong spot (should be in the large intestine). ¬† When there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine¬†one may experience bloating after meals ¬†(the looking like you’re six months pregnant bloating), cramping, heartburn, reflux,¬†diarrhoea, constipation, epic farts, weight gain, weight loss, crazy out of control cravings…most¬†digestive complaints stem from SIBO.

And it’s so, so prevalent. ¬†75% of those with IBS symptoms are said to have SIBO as an underlying cause.

I use SIBOtest.com to run¬†my testing through. ¬† They have a nice little YouTube video on their site explaining it more in detail. ¬†As well as an online quiz you can take to assess the likelihood that SIBO is a possible reason for your chronic health complaints – digestive or not. ¬†Other issues can include: Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Allergies, Skin issues, ¬†Anxiety, Depression, Brain Fog, Stuffy Nose, Insomnia….gosh,¬†almost anything chronic.
(You can order the test online yourself,¬†most welcome to use my name for the “referring practitioner” if you would like me to help you with treatment).

Hippocrates even¬†called it over 2000 years ago, “All Disease begins in the Gut”.

Naturopaths always resolve to identify and heal the underlying cause of dis-ease.

SIBO can be a bit a tricky to get rid of… ¬† Naturopathic treatment options can include dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, herbal antimicrobials, and¬†specific pre- and pro-biotics. ¬†All need to be individualised and administered with correct timing.

If there is a bit of SIBO happening in the body it will likely take a few months of treatment to clear.   No quick fixes on this one.  Treatment does vary in intensity through the different stages though.  The first few weeks may be a bit strict, but with progression through the protocol comes more and more freedom.   And relief of symptoms!
Following the appropriate treatment protocol “they” say there is an 85% success rate. ¬†This is great! ¬† Considering some of my clients can recall first experiencing symptoms well over twenty years ago it’s amazing to know it could be gone within a few short weeks/months.

So while it is not nice to know you have SIBO, with knowledge comes power.   Taking charge and empowering yourself with knowledge can help you heal and regain control of your health.

So if you yourself resonate with of what I’ve shared here, I am both happy¬†and sad for you. ¬†Sad because it’s not fun to have SIBO, happy because I have the knowledge to share with¬†you to clear it out and banish your bloat.

If not you, but maybe someone you know, please feel free to share the info.

Yours digestively,

Kirsten Swales

Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Yoga Instructor & Foodie

kirstenswales.com  |  kirsten@kirstenswales.com
Skype: urbanremedies / Phone: +62 821 457 327 97

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Kirsten Swales

Director and Naturopath at Urban Remedies
Kirsten is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist and Yoga Instructor passionate about health. Kirsten loves to help people from all over the world so she is now operating as an Online Naturopath and consultant. It makes her incredibly happy to share her knowledge and help her clients to do all the nourishing things necessary for themselves. Kirsten's areas of expertise include all things Digestive System, such as SIBO, (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), IBS, Bloating, Food Intolerances, Crohns, Celiacs, Candida and Parasites. Bookings can be scheduled through her website (including a complimentary 30 minute Discovery Call).

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