Bloating is a sign that your gut is not a healthy as it should be. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing bloating and discomfort, some of which you will be very surprised to learn.


Main reasons for bloating


  • Wrong foods for you.  You are eating foods that your gut simply does not like. The obvious culprits are gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy and sugar. Try eliminating these food for a couple of weeks to see if the bloating subsides.
  • Histamines.  You are eating foods that are very high in histamine including fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir) and bone broths. These foods can be great for some people, but for others they can cause bloating and even pain.
  • Wrong probioitc for you.  Probiotics contain strains of bacteria that can either increase histamine or degrade histamine. If you are feeling more bloated from a probiotic, it may mean it contains too many histamine strains for you.
  • Prebiotic fibres including fructooligosacchardies (FOS) lactulose (LOS) and galactooligosacchardies (GOS), guar gum, slippery elm, pectin, psyllium husk can be great for feeding gut bacteria. However, some people will get bloated from these prebiotic fibres. If this is the case, you may have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) that needs to be treated.
  • Parasites, yeast and bacterial overgrowth. These bugs can all cause bloating and discomfort. You may need to do a comprehensive digestive stool analysis to establish if you have any of these infections in your gut. If you do, don’t worry as they can be treated naturally with specific herbs and enzymes.
  • Hydrochloric acid deficiency. If you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid, you are unable to break down you food properly which may cause bloating. People taking reflux medication will have low hydrochloric acid.
  • Zinc deficiency. You need zinc to heal your gut as well make hydrochloric acid.
  • Constipation. This will cause bloating and pain. It’s important to establish the root cause of constipation and treat accordingly as long term constipation will cause toxicity build up on the body.
  • Hormonal imbalance.  An excess of oestrogen compared to progesterone will cause both premenstrual and ovulation bloating. Correcting this hormonal imbalance gives lot of relief to many women.


Understanding the cause of your bloating and gut discomfort is key to treatment.  Once the cause is establisehd, there are many safe and effective natural supplements and diet interventions that can eliminate bloating and bring your gut back to health!


Author: Joanne Kennedy

Joanne Kennedy is a degree qualified Naturopath practising in the Sydney CBD. Areas of speciality include: MTHFR, Women’s hormones; stress, fatigue and insomnia; anxiety & depression; gut/digestive health; and histamine intolerance. Jo has helped hundreds of patients with chronic and complicated health issues gain control of their health and finally heal.

Jo is currently seeing patients in the Sydney CBD at Sydney Health & Wellness Centre and via Skype. For appointments call Jo on 0400 658 003 or email