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Why Many Women Suffer From Bloating After Meals: And How To Solve It

It’s no secret that more women than men suffer from abdominal bloating after meals. The reason is often based on the fact that women simply make lower amounts of digestive enzymes than do men.

As a result, women don’t completely breakdown protein, carbohydrate and fat into their singular components; a process that is necessary to allow nutrients to be absorbed from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream.

With insufficient digestive enzyme secretion some food remains in the intestinal tract in a partially digested state. This food matter, which is unable to be absorbed, acts like a magnet drawing water to itself within the intestinal tract. And this is what causes bloating

to occur. But there is simple solution.

For most women the problem can be resolved by simply taking a high potency, full spectrum digestive enzyme supplement with your two largest meals each day. A supplement of this nature helps your body break down all the food you eat into a form that allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, no partially digested food matter remains in the intestinal tract, which solves the bloating and abdominal distension and discomfort problem.

However, it is absolutely imperative that the digestive enzyme supplement contain all the digestive enzymes required to ensure that the digestive process is 100% complete.  

Be aware of the fact that many enzyme supplement formulations are incomplete or ineffective. They sometimes contain active agents such as bromelain or papaya enzymes. These enzymes do not work well as digestive enzymes in the intestinal tract. As a result, inferior products of this nature will not improve your nutritional status and will not eliminate post-meal bloating problems.

If you use the right combination and dosage of the digestive enzymes that actually break down food in your intestinal tract, then you will likely discover that they can eliminate or greatly reduce post-meal bloating, abdominal distension/discomfort, and even improve some food sensitivity and other digestive problems.

What Are The Enzymes That Get The Job Done?

Here is a list of the most important digestive enzymes that should be included in an effective digestive enzyme supplement:

  • Amylase
  • Protease I
  • Protease II
  • Lactase
  • Lipase
  • Cellulase
  • Maltase
  • Sucrase

These enzymes help your body break down carbohydrates, including starches, lactose, sucrose (table sugar), and other common sugars found in fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and grains. They also help you digest protein and fat from all sources, improving bioavailability of protein as well as fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Coenzyme Q10, Beta-Carotene and other carotenes found in food.

Take Digestive Enzymes With Prebiotics

In order to improve digestion and assimilation the supplement should also include prebiotics, which help support the growth of the friendly bacteria in the large intestine. Prebiotics such as inulin and fructo-oligosaccharid, are natural foods that the friendly bacteria consume in order to multiply and crowd out unfriendly bacteria and candida (yeast) within the large bowel.

These friendly bacteria not only improve absorption, but supplementation with prebiotics has been shown to improve conditions such as eczema and some rheumatic conditions, by bolstering levels of gut friendly bacteria, which in turn, exert a positive effect on immune system regulation.

Be Aware Of Other causes of Abdominal Bloating

Abdominal bloating can also be an indication of other hidden problems, such food intolerances, celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, all of which may also benefit from digestive enzyme and prebiotic supplementation.

More serious diseases such as Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cancer, intestinal tract cancers, and liver and pancreatic conditions can also cause lower abdominal bloating.

Therefore, I recommend that if you are experiencing abdominal bloating of any kind you should undergo a proper medical examination to rule out the possibility of important underlying causes that go beyond simple digestive enzyme insufficiency. If there are no underlying issues, then I strongly suggest that you try a well-balanced digest enzyme formulation.

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