One of the worst feelings is BLOATING! It’s painful and uncomfortable and can even affect your energy, mood, and mental sharpness! If you feel bloated all the time (no matter what you eat), this may be due to Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). This is when bacteria from your large intestine (colon) backs up into your small intestine. These bacteria are in the wrong place and produce gas every time you eat! SIBO is a big root cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Normally we have a defense mechanism against SIBO, called the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC). It triggers peristaltic waves of motility that help move the food through your intestines! This helps prevent SIBO as well as bloating and constipation. How can we help our MMC do a better job?
1) Don’t snack between meals. Every time you eat, it puts a pause on your MMC! That’s why I recommend a 4-5 hour window between meals. If you can fast a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, that helps too! Intermittent fasting (16 hours of not eating) gives your MMC uninterrupted time to clean out the small intestine.
2) Take Motility Activator at bedtime! This has a special formulation of ginger that works as a pro-kinetic agent to keep things moving! It helps to “clean sweep” your small intestines while you are sleeping. I’ve seen incredible results in helping patients with chronic bloating, SIBO, and constipation. It’s also useful to prevent a SIBO relapse. To keep your bowels regular, take it with Essential Magnesium at bedtime.
To learn more about SIBO, please check out my YouTube video above.
Motility Activator has been an imperative part of my SIBO treatment protocol! Please share with anyone you know suffering from IBS and bloating.
Rajsree Nambudripad, MD