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Can someone explain to me why is it that when I eat wheat bread (like on a sandwich) I always get a real tight, bloated and, stuffy feeling in my stomach? I heard that bread has an ingredient in it that causes this feeling? Any advice?
You could have an allergy to wheat or you could not be able to digest gluten. The inability to digest gluten is called celiac disease.
Yeast intolerance can also cause the same symptoms; a gastrointentinal candidiasis is often present.
It sounds like celiac disease to me. Do foods like milk and cheese also upset your stomach and cause gas? A dairy intolerance is common along with celiac disease.
I would definitely go to the doctor and get them to do the initial blood work for celiac. If you do have celiac and it goes undiagnosed you could be at a greater risk for intestinal/rectal carcinoma not to mention just the damage that it will do to the lining of your intestines alone. So, don't take it lightly, get the test. They may try to say the insurance wont pay, but being symptomatic with intestinal problems you are having should be all they need to cover the test. Genetics can play a big part in celiac, but then again, I am the only one in my family thus far (diagnosed 20 years ago) that has been diagnosed, so it does not have to be in the family either for you to have it. Not trying to scare you; just some info to think about. It's a very treatable disease with some lifestyle changes. Good luck.
Boy, does everyone think it's celiac disease. I have actually looked into this, not impressed. If those of you & onesummer out there, think it's because you can't digest wheat & or grains, you are partly right, but if you have problems digesting bread, you more than likely have problems digesting other things. Things that are more important than digesting those high glycemic foods, that are not necessarily good for you anyway. Now to the fullness & bloating, that's cause the grains & fiber are fermenting in your stomach. Fermenting causes gas & expansion. What is happening is your digestion is slow, allowing the stuff to sit there too long & if it's slow, then you are not making one or more of the constituents needed to completely digest whatever gets to your stomach.
You are probably feeding candida, too. Insufficient digestive juices causes undigested food to get into your intestines & they leak through the intestinal walls, causing candida to grow unchecked. Then you are in a world of hurt. Candida is the bacteria that takes over when you die, to breakdown your tissues, the process of death. You need it in ur body, but not in overwhelming numbers.
When that happens & you feel the results, you need to work on it fast. The 1st thing to do is work on your digestion, this will stop the bloating, right now. Betaine hydrochloride w/ pepsin might help, it's cheap & easy to find. I used it for 8mo with only a 5%, maybe, improvement. You may have to get some HCl. Try the betaine, though stay away from the grains for awhile.. Look for a glycemic index, & stay at the top of it.
Remember the discomfort & bloating are only indicators that other stuff is off kilter. All of these symptoms that we go to the doctorr with, generally don't get looked at by them, as just symptoms that something is wrong. Do not let them give you anything that cuts down on stomach acid, somewhere down the line, you'll end up with something much worse than bloating. Most doctors don't know how to be detectives, and that is very sad for the rest of us.
If you can find the root cause of something & take care of that, then all the other things going on, that you haven't become aware of yet, won't get worse. Everything will get better. Most symptoms that so many of us experience, have much more profound causes & they are just trying to tell us,something is wrong. Unfortunately, most things the doctor tells you to take or writes a Rx for, just put band aids on the symptoms.
Think of the boy with his finger in the dyke. It only plugs the leak for a bit & then things escalate. Sometimes slowly, & it may take years to sprout up something designed to get your attention because you didn't listen the 1st time. The human body can usually heal itself, given the right stuff to do so. Remember that medical doctors were designed to treat emergencies, which they do well, but the rest of the time they are fumbling around in the dark. The operative phrase being "practicing medicine", usually on us, till they get it right & we pay the price in misery & pain. They don't have to live with our discomfort, and they put their pants on one leg at a time, like the rest of us, they are not gods, contrary to popular belief.
Check out candida & see if it sounds familiar, check out the symptoms of deficient gastrin, HCl & pancreatic enzymes. I haven't looked up fermentation, but it might be interesting. I lived with that bloating, discomfort, upset & diarrhea for over 5 years, my problem lasted almost 8 years, before I found out this info. I'd been to 7 doctors in the meantime. I suffered through their "cures". I found this stuff by myself.
Here's a nice thought, if you have bad digestion from not enough HCl, parasites get into your body & set up housekeeping. HCl is antibacterial, the stomach is "suppose" to b a sterile environment. HCl is suppose to kill any invading organisms that don't belong there. It also helps to completely breakdown your food to a liquid. Honest, a liquid. So when you see pieces of food in your feces, you got problems. Hope some of this is helpful I wouldn't want anyone out there to live with what I have.