Gas, bloating, and distension is a symptom with diagnostic value as it can happen for a variety of reasons. The digestive system is a significant player in treating chronic diseases, and gas, bloating, and distension are indicators of areas that need to be addressed to get the immune system under control. If bloating or distension occurs immediately after a meal, it is probably due to stomach issues, often caused by a lack of hydrochloric acid in the digestive juices. If it occurs 2-4 hours after a meal, it may indicate a pancreas issue, often related to improper production of digestive enzymes. If it is more than 4 hours after a meal, it may be related to gallbladder or liver issues. The transcript emphasizes the importance of identifying the root cause of gas, bloating, and distension to address underlying digestive problems effectively.
Martin P. Rutherford, DC
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So today it's a topic, and the topic
is gas, bloating, and distension. Get a lot of questions on this, and it's a good
question. It's one of those symptoms that really Has a diagnostic value because it can happen for a
variety of different reasons. Most people come in And go, "Well, yeah, I have gas every time I eat
beans," or something like that. Or I ask people, "Do you have any digestive problems?" And they
go, "Well, no, not really." I say, "Do you have Bloating or distension?" And they go, "Well, no."
And then I'll go, "Do you have gas?" They go, "Well, yeah, everybody's got gas though."
Well, no, everybody does not have gas. You Have gas. That's why you're here.
So basically gas, bloating, distension. It's abnormal. Gas, bloating and distension
is abnormal. In my world, in my practice Of treating mostly chronic diseases and chronic
fatigue and chronic pain, the digestive system Is a huge, huge player in the vast majority
of those. And gas, bloating, distension are Significant indicators of maybe what areas
you need to delve into sooner than later Relative to getting that digestive
chain under control, because 75% of your Immune system is there, and when you're
treating the things that I'm treating, It's nice to get the immune system
under control as quickly as possible. So if you get bloating or distension… If you
get gas or bloating immediately following a meal, Then you probably have stomach issues.
The biggest stomach issue that causes The bloating and distension, or the gas and
bloating, I'm sorry, out of the stomach, Is usually going to be a lack of hydrochloric
acid in the digestive juices. That's important Because if you have a lack of hydrochloric acid
in your stomach, it's kind of the keys to the Digestive kingdom. Proper hydrochloric acid
function kind of sets off the digestive chain With your pancreas and your gallbladder and
your intestines and so on and so forth. It Sterilizes your food. There's a lot of things
that that can mean, and I am talking about gas And bloating immediately following a meal,
maybe during a meal, but definitely immediately Following a meal. What's immediately following
a meal? I would say within minutes, within 15 minutes, 30 minutes, something like that.
Then there's gas and distension and bloating, Let's say, two to three to four hours
later. So you have this bolus of food Sitting there for a while, and then it moves
down into the next part, past your stomach, In the upper part of your intestines. This
is where the pancreas hooks in. And so it Takes a little time to get there. There's a little
different chemical reaction. It's not as immediate As the stomach, but if you're getting that
bloating like two hours later, you're probably Looking at a pancreas issue. There's a lot of
different things that can go on with the pancreas. The vast majority of them are not going to be
pancreatitis or they're not going to be diabetes Type 1 or so on and so forth. It's usually going
to be another digestive issue. Maybe it was that
The stomach wasn't good at talking and it didn't
tell the pancreas to work right. But usually That's going to indicate pancreas. What is the
pancreas usually significant for? In most of you, It's going to be significant because it's not
putting out its digestive enzymes properly. And yes, it also could be significant in that
if you're getting that bloating and distension, I would say more bloating and gas again right at
this point, then it could also have an implication That your pancreas is not functioning well, and
that could have an implication on functional Blood sugar abnormalities. In other words, you
don't have diabetes type 2, but maybe you're Pre-diabetic or maybe you have low blood sugar.
All this from knowing that you have had bloating And gas, two to four hours, three to four hours.
If it's more than four hours, it's more like four Or five hours, now you're probably looking
at gallbladder. You want to know it's your Gallbladder, then you can kind of look in and see
and think about, "Do I problems digesting fatty Foods? Do they give me indigestion? Do they give
me the gas? Do they give me the bloating and the Gas?" And that's gallbladder. You can have itchy
skin. The number one thing you probably would be Looking for would be that you also don't digest
your foods properly. So from that perspective, Gas and bloating, couple of hours, like four
hours later, more than likely it's going to Be in that area of the gallbladder.
And then the next one would be liver. Now, if you get bloating all over. You just
feel like you're bloated all over, not just in Your abdomen, but you get puffy in your hands and
maybe in your face and so on and so forth. That's Potentially a sign of liver issues. There's
a number of different other symptoms that you Can look for for liver. But liver, it can be
a player if the bloating that you're getting Is general, if it's like more or less all over.
Then, the number one thing that I'm always Looking for in gastrointestinal health is
if the person has bloating or distension, And this is where the distension… The distension
usually occurs more with this syndrome, bloating Or distension after eating fibers or starches or
sugars, or bloating or distension after you eat Certain probiotics or certain supplements. This
is kind of a semi-immediate type of a thing. So If it's immediate and it's those specific foods
or nutrients, then you might start thinking About the fact that you might have something
called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, Which is a big deal to have.
And frankly, Having bloating, gas, bloating, or
distension after eating starches, Fibers or sugars is a really good
parameter to use as to whether the Person has small intestinal bacteria overgrowth,
because the small intestinal bacteria overgrowth Hydrogen breath test is not that accurate.
And so a lot of people get false negatives Where they are told that they don't have it, the
small intestinal bacterial growth by the test, But they have all the symptoms of it. So a lot of
people will just say, "Oh, well, I read it all and
I saw it online. I saw Dr. Roseberg, I saw a
million other people talk about it. I thought It was SIBO, but I took the test and it wasn't."
If you have those symptoms, then it would be a Good policy to hedge your bets towards treating
yourself for small intestinal bacteria. You Got nothing to lose if you're losing natural
antibiotics and you're doing the diet properly, The FODMAP diet, and other things that need to
be done for SIBO. But the point is that that's A good diagnostic tool to understand what that
particular type of bloating and distension is. Bloating and distension after starches, fibers or
sugars, certain probiotics, certain supplements. Obviously you can get bloating after certain foods
like beans, and usually that's something that you Are usually aware of because you've had
the experience of doing that for a while. Is that diagnostic of anything? Well, it could be.
It could be diagnostic of you having a sensitivity To that food, or it could just be the food
itself. But gas, bloating and distension, It's unusual for me to not see that in somebody
who comes in here. So those are pretty solid Diagnostic parameters. They're not always going
to be a hundred percent right, but they'll kind Of get you off in the right direction of starting
to explore the digestive problem of gas, bloating, And distension that you apparently haven't figured
out yet because you're looking at this video. So That's gas, bloating, and distention.