stomach bloating causes

Stomach Bloating Causes: What’s Wrong With Me? [Podcast Episode #106]

Stomach bloating causes can be mysterious. You exercise, eat well and drink lots of water, but every day this still happens...

You wake up in the morning feeling great. You feel light, your stomach feels flat, you're ready to take on the day.

Then you eat something, pretty much anything, and the bloating begins. It gets worse with each meal, and by evening you look like you're pregnant.

Stomach bloating can be uncomfortable. It can be embarrassing. And, it can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your digestive system.

What's causing your stomach bloating? Let's find out...

Stomach Bloating Causes: What's Wrong With Me? [Full Text]

Dave: Hey thanks so much for joining me in this episode of the Make Your Body Work podcast, as you know this show is all about helping you live a healthier and happier life. Today we are talking about bloat and can you relate?

You wake up in the morning and your stomach looks good, you got a flat stomach maybe, you don't feel bloated at all, you feel really good, maybe a little bit hungry, and then you notice as the day goes on that flat stomach goes away and your stomach gets a little bigger and a little bigger. And by the time you go to bed, it looks like you're pregnant.

That's exactly what Christina wrote in and she said, she says "In the morning I wake up feeling good but as the day progresses I get more and more bloated, by night I look pregnant", see I wasn't just making it up. "By night I look pregnant, I eat a pretty clean diet but there's obviously something going on, what do you think?".

Christina thanks for writing in and thanks for being honest that you feel like you look like you're pregnant by the end of the day. I've been there, I can remember exactly what you're talking about, feeling like I was eating clean and there was still something wrong.

I could've eaten vegetables all day long and still I would've had this big pregnant looking bloaty stomach by the end of the day. What the heck is going on? It's uncomfortable, it can be painful, and it just aesthetically it doesn't look good, especially when you're working hard to be fit. To have the bloaty stomach sort of undo that as the day goes on, it can be a little disheartening.

So I have an amazing guest today and he specializes in digestive science, he's got really a great personal story as to how he got into this but now he runs a supplement company and he's done all sorts of research for exactly this issue.

Stomach bloating causes may vary, but any regular bloating indicates that your body isn't properly extracting nutrients from your food

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Bloating, digestive issues that prevent us from extracting the nutrients that we need from our food, and I'll tell you, you're going to learn so much. He gets so excited about digestion it's almost comical how excited he gets to share his wisdom because he's been through it. So I'm really excited to introduce to you Wade Lightheart.

Meet Wade Lightheart

Dave: Hey Wade, thanks so much for joining us on the show today.

Wade: Great to be here Dave.

Dave: I was just checking out bio, how do you pronounce your website? BiOptimizers?

Wade: Bi-optimizers or Bio-optimizers, depending on how you want to handle the O.

Dave: BiOptimizers, and so you have a really impressive picture on there, I'm looking at it right now, giving us a big bicep flex. So you were a competitive body builder and a champion, I think three time champion, tell us a little bit about your body building career.

Wade: Well it's kind of a long, I'll try to make a long story short. Basically three interesting things happened to me when I was 15 years old. One, my parents moved to a very rural place five miles to my nearest neighbor so I had nothing to do and no place to go.

Second thing, my sister at the time, my older sister four years my senior, was diagnosed with cancer and I watched her go through the medical model before she died so I learned a lot that health wasn't a guarantee. And number three, she had given me a body building magazine it had a picture of Mr. California Troy Zuccolotto and two very attractive on the cover, and of course being 15 and driven out of my mind with testosterone I thought wow boys I better get some of these muscles if I want to have some girls.

And I had nothing else better to do so I built a gym in my barn because there wasn't any gyms, it was 50 miles to my nearest gym so I started training and reading Arnold Schwarzenegger books and reading muscle magazines and started thinking that I could build health from building my muscles up.

And that led to of course a career, I went to exercise physiology at the University of New Brunswick and then began studying and mentoring under some of the top sports nutritionists in the world, became a sports nutritionist and also hired one of the world class body building coaches and ended up representing our country 16 years later at the Mr. Universe contest, which fundamentally was interesting because that's what actually changed the course of my life. I had a personal crisis immediately after that that made me rethink what was health, what was fitness, and what I wanted to do with my life after that.

Building a Healthy YOU From the Inside Out

Dave: That's interesting that you finished your story there that way because as you were speaking I was just thinking some of the listeners, most of the listeners of this show are women, might think Dave why do you have a man body builder on here? What are we going to learn from him? But your story isn't complete there, can you tell us a little bit about what happened next? What did you start to study and what do you do now?

Wade: Well I think I can rate with a lot of your listeners in the fact that here's what I was doing, I was doing everything right. I had the best coach, I was following my diet, I was training at a very high level and the pictures all look good and I had this cosmetic ideal if you will, competing at that contest.

But after the contest I gained 42 pounds of fat and water in just 11 weeks. So I went from Mr. Universe to Mr. Marshmallow and I was like, it was shocking, I was in my early 30's and I was like how is this possible?

I'm supposed to be an expert, I'm supposed to be doing all these things, I've got the best coach, I'm doing everything right and here I had a complete meltdown and I had a complete disaster and I lost what I thought [inaudible 00:05:45]. And on top of that I want to add one thing, preparing for that show I was tired, I had achy joints, I had trouble sleeping, I had brain fog, I might've looked good but I certainly didn't feel good.

And I was really lucky, after that contest I met a medical doctor, his name was Dr. Michael O'Brien and what happened is I went to him and I said I don't understand, by the way he was curing all these people of all these crazy illnesses and really he was just a remarkable person.

He was in his 70's, and he had like perfect skin, vibrant, and he had so much energy, I was like wow I'd like to be like this guy, I'm 30 and I don't have the energy this guy, don't look as good as this guy and he must be doing something right. And so what he told me was this, he said Wade, you've learned to build the body from the outside in but you haven't learned how to build the body from the inside out.

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And that hit me like a ton of bricks because it was true, it was obvious, and my insides had now started to reflect on my outsides and I think everybody can relate to that, feelings of bloating, bad skin condition, maybe brain fog, maybe not feeling theirselves, maybe lower sex drive whatever it happens to be in your life you kind of know if you're feeling on and kind of know if you're feeling off.

And I think there's a lot of people out there today that are feeling off and fortunately I followed Dr. O'Brien's, number one I cleaned up my digestive health, that was the first and foremost thing that I had to do I had to clean up my digestive health. And when I did that I was able to rebuild my health, my vitality, I made a comeback about four years later, I placed better at the world championships than I did the first time.

And I didn't have great genetics, I wasn't like some guy that was just born with muscles or anything like that, but what it was is I was able to do things that other people weren't able to do because I learned the principles of how to build myself on the inside out and ever since, for the last 10 years, I've been just sharing that all around the world and helping literally people from all walks of life, men women children senior citizens, you name it, I just love it because inside we're all the same.

Dave: I love that message. You know what I was thinking, as you were speaking there I was thinking that quite often we use the outside, that's our only barometer for progress or health or fitness or whatever it is and I just hear from clients all the time that are constantly chasing that barometer to say yes you've arrived or yes you're healthy. To the point where we completely negate, we don't even think about what's going on in the inside because we're so focused on that external.

Wade: Well here's the thing, over the course of the last decade, little bit more than that, I've been able to coach 15,000 clients from around the world and here's what's really interesting and keep in mind I've had well over 100 fitness professionals.

I'm talking women fitness professionals, people that you see on the cover of the women's fitness magazines and on the cover of various periodicals that you'll see and that are promoted to women. And I can tell you over 90 percent of those women are dealing with compromised digestive systems, compromised hormonal systems, compromised psychology, it's really quite tragic.

So what a lot of women are aspiring to, and not saying that you can't look great and feel great, you can, but often times those principles aren't being taught to people and what they do is they get the look and then they end up showing up on my doorstep in metabolic crisis, having all sorts of maybe psychological, emotionally or excessive weight gain and stomach bloating, some of the things that I went through.

And so I can relate and it's tragic and I'm here to help reveal what's going on behind that and what people can do to avoid that for themselves and apply in their own life so that they can be at their best. They might not be on a stage or they might not be on the cover of the magazine, but everybody wants to look their best and everybody needs to feel their best if they're going to achieve what they want to do in life.

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Digestive Symptoms that Appear with Age

Dave: Mm-hmm (affirmative), again, I completely agree. Years ago when I used to be a face to face trainer I remember I was training at a gym where there were a couple of girls who were trainers for women who wanted to compete on stage and I remember they would tell me about the dieting they did particularly right up to the show and you know this, not drinking water, eating virtually no carbs because you don't want to hold in anymore water than your body needs to, trying to basically make every muscle show as much as possible.

And my clients would be working out in the gym and they would see these women right before the show and they would always be asking me like hey can we try that diet that they're doing or can we try that workout.

And it was really hard to explain to them sort of convincingly that that isn't what they need like if you're competing in a show, sure you might need that for a week or a couple of weeks but in terms of just healthy day to day living, it's not sustainable.

Wade: No it's not and actually women's bodies are a little bit different than men's in that they're far more sensitive to hormonal changes and they're far more sensitive to caloric restrictive diets. Women generally need to carry a higher body fat percentage than men, and when you start playing with that particularly if women are younger and they start messing with that, it's a problem.

What's interesting is women get older, when they start hitting their late 30's and early 40's, if they start doing the right things, often times they can achieve a level of fitness and leanness that their counterparts who are younger aren't able to attain and I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of women who are post 30 as I would say, and pre-menopausal and post-menopausal and it's phenomenal the kind of changes that they can make in their lives if they apply some of these principles.

Dave: Oh Wade, you just became best friends with a huge percentage of the listeners here. I just know from the emails I get all the time, a lot of listeners are in that boat where they're saying hey I'm hitting my late 30's now, 40's 50's, my body's different than it used to be and they compare themselves to the younger version of themselves or other girls they see in their bootcamp classes and feel like there's no hope.

So I'm really excited for the listeners to hear your message and that sort of segways into Christina's question because she's talking about taking care of her body in a different way.

She says I wake up feeling great but as the day progresses I feel worse and worse, she talks about being bloated, looking pregnant. She doesn't say how old she is but I know this is something, well I'll ask you I guess first of all, would you say that this is something that happens more and more as we age?

Wade: Absolutely. First off, if you're feeling bloaty, here's the symptoms that people are getting, acid reflux, heartburn, stomach bloating, constipation, and brain fog. If you have any one of those at any time during the week, you can bet that you have a seriously compromised digestive system. And I'm not saying minutely, I'm saying serious.

Number two, if you're having energetic shifts and you're relying particularly on caffeine to get you through the day, you're setting yourself up for a big wake-up call down the road. And there's a number of things that people can do in order to turn this around and it does take a little bit of time, but if you do so often times you can fire up your metabolic furnace, you can turn back the clock, but more importantly you can start going through your day without relying on the stimulants or a lot of the cosmetic agents to look and feel your best.

Is Your Body Absorbing and Utilizing Food Properly?

Dave: Okay let's start at the very beginning then. What is it that causes, in most cases, those symptoms you mentioned?

Wade: Well that's a great question, so let's look at, we've all heard the old saying you are what you eat right? So the reality is that's not necessarily true, we are what we absorb and utilize. So almost every different diet program out there is going to appeal to one segment of the bell curve if you're looking at a scientific periodical, you know those traditional bell curves we learned in those boring statistic classes?

And we have the bulk of the population probably within 70 percent range and then you have the extremes on the 12 and a half and the real extremes on the two and a halves. Unfortunately what happens is any time you see a diet advocate or a product advocate or whatever, you're going to see someone reporting from the 2.5 extreme but… the person that, everything miraculous happened because I took the magic pill or I did the magic diet.

What you don't see, is you don't see all the in betweens, but what most of these diets don't address is what is the ability of that person to actually absorb and utilize the foods they need and eliminate the things that they don't? And our digestive system starts from your mouth and it goes all the way to Uranus and the thing is, it's a single canal.

The food isn't in your body, it's in the canal, it's not inside your cells and your energy is determined by what you get in your cells, how you look is determined by how well those cells are fueled, and also how you rid yourself of the various toxic substances that we are ingesting just as a result of living in the modern world.

Whether it's pesticides from our food, whether it's agents of like chemical agents genetically modified foods, whether it's preservatives, whether it's colorings whether it's dyes whether it's MSG whether it's fumes from the cars going by. All of these things contribute to the health of our cells and the absorbability of our nutrients and if we don't address those things, the slide down the hill happens a lot quicker than we would like.

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Stopping Stomach Bloat Stage 1: Enzymes

Dave: Again, I completely believe that and I think the listeners have probably heard this, there is uniqueness so we're all different, what works for you might not work for me.

The difficult part in that is if you again picture that bell curve and you hear this spokesperson saying hey try this diet and they are, as you said, in that top two and a half percent that just miraculously it works perfectly for them, the rest of us are somewhere on the bottom half of that bell curve. How do we discover what our miraculous cure is? Where would we be in that top two and a half percent?

Wade: Well I think the first thing is is one has to look at we first need to be able to be flexible in our thought process and that is to not become dogmatic in our beliefs and dogmatic in approach and that's very very very difficult. Second thing is there are some similarities between everybody and what that is is, for example one of my friends is Dr. Horst Filtzer, he's a heart surgeon that put the first stint in the body.

And guess what, he can open up anybody's heart and he could do a surgery on it and he can fix it, so we know that more or less, everybody's heart is relatively the same. They might be different side, they might have some blockages, but we know that the heart functions in a certain format.

The same thing with your digestive system, your digestive system works in a relatively similar format to every single other person. Now the processes may be compromised or you may have some issues that aren't working, but you can actually apply that using science and sensibility to get your system working the way it was designed to do. So let's look at how the digestive system works, and I'll give a, if it's okay with you, I'm going to give a brief overview of how digestion works, is that okay Dave?

Dave: Yeah yeah, please do.

Wade: Okay, so food digestion starts in the mouth, we start chewing up our food and then it goes into the esophagus, down the esophagus and into the upper cardiac portion of the stomach, the top half of the stomach.

This is where the enzymes present in the food are going to start breaking down that food and guess what, and I'll get to the reason why this is important in just a moment, but that's where that process happens. And keep in mind that if you don't have enzymes present in the food, your body is now going to have to manufacture, digest that food at a huge metabolic cost.

In other words that means these enzymes aren't going to be used for making your brain work better or making your skin look better or detoxing the body or any of the other 25,000 functions that they do in the body. Guess what, they're going to be, all your resources are going to be, or most your resources are going to be going to digestion.

That's not a normal state. If you look at any animal species on the planet, they eat their food in a raw state. So if I'm a lion and I'm going to attack some zebras, I kill the zebra I eat the zebra.

If I am a horse, I eat grass, and I eat the grass in a live state and I consume those enzymes and the same thing as the carnivores, they go and eat the entrails where are the enzymes and probiotics are present before they eat any of the carcass. But humans, in our sophistication and evolution have developed ways of storing and preserving and cooking our foods.

So anything cooked over 118 doesn't have enzymes present, so right by nature the average 40 year old, and this is according to Dr. Howell who wrote Enzyme Nutrition and Enzymes for Health and Longevity decades ago, he said hey guess what? The average 40 year old has less than 30 percent of the enzymes present that they had while they were a child.

Now you need enzymes from everything to thinking to blinking, they increase and accelerate all metabolic processes and as we go through aging, this depletion of the enzymes causes us to not be able to process food the same way, to have the same bounce in our step, to maybe remember the way we used to or to have the cognitive function that we wanted or have our hair as shiny as we like it or all these different things.

And also when we're not breaking down a food, what do we start to feel first? We feel bloated, we feel gas, we might feel acid reflux, we might feel the foods sitting in our stomach, I used to be able to have steaks and now I can't or I used to be able to eat this food and now it doesn't make me feel so good, or when I drink a coffee in the morning I don't feel so good. And a lot of times because we've lost the enzymatic capacity to break this down.

And now we're aware of this with people who are like lactose intolerant, we all heard of people who can't digest milk sugars, lactose, so they need a product called lactase. Well now we hear all these gluten free diets, well why? Because people can't break down gluten anymore because they've had so much of it their body doesn't have the ability to do it so it says let's avoid this. This is happening and one that's not talked about is the ability to break down protein which is required by proteias.

This is what constitutes muscle tissue in our body, it also undigested proteins creates a whole host of feed for bad bacteria, we can get into yeast infections, we can get into brain fog, we can get into depression because of undigested proteins. So without digesting the food that we're eating in that first stage, we've got problems. So that's stage number one.

Now stage number two, and stop me if you need to interject because I get really passionate about this...

Dave: I would like to ask you a question about this and maybe you're going to go here but so if that was the problem, if we could identify that that is the problem, is there a simple solution or what do people do about this? Because I would imagine a high percentage of our listeners, they are suffering from a lack of enzymes or eating the wrong types of food that their body doesn't have the type of enzymes that they need to actually process.

Are Enzyme Supplements for the Masses?

Wade: Yes and it's really simple. Take a really high quality digestive enzyme before you eat, not during, actually before or you can even sprinkle it on the food and that's going to return it back to its natural nature and that's going to reduce you from having those challenges that kind of take us out of the day, like your listener ...

Dave: Can you tell us a specific one? Is there, and I'll add a link to it in the show notes.

Wade: Yeah sure, the product that I developed is a product called Masszymes, it's enzymes for the masses and it's a conglomerate of 13 different enzymes put together with some enzyme enhancers and it's a whole food based organic cultured plant based enzyme in a plant based capsule so it's usable by everybody. Which is literally the most potent enzyme blend on the planet, and I'm not just saying that, it's not inexpensive but it actually works.

And I can't tell you, what's interesting is I developed this originally for my bodybuilding days because I had to rebuild myself from this digestive disorder that I had and I never imagined, I was using it for performance, I never would've imagined that I would end up a decade later using this as the number one resource for people to solve their digestive issues. In fact, I founded a digestive company based on these principles.

Dave: I'm going to put a link for all the listeners in the show notes and you can go right to this product, it's call Masszymes, so if you go to makeyourbodywork.com/106 I'll have that link there as well as all the links that we talk about, all the resources we talk about will be in those show notes. So that's awesome, really simple solution, that I interrupted you Wade, that was stage number one, continue stage number two?

Stopping Stomach Bloat Stage 2: Hydrochloric Acid

Wade:Yes. Now stage number two is, what happens is your body has hydrochloric acid that comes into the body and what's interesting about hydrochloric acid is that even though it's an acid, in order to produce it you need to be hydrated and my experience is that 95 percent of the population that used to come into my clinic were chronically dehydrated.

And what I mean by chronically is that one day of great water or two days, it would often take three to six weeks to fully hydrate them again to where they were, their tissues was in an optimum kind of robust state. And we measure that with interstitial water scans which is a very advanced way to check the hydration levels not only of your body but of literally every cell and organ of the body.

And so this hydrochloric acid had two parts. Number one, it changes the pH of your food mixture at this time because you're starting to break down, into lower and lower pH's and this is where key amino acids are going to be cleaved off.

And one of the reasons why we have a multi-stage proteolytic protein is because the proteins are broken at 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 and different amino acids cross over, and you need these amino acids to make your hormones right, you need them to make your brain feel good, it makes you to have all the energy you have and also to repair and heal your tissues.

The second part that the hydrochloric acid does, is it disinfects our food so if there's any parasites, if there's any pathogens, if there's bacteria that we shouldn't get in there, then that'll eliminate it.

And we've all had the experience of where we've gone somewhere in the world, maybe you went on vacation to Mexico or something like that, and your trip was ruined because you got some bacteria in your body and it didn't wipe it out. Well guess what? You can really improve that by adding HCL into your diet.

Now some people are going, well wait I've got acid reflux and I've got heartburn and these kind of kitchens. Well what most people don't know and what your doctor generally doesn't tell you is that acid reflux and heartburn isn't caused by too much acid, it's caused by too little hydrochloric acid.

And what happens is there's a little sphincter on top of our stomach called the esophageal sphincter at the very bottom of your esophagus, that when enough acid builds up in your stomach, this flap closes and prevents the acid from splashing up.

If you don't get, if you're not producing, your body's not producing enough hydrochloric acid what happens is that flap stays open, some of that acid can splash up causing heartburn and causing pain in the esophagus, acid reflux.

Now the medical science what they'll do is they'll say hey, you know what you've got too much acid, we're going to give you a proton pump or we're going to give you some Tums or we're going to give you some Pepto Bismal to coat that and protect that, or we're going to stop producing acid.

Well proton pumps are only used for four weeks to six weeks, that's what the medical literature has, so it doesn't solve the problem it only masks the problem, same as Pepto Bismal, same as [inaudible 00:25:50], it's just varying degrees of how far you want to go down that rabbit hole.

And what that's going to do is it's going to let more of the bad guys get into your system which can really really compromise your health and we'll talk about the third stage in just a second.

What is the Best Time to Drink Water?

Dave: So a couple questions about that, you mentioned hydration and then we talked about hydrochloric acid in the stomach, can you talk a little bit about drinking water around meal times and what that result is in terms of hydration and acid levels in your stomach?

Wade: Yeah, well ultimately if you're going to take in water you want to drink it 15 to 30 minutes before you eat, not during. And it's not because the water's going to dissipate the hydrochloric acid, the acid is so strong it won't. You want enough water that you can produce that hydrochloric acid.

What the water… if you drink it with your meal will do, it will dilute your enzymatic potential of that and that will make it much more difficult for your body to break down the food.

Dave: So drink water 15 20 minutes before and then is there a waiting period after a meal that people should wait?

Wade: Yeah, what I suggest people, and if you're really suffering from acid reflux or heartburn is to add some a really high grade hydrochloric acid tablet about 30 minutes after you eat, or even if you're getting to dessert you can probably throw it down then because you're already, the digestive processes are probably well underway if you're out at a nice dinner somewhere or something like that.

And it's really quite shocking how quickly that can turn around for people, I've had, I don't know, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people just go wow Wade I can't believe that this changed everything, I've had acid reflux for years.

Dave: All right, well take us to stage number three.

Stopping Stomach Bloat Stage 3: Microbiome Health

Wade: Now, stage number three, so now in this critical stage what happens is the food that you've just consumed, whatever your diet is, now starts to exit your stomach and into the intestinal tract.

Now your body will release what's called bicarbonate buffers which is a fancy name for minerals and those minerals now buffer the acid that's coming out of your stomach so that you don't burn holes in your intestinal tract.

So duodenal ulcers and things like that is often because there's a spillover of acids and there's not enough mineral present inside the body because we have such mineral deficient diets nowadays, to create an offsetting for this process.

Once that food chime has now entered into the intestinal tract, there's these little guys called probiotics that are going to break that down to the final stage and they're going to take whatever is left of that food and turn it into the key nutrients that our cells need in order to function, it's going to take it across the intestinal tract past the blood brain barrier so that gets into our system and is carried out throughout the body in order to do the functions that it's supposed to do.

Now, here's the deal, this is what is shocking, we actually have more bacteria in our body than we do cells and the numbers are somewhere times five times to ten times the amount of bacteria in our body than cells. So imagine this, the average person is running somewhere between four to ten pounds of bacteria inside their system.

If you have a compromised intestinal tract, the first sign is that you're going to get stomach bloating caused by gas or you're going to be constipated. If you've got one of those things going on you can be your bacteria cultures inside your body are not optimized, and what is optimized?

Well, science says that 10 percent of these bacteria are good, 10 percent are bad, and 80 percent are opportunists, in other words they will grow based on the diets that you have, the lifestyle that you have, the environment that you're in, or the amount of stress that you're experiencing.

All these contribute to what, and it's called, the formal term and scientific term it's called the microbiome. And there's an incredible amount of research going on this area because science has indicated that the fifth leading cause of death is digestive related illnesses, it's the number one expected illness or type of cancer for millennials coming on, what they're predicting right now because of the amount of millennials that have digestive problems that are going on, let alone people who are older.

And so if you go back to Dr. Howell's research, he said well guess what, the average 40 year old has less than 30 percent of the enzymes, the average 40 year old produces less than 30 percent of the hydrochloric acid that they did when they were in their 18's and medical science today has demonstrated that the average person has a compromised microbiome because of the massive use of antibiotics. So the question is what are we doing on a daily basis to bring back this microbiome?

Which Stage Do You Need to Focus On?

Dave: So again maybe you're going to get there but you just explained very clearly these three stages and the three potential problem areas, one for each stage. Are those three that would always go hand in hand or someone like Christina who writes in and says by the end of the day I look pregnant, or is it one of those stages? What is most common?

Wade: I would say if you were to look at what is the most common I would say it's about a 50/50 deal between an enzymatic issue and a probiotic issue. It almost always starts out as an enzymatic issue at first and this is where people end up switching diets, they might've been on a diet and this one doesn't work for them anymore or their body's not responding because their body has adjusted or maybe has been compromised just from the natural aging process and we don't have enough enzymes to break down that food.

The second stage would be particularly people who have used a lot of antibiotics or have been ill or maybe suffer from things like yeast infections or other things like that on a regular basis. Their stomach bloating causes or constipation may be due to a bacteria issue.

And this often, women tend to be more affected by this because they're a little bit more self-conscious about going to the bathroom, they'll often hold themselves more and things like that, if they have gas they'll hold it in, things like that. And they're a lot less likely to talk about these things or to share these things and typically we see a lot of women that are particularly prone to bacterial related issues.

And one of the courses that we find is using a very very, a customized extremely potent probiotic to start getting that microbiome back into the case or into the situation that it was designed to be at. And when we do that a lot of these problems just simply go away.

But to finish off that question, if it was an ultimate case what I would suggest and what I've noticed with most people is you address all three issues at once right out of the gate for maybe a course of 90 days, that's about what it takes to rebuild that whole microbiome if you're going aggressively and then from there you just adjust based on your lifestyle.

Can You Achieve Good Digestive Health Without Supplementation?

Dave: That's really positive to know because I'm sure some of the listeners were wondering okay you're telling me that I need to take these supplements, is this going to be a lifelong thing and no one wants to be on medication whether it's natural or not for life, so this is something that your body, my body, everyone's body can be adjusted to and then once it's in a state of functioning well, your microbiome is healed, it should be able to continue on its own without supplementation?

Wade: Well you know here's something, I think you can have an average level of health without supplementation but over the last, I've been knocking around the… I'm in my mid 40's and I've been knocking around the health industry for a long long time, literally I got started when I was 15 so that gives you an idea that's going back 30 years. And most of my mentors and the people that I admire and learn from are often times in their 60's 70's and 80's.

I haven't met one of them that isn't using, that are experiencing awesome like outstanding levels of health like jaw dropping like how do you look that way or how do you have that much energy health, I haven't met one of them that's not taking enzymes and not taking probiotics at that age. Not one.

Dave: Hmm, that's super convincing, I believe it and probiotics has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, I've anecdotally talked to many people similar who are health professionals who would say the same.

Wade: Yeah, and then really it's because of this, we're not designed to live in the, humans are not designed to live in the environments that we live in today. We live extremely high stress lives, we are subjected to an array of chemicals and chemicalized water with chlorine and fluoride which affect thyroid production and also kill off.

We've been subjected to massive amounts of antibiotics, I'm not here to throw medical industry under the bus, we're getting all these food stuffs with colors and dyes and preservatives and all these things, humans haven't, these have only been around for a couple of, a few decades.

We haven't adjusted to this lifestyle that we've cultivated in modern society, we're living in boxes towering up in the sky, we're not out on the ground eating fresh food, we're not out taking time we're working longer than ever before, we're staring into blue lights [inaudible 00:35:04]. All of these contribute to the overall distress that we're experiencing on a daily basis and I think everybody is feeling it to a certain level.

Make Your Body Work Takeaway

Dave: Again I completely agree. Wade, we've gone down so many different roads, there's a lot we could continue to talk about but I would like to wrap this up with what's called a Make Your Body Work Takeaway and that's just sort of an action step. So I want to go back to the original question here from Christina who's talking about how stomach bloating causes her to look pregnant. What is the first step that someone in her position should start with today?

Wade: Number one, she needs to make sure that she drinks enough water.

Number two she needs to if she can eliminate or reduce the amount of caffeine she's drinking in a day.

Number three she needs to go on an elimination diet, start watching and tracking the things that are causing the problem. And then finally number four I would highly recommend taking a course of enzymes and probiotics and if she can, some hydrochloric acid for 30, 60, 90 days and watch her body turn around.

Dave: Awesome, and you have a course, can you tell us about your awesome health course because maybe this is a place that people would like to get started.

Wade: Yeah there's a lot to take in here and I created a 12 week course, it's called The Awesome Health Course and you'll be able to get it from awesomehealthcourse.com/makeyourbodywork.

Normally I retail that for 297 bucks but for every one of your listeners you'll get that for free just for listening to the show, and basically what it is is it's 12 weeks, 84 little videos, they're five to 15 minutes that you can watch at any point and time that you want and this course kind of goes into all the different things that you can do on a daily basis.

It's in easy format, you can go back and look at it we talk about digestion, we talk about probiotics, we talk about water, we talk about breathing, we talk about mental approach, meditation, we talk about the coaches and the tests that people can have.

It's basically the compilation of literally 25 plus years in the industry teaching what I've done and taking all those experts and compressing them into a simple and easy to understand format that you can watch on your cell phone if you want when you got a free minute while you're waiting at the bus stop or waiting for your cab or whatever it happens to be. So it's simple, easy and I think there's a lot of value in there.

Dave: Oh Wade that's so generous of you, and so everyone who's listening and Christina particularly, hopefully you're listening to this episode, if you go to makeyourbodywork.com/106 I'll have a link directly to that free course as well as to Wade's website and to some of the products that we talked about today and some of the other resources we talked about today. Wade I just want to say one more time honestly thanks so much for spending time with us, it was neat hearing you get passionate talking about digestion.

Wade: You know, I've been fortunate enough like I said to work with over 15,000 people from every walk of life and it never ceases to amaze me of how many people are suffering from digestion issues. They don't understand their stomach bloating causes and how easy it is to fix those things like gas, the bloating, the pants not fitting, the not looking or feeling your best or that tired thing just by cleaning up digestion and I'm on this mission and I can't wait to share it. And so I want to thank you Dave for having me on here and sharing with your listeners and hopefully if someone's out there suffering, they'll give it a shot and see how it works for them.

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Dave: Wade thanks again for being on the show today and like I said at the top of the show, for your excitement, for your enthusiasm, for just sharing your personal experience and really desiring to help other people have a similar experience to fix their gut biome for them to fix their digestion for them to be finally able to extract nutrients from food in a way that doesn't cause that bloating, doesn't cause heartburn, doesn't cause all that pain that so many of us go through pretty much every time we eat.

And for everyone who tuned in, thanks for listening, as Wade talked about those three different stages, what do you think it could be for you? And maybe you haven't tried any supplements before and I'm going to give again in the show notes, I'm going to link out to some that Wade recommends that you can try.

If you go to makeyourbodywork.com/106 you can take a look at those or talk to your doctor, tell your doctor he or she about what you learned in this episode and about the symptoms you're facing and what sort of supplements would your doctor recommend that would maybe help you get over this problem.

Because life is too short and you work too hard to be healthy to let something like poor digestion throw that all out the window. So thanks again for tuning in and I can't wait to see you here again next week.

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