Candida and Abdominal Bloating

Candida is used usually to refer to the specific candida species Candida albicans, a yeast that lives in host humans. The amount of candida in a healthy person is low, kept so by beneficial bacteria, but imbalance can occur allowing the yeast to become its fungal invasive state. Abdominal bloating refers to the having the feeling of a larger stomach, as opposed to abdominal distension which means the stomach is physically larger than normal. Abdominal bloating is one of the many symptoms reported by internal candida overgrowth sufferers. A lot of people suffer with gas or bloating and many of those cases discover there is a link between candida and abdominal bloating.

Causes of abdominal bloating and gas
While this article is focused on candida and abdominal bloating, there are other causes including;

  • Irregular digestion – in terms of the link between candida and abdominal bloating this may be from a lack of good bacteria that play a key role in digestions. When the body is not digesting food properly the gases that are usually handled by the intestinal canal can stretch it creating the feeling of bloating. The flora of your gut will be looked at in more detail further on
  • Food intolerance/allergies
  • Certain foods can cause more gas to be produced
  • Overeating
  • Partial bowel obstruction
  • PMS
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Parasites
  • Candida
  • Menopause
  • Constipation

Intestinal flora
Intestinal flora and balance of microorganisms is key to the link between candida and abdominal bloating. As mentioned good or beneficial bacteria have an essential role to play in our digestive process. In a person with an overgrowth of candida there are not enough good bacteria to do that job. It is also a fact that a person’s digestive efficiency declines as they age. If you add to that a poor diet, then your chances of having candida and abdominal bloating are a lot higher. Another thing that can cause this symptom is the relocation of those good bacteria to the small intestine of you are eating a lot of sugars.

Preventing candida and abdominal bloating

  • Eat more dietary fiber
  • Keep a food diary to track how foods affect you
  • Eat plenty of fresh organic fruit and vegetables
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Stop drinking sodas
  • Avoid processed, refined or junk foods
  • Avoid consuming too much salt
  • Work out if you are lactose intolerant
  • Get some regular exercise
  • Consider getting the occasional colon cleanse
  • Cut down or out sugar
  • Take digestive enzymes
  • Take probiotics supplements

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