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Why Many Women Suffer From Bloating After Meals:

And How To Solve It

- by Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP

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It’s no secret that more women than men suffer from abdominal bloating after meals. The reason is often based on the fact that women simply make lower amounts of digestive enzymes than do men. As a result, they don’t completely breakdown protein, carbohydrate and fat into their singular components; a process that is necessary to allow nutrients to be absorbed from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. With insufficient digestive enzyme secretion some food remains in the intestinal tract in a partially digested state. This food matter, which is unable to be absorbed, acts like a magnet drawing water to itself within the intestinal tract. And this is what causes bloating to occur. But there is simple solution.

So, what’s the solution? For most women the problem can be resolved by simply taking a high potency, full spectrum digestive enzyme supplement with your two largest meals each day. A supplement of this nature helps your body break down all the food you eat into a form that allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, no partially digested food matter remains in the intestinal tract, which solves the bloating and abdominal distension and discomfort problem.

It is, however, imperative that the digestive enzyme supplement contain all the digestive enzymes required to ensure that the digestive process is 100% complete. However, be aware that many enzyme supplement formulations are incomplete or ineffective, sometimes providing active agents such as bromelain or papaya enzymes. These enzymes do not work well as digestive enzymes in the intestinal tract. As a result, inferior products of this nature will not improve your nutritional status and eliminate post-meal bloating problems.

However, if you use the right combination and dosage of the digestive enzymes that actually break down food in your intestinal tract, then you will likely discover that they can eliminate or greatly reduce post-meal bloating, abdominal distension/discomfort, and even improve some food sensitivity and other digestive problems.

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Why Many Women Suffer From Bloating After Meals: And How To Solve It

Dr. James Meschino, 


What Are The Enzymes That Get The Job Done?

Here is a list of the most important digestive enzymes that should be included in an effective digestive enzyme supplement:


Protease I

Protease II






These enzymes help your body break down carbohydrates, including starches, lactose, sucrose (table sugar), and other common sugars found in fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and grains. These enzymes also help you digest protein and fat from all sources, improving bioavailability of protein as well as fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Coenzyme Q10, Beta-Carotene and other carotenes found in food.

Take Digestive Enzymes With Prebiotics

To improve digestion and assimilation the supplement should also include prebiotics, which help support the growth of the friendly bacteria in the large intestine. Prebiotics include inulin and fructo- oligosaccharid, which are natural foods that the friendly bacteria consume in order to multiply and crowd out unfriendly bacteria and candida (yeast), within the large bowel.

These friendly bacteria not only improve absorption, but supplementation with prebiotics has been shown to improve conditions such as eczema and some rheumatic conditions, via their effects on bolstering levels of gut friendly bacteria, which in turn, exert a positive effect on immune system regulation.

There is no doubt that many women feel and look better when they
take the right digestive enzyme product after their primary meals
each day. If this has been a problem for you and you really want to
say good-bye to bloating after meals and the embarrassing
appearance of a protruding abdomen, then I suggest that you take a
supplement containing digestive enzymes and prebiotics after your
two largest meals each day.

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Be Aware Of Other causes of Abdominal Bloating

Abdominal bloating can also be an indication of other hidden problems, such a food intolerances, celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, all of which may also benefit from digestive enzyme and prebiotic supplementation. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can also cause lower abdominal bloating as well as ovarian cancer. Some intestinal tract cancers, liver and pancreatic problems can also produce abdominal bloating.

As such, all cases of abdominal bloating require a proper medical examination to rule out the possibility of important underlying causes that go beyond simple digestive enzyme insufficiency.

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