Bloating: Getting Rid Of Your Food Baby With Functional Medicine

Episode 433 41m


This episode is sponsored by ButcherBox and Tushy. Bloating is a very common and uncomfortable condition where your belly increases in size, often occurring after eating and increasing as the day goes on. Twenty to thirty percent of the population regularly experiences bloating. If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, that percentage jumps to 96%. Bloating is a sign of an imbalance in the gut, often caused by dysbiosis, food intolerances, bacterial overgrowth, and stress. While conventional medicine usually treats the symptoms of bloating, Functional Medicine treats the entire ecosystem of the body, including repairing and rebuilding the gut. In this episode, Dr. Hyman discusses bloating and “food babies” with Dr. Elizabeth Boham. They talk about lactose intolerance as a common cause of bloating and how this uncomfortable condition can be successfully treated. They also share a case study of a 35-year-old man and the protocol that helped him. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well. This episode is sponsored by ButcherBox and Tushy. Right now, you can get a free turkey when you sign-up for ButcherBox. Just go to Explore the entire suite of Tushy products, including the bidet attachments, new Tushy Ace, bamboo toilet paper, and more by visiting In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:
  • The prevalence and characteristics of bloating in the general population and IBS patients
  • How SIBO can be a cause of bloating
  • Conventional medicine vs Functional Medicine treatment of bloating
  • Why antibiotics can be harmful and helpful in gut health
  • Addressing imbalances in the gut
  • How foods and food intolerances may lead to bloating
  • Negative effects of PPIs on the gut
  • Dietary approach to treating bloating
  • Case study of a 35-year-old male
  • How different probiotics can affect the gut

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Dr. Mark Hyman: If you suffer from bloating, if you have this food baby, if you're really miserable and uncomfortable, there is a way to get through it and fix it. Dr. Elizabeth Boham: If somebody does have an overgrowth of bacteria in the wrong place, sometimes probiotics make that worse. Dr. Mark Hyman: So I'm the average Joe or Jane, and I go to my internal medicine doctor or my GI doctor, and I go, "Hey, doc, I got bloating. And every time I eat, my stomach feels like it's going to explode. I just feel really uncomfortable. What do I do?" And up until fairly recently, it was like, "Well, you have irritable bowel. It's probably psychological. Take some Metamucil and hopefully that'll work. And..

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Ep. 433 - Bloating: Getting Rid Of Your Food Baby With Functional Medicine