Bloating refers to the uncomfortable sensation of abdominal fullness and distension (when your abdomen stretches beyond its normal size). Bloating is often accompanied by symptoms such as gas, belching or burping, and abdominal pain

Gas, belching, bloating, and flatulence are common complaints.2

The exact causes of bloating can vary and may be influenced by various factors. These factors include:

  • Poor digestion: When the digestive system is unable to break down and absorb food properly, it can lead to bloating. This can be caused by factors such as a lack of digestive enzymes, food intolerances, or conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. 
  • Excessive gas production: Bloating can occur when there is an increase in the production of gas in the digestive system. This can be caused by swallowing air while eating or drinking, consuming gas-producing foods (such as beans or carbonated beverages), or a buildup of bacteria in the small intestine (known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)1
  • Bacterial imbalance: When there is an overgrowth of certain bacteria in the gut, it can disrupt the balance of the digestive system and lead to bloating. This can happen due to factors such as a weakened immune system, antibiotic use, or a high-sugar diet. 
  • Bloating can also be caused by certain medical conditions such as constipation, hormonal changes (such as during menstruation), gastrointestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease, and even certain medications.1-3 

Furthermore, factors such as ingestion of specific foods, including fats, and the presence of conditions like bacterial overgrowth and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth have been identified as potential contributors to bloating.4

Research shows that  it has been observed that fatty foods can trigger or worsen bloating and & cause your abdomen to expand beyond its normal size.5

Digestive health plays a vital role in our overall well-being. Probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes are essential nutrients that can help improve digestion and alleviate issues such as gas and bloating. Probiotics are live bacteria that provide numerous health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. They help restore a healthy balance of gut bacteria, which can enhance digestion and reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal problems.8-9

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are non-digestible fibres that serve as food for beneficial bacteria in the gut. Consuming prebiotics promotes the growth and activity of these good bacteria, leading to improved digestion and a healthier gut. Additionally, digestive enzymes can aid in the breakdown of food and assist in the absorption of nutrients. These enzymes help break down complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into smaller molecules that are easier for the body to digest and absorb. Furthermore, certain natural remedies can also offer relief from gas and bloating.6,10

By stimulating the growth and activity of these bacteria, prebiotics promote a healthy gut microbiome and improve digestive function. Digestive enzymes are another important component of digestive health. They help break down food into smaller, more easily digestible molecules, allowing for better absorption of nutrients and reducing the likelihood of gas and bloating. Incorporating these digestive nutrients into our diets or through supplementation can have significant benefits for overall digestive health.7-8,10

Many herbal remedies have also been found to be effective in treating bloating. These remedies include bark powder, ginger root, garlic, fennel, and pectin.12-14

The awesome news is that Nativa Complex® Digestive Support  is a 12-nutrient digestive supplement blend to promote a healthy gut, regular bowel movement as well assist with countering constipation.

Nativa Complex® Digestive Support contains 4 types of probiotics in high levels, prebiotics, digestive enzymes papain and bromelain as well as herbals such as ginger root and fennel amongst others to promote a healthy gut.

Nativa Complex® Digestive Support can be taken from 12 years of age. Take 1-2 capsules per day (not more) and feel the difference in your digestive comfort


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  2. Whorwell, P J., & Lea, R. (2004, August 1). Dietary treatment of the irritable bowel syndrome. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11938-004-0017-1
  3. Paramsothy, J., Gutlapalli, S D., Ganipineni, V D P., Okorie, I J., Ugwendum, D., Piccione, G., Ducey, J., Kouyate, G., Onana, A E., Emmer, L., Arulthasan, V., Otterbeck, P., & Nfonoyim, J. (2023, April 17). Understanding Auto-Brewery Syndrome in 2023: A Clinical and Comprehensive Review of a Rare Medical Condition. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.37678
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  7. Kustyawati, M E., NURLITA, M E., FADHALLAH, E G., & Rizal, S. (2023, January 10). Prebiotic activity of Lactobacillus casei grown on medium containing of Hylocereus undatus extract and its use in the fermentation of goat’s milk kefir. https://doi.org/10.13057/biodiv/d231249
  8. Sugahara, H., Odamaki, T., Fukuda, S., Kato, T., Xiao, J., Abe, F., Kikuchi, J., & Ohno, H. (2015, August 28). Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum alters gut luminal metabolism through modification of the gut microbial community. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep13548
  9. Vitetta, L., Hall, S., & Linnane, A W. (2014, October 15). Live probiotic cultures and the gastrointestinal tract: symbiotic preservation of tolerance whilst attenuating pathogenicity. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2014.00143
  10. Yanni, A E., & Kourkoutas, Y. (2022, January 6). Editorial: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Improving and Maintaining Digestive Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2021.815370
  11. Ryan, J., Monteagudo-Mera, A., Contractor, N., & Gibson, G R. (2021, March 14). Impact of 2′-Fucosyllactose on Gut Microbiota Composition in Adults with Chronic Gastrointestinal Conditions: Batch Culture Fermentation Model and Pilot Clinical Trial Findings. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030938
  12. Ameer, O Z., Salman, I M., Quek, K J., & Asmawi, M Z. (2015, March 1). Loranthus ferrugineus: a Mistletoe from Traditional Uses to Laboratory Bench. https://doi.org/10.3831/kpi.2015.18.001
  13. Bodagh, M N., Maleki, I., & Hekmatdoost, A. (2018, November 5). Ginger in gastrointestinal disorders: A systematic review of clinical trials. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsn3.807
  14. Schmulson, M., & Chang, L. (2011, March 29). Review article: the treatment of functional abdominal bloating and distension. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2011.04637.x

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