lobsteriffic wrote:Thanks for the info.
I do keep a food journal. And it's not related to gluten, soy, or monthly cycles. I've tried probiotics and didn't notice a difference. And my meals are mostly vegetables already. I know it sounds like I'm shooting down your advice, but I'm not. I try to follow and Eat to Live like diet (only I eat more than 3 times a day) and that's very veggie/fruit-heavy. I don't get pain from it, I just look like I'm pregnant. The bloating is only in my tummy.
I feel like the only time I'm "regular" is when I eat junk food...processed food and refined flour/sugar. Which is odd...because there's less fibre. I just really don't get that.
I would highly suggest trying the digestive enzymes, some of them have hydrochloric acid in them as well. The ones I have do. Or you could get it separately and see if the plain digestive enzymes alone do the trick or if you need the added HCl.
I agree that it is best to see a holistic-minded doctor whether MD or ND. Naturopaths can do blood tests and such also. Different ones have different approaches and different specialties. Asking around or calling and asking questions helps to find the right one for you.
[quote}Are digestive enzymes different than probiotics? I have no idea. I'd be willing to give those a shot.[/quote]
Probioitics are meant to help re-balance gut flora.
Another issue that can cause severe bloating is candidiasis. Though if you are eating a lot of greens and not much fruit or fat, then it is less likely to be an issue.