Why Am I Always Bloated? | Tips to Wake Up With a Flat Tummy

When you’ve spent the majority of your life struggling to achieve the infamous flat belly, it’s like the golden goose — just slightly out of your reach. You achieve it and feel so proud, so rewarded, only to crash, crumbling down. It works great for a week and then ‘poof’, it’s gone, and you’re back to square one. All because you cheated just a little bit on your diet.

Food allergies cause abdominal bloating

It’s so hard to be “perfect” all the time. You try, and you do your best, and I want to honour that here!!! You are working hard, good for you.

But maybe, just maybe — it’s not enough to only avoid certain foods. After all, you know you can’t avoid indulging on more than one occasion. Let’s face it — you’re human and you’re not perfect, and that is absolutely OK!

So how can we indulge and not go back to square one? Instead of feeling like a beluga whale, we want to feel bodacious and like our best selves!

Here you will learn why the bloat happens, the main factors causing problems and the easy nightly routine that you can do to help alleviate the problem.

Why Do I Get Bloated?

There are many causes of bloated bellies. When you feel and look 7 months pregnant and well, you’re not… it’s a really important sign that things in your body aren’t working as they should. There is something terribly wrong with the environment in your body.

Here are the most common reasons why you’re dealing with bloating.

  • Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances (most commonly, dairy and wheat) 
  • High sugar diet
  • Excessive processed foods 
  • Lack of exercise and natural movement  
  • Constipation (lack of daily bowel movement)
  • Low digestive factors
  • Unhealthy gut microbiome 
  • Insomnia, or problems sleeping
Gluten and dairy are common causes of abdominal bloating

Let’s look at this interactive day-in-the-life example so you can see what I mean.

Living with Daily Bloating

Here’s what happens. You wake up in the morning with a relatively flat stomach. For breakfast, you eat a bagel and cream cheese. Seems innocent enough, right? As it goes down your digestive tract, because you are sensitive to it (gluten and dairy as it has been shown that the majority of people are), it causes inflammation and irritation. You may or may not feel symptoms directly associated to the food, but things are brewing down under!

What’s brewing is the unhealthy bacteria and yeast that look for any opportunity to advance their position and the best one to them is an irritated, inflamed gut and digestive tract (no matter how it got that way). They easily propagate and build their colonies and biofilm, which is a protective barrier that keeps them colonizing your gut.

Then, to make it all go down smoothly, you follow your delicious bagel with a cup of coffee, that you added 3 tsp of sugar and milk to (which is also sugar), or you opted for a healthier version: a glass of orange juice (BTW that is equivalent to 8 tsp of sugar).

Here you add flame to the already burning iridescent fire. Sugar FEEDS yeast overgrowth; this well known in natural circles as Candida. Your microbiome, as it’s called, is up to no good, and causing you bloating because of it. Coffee also promotes the stress response, so when paired with sugar, it creates one unhappy couple.

A solution? Switch to green tea! Green tea heals the gut lining, improves the microbiome and stimulates you like a coffee, but relaxes you at the same time, negating the cortisol spike that may occur2. We have 100% organic loose leaf Estate Green Tea now available on the Queen of the Thrones® CANADIAN online shop.

Queen of The Thrones Green Tea heals the gut and reduce abdominal bloating

Bacteria and yeast aren’t all in all bad, but those that are bad create nauseating gases and ferment in your body. These nauseating gases not only make you smell bad but they also slow down how quickly you go to the bathroom. This means you’re more likely to be constipated when this happens.

Plus you feel foggy-brained and fatigued. It’s almost like you are creating your own alcohol in your digestive tract. I am 100% serious here!

There is of course a serious complication with all the other factors causing bloating. Add complication to an already complicated matter with the next aspect.

Is Bacteria Causing me to Bloat?

The microbiome is often blamed for gas and bloating, specifically in the condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), where one of the main symptoms is bloating due to gas created by overgrowth.

Well, yes and no, and as you can see from the example above. It’s many factors.

The reality is, it’s a big smorgasbord of interplay between related factors that create the ENVIRONMENT in your body for there to be bloating.

Change Your Environment, Change Your Life

How do you then fix the environment or the foundation of your body, without having to take a bazillion supplements and see a bunch of practitioners to get things in control?

A great first step is to have your food sensitivities tested. Food sensitivity testing allows you to see the whole picture and YOUR personal reaction to foods.  In naturopathic college, I was personally unwell and struggled with food for a long time.

A food sensitivity blood test determines your IgG reactivity levels for different kinds of foods

Well, it turns out that the foods that everyone recommended were actually the ones that I had a sensitivity to and should have avoided! To read more about how food testing was my saving grace, head over to my blog on “How Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerance are messing with your IBS”

If you’re interested about more information on food sensitivity testing, you can find important resources in this lab testing website in the US.

Calm your Abdominal Bloating with Castor Oil Packs!

The keys to this legendary treatment that has been around since the beginning of human civilization is that it works because it supports the fundamentals of health.

It has been shown to improve bloat because it improves these 5 key things:

  1. Function of digestion, absorption and elimination
  2. Antioxidant status 
  3. Inflammation regulation 
  4. Tension and stress reduction 
  5. Host microbiome balance

What this means for you is better digestion, a good night’s sleep, better tolerance of stress, improved bowel movements, and increased absorption of good fats that help you heal and help you with cleansing and hormonal balance.

You will still need to be conscious of your diet, but regular practice of the castor oil packs allow for indulgence that won’t do you in. This is the awesome part about resetting the foundation and not just focusing on the symptoms!

Queen of The Thrones Castor Oil Pack improves your digestion, absorption and elimination.

A Castor Oil Pack is typically placed on the liver underneath the right rib cage and worn for a minimum of one hour, or ideally overnight. Why? Because you don’t tend to your garden only once in a while, you make sure it is watered, has good nutrients and that you keep the soil healthy and hospitable.

What also keeps the garden happy? The natural day and night cycle.

Optimize your Sleep Cycle with the Beauty Sleep Eye Kit

The best way to optimize your sleep cycle is naturally, with The Beauty Sleep Kit™. It’s a castor oil pack for the eyes.

These packs help to block out light, but also help with improving your melatonin. The best benefit is that they also help with growing your lashes and eyebrows as well as reducing the fine lines around your eyes.

It’s a win-win! As part of your bedtime routine, before putting your eye mask on, apply the castor oil with the cosmetic brush on your eyebrows and eyelashes.

So there you have it, a better understanding of a few things that cause the dreaded bloat, but most importantly, what you can do about it now, so you don’t always have to be living on pins and needles when you indulge. You get deeper foundational healing and support of your fundamental function and the ability be disciplined with a bit of indulgence.


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What Does it Mean When Your Poop Floats?

Doctor Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones® mission is to help people unlock their body's secret code & heal their gut.

Why should you always look in the toilet bowl?

I have a habit.  It’s a scary habit to some, but for me, I know it’s the single best thing that I can do for my health.  I look down into the black hole on a regular basis.  This black hole, in a clockwise fashion, sucks away all of my worries.  (By worries, I mean the stench that is stinking up the room sometimes, not always).

The toilet bowl, or as I like to call it, the throne, is an integral part of every single person’s life.  It is something we all have in common.  Yep, everybody poops!

I’m here to set the record straight on the question of whether stools should float or sink, and the answer is: SINK!

Floating Jewels

So do you ever question what is happening inside of you when you see floating in the bowl?  No, I’m not talking about your morning cereal.  I’m talking about the toilet bowl and the submarine that was supposed to sink but instead is floating like a steamboat?!  Choo, choo!

If the natural, healthy thing is to sink, but yours doesn’t… What gives?  Read on to find out why this might be and the easy formula to help fix it!

Is my Problem Fat Malabsorption?

When your poop floats, it’s typically a sign that you’re having issues with fat.  I don’t mean the fat on your body, rather the fat present in food that your body’s trying to digest.

Fat is so very important for your system for many different reasons.  First of all, fat isn’t bad for you!  In the 1980s fat was villainized as badly as the Joker from Batman, and very wrongly so.  Yes, unhealthy, bad fats should be avoided, but good fats are crucial for your body to function well.

Doctor Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones® explains the relation between nutrition and digestion.

Here’s what healthy fats do for your body:

  • Fats feed all of the body’s cells and is needed for them to work properly
  • Fats help our skin look fresh and beautiful 
  • Fats feed your brain and make you happy! 
  • Fats trigger areas of our brain that help us to feel satisfied and “full” after a meal
  • Fats also help support our hormones, because our hormones are manufactured from fat

One of the most important jobs healthy fat has is:

It helps with transporting toxins out of the body. 

Why?  Because many toxins are fat-soluble.  Toxins such as heavy metals or xenoestrogens found in plastic disrupt hormones and the immune system and so much more.

Floating Poop… What Does it Mean?

So when your poops are floaters rather than sinkers, it’s usually a sign that you are: 

  1. Eating too much fat and not enough fiber to absorb it
  2. Having problems digesting and absorbing fats

Think of it like this.  In oceans, or in your sink with all of your dirty dishes, when there is an oil slick you see the oil floating on top of the water.  The poor wildlife (mostly birds) get covered in oil because they are floating on top of the water!

Should your poo sink or float?

So you know if your poop is floating, you have problems with fat, and it is even more severe if there is also an oil slick present in the toilet bowl. Also, the color of your poo is a sign of what is going on with the #1 thing that your body produces.

Gallbladder Problems?

If you don’t have a gallbladder you lack bile, so floating poop will be normal for you. It is extremely difficult to properly absorb fat if you are missing yours (this is why I often caution against getting your gallbladder removed because fat is SO important to our bodies).

Turn your Floaters into Sinkers

Here are a few best practices to help you absorb your fats better and get those floaters turned into sinkers:

  1. Switch to good fats and avoid the unhealthy fats – go for coconut, olive and avocado oil more often 
  2. Before you eat, make sure to have your Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet on and do your Daily Dining practice.  Name 3 things you are grateful for to get your gut ready to digest.
  3. Wear your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack daily to optimize your digestion, absorption, and elimination (as well as improve how your gall bladder dumps bile)

So from now on, I want you to think fat is PHAT! (how my teenager says super cool!)

You want to absorb it because it keeps you beautiful, happy, and healthy.

Do it!

Also – Sinking vs. floating is just 1 of the valuable 11 Golden Nuggets to help you analyze your stools for potential nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances and digestive issues. To learn all about them and become your own digestive detective, download Doctor Marisol ND. e-book ‘Know Your Poo!‘ to help you analyze what your poo can tell you in terms of nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances, digestive issues and more…

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Doctor Marisol ND, Queen of The Thrones® speaks about Hispanic heritage

Ay chihuahua, arriba!!! It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month.  This is the month we celebrate the glory of our culture and the colourful life of living with Latin flair.

I am enormously proud of my heritage, also enormously proud of my here and now, coming from a mother who is Uruguayan and a father who’s Spanish, I grew up in a home that was full-on spicy, colorful and incredibly loud and passionate.

You see, Hispanics are passionate and loving by nature.  Every Hispanic I meet, I greet them as my hermana (sister) or hermano (brother), because hey, they are family!  We all come from the same roots.  Our conversations often sound like we are fighting but we are not, we are just so all-in, so involved, so emotional that our voices come out unable to be quieted.  We are full-on in everything that we do.  We are strong and proud souls.Dr. Marisol ND, Queen of the Thrones® celebrates the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Beyond the incredibleness of our culture, Latinos have had their fair share of struggles and challenges.  One that hits me very close to home is that within the Hispanic community, 21% have issues with digestion, IBS, constipation, or some kind of problem going to the bathroom.  This is by far the highest percentage as compared to caucasians at 14%, Asians 7% and the world average at 14%.

When I found out this statistic I was shocked but I can’t say I was surprised.  Our home was one constant conversation about going to the bathroom.  My mother would call me in to inspect her creation (it’s probably where my love for the examination of poo was instigated).  My mother was chronically constipated and always looking for things to make her “correr”, the Spanish word for run; meaning run to the bathroom.  My father on the other hand, was always looking to slow things down, he suffered from irritable bowel type diarrhea. 

Doctor Marisol ND, Queen of The Thrones® and Medical MysticWhy does the Latino/Hispanic community tend to struggle with IBS, constipation and digestive problems more than their counterparts?  It could be the foods we are eating, the classic heavy starch diet with rice, beans, and corn (for those from Mexico and Central America), or the heavy meat diets of Argentina and Uruguay, but maybe that isn’t the reason at all.

What if it’s more about the fact that we are so passionate, so expressive, that we wear our emotions on our sleeves?  If digestion is how we are digesting our lives and emotions, is it not possible that because we are so emotive, and our digestive system is the emotionally sensitive system, (think gut feelings) that this is the true reason we have these problems?

Our emotions and how we feel about ourselves and our lives are expressed in how we go (or don’t go) to the bathroom.

Even though we deal with these problems, I’m so proud of the impact that Hispanics are having in this world, yours truly included.  And I want to highlight four fiery, fierce and fabulous women who have inspired my life and I know probably inspire yours, too.

#1: Jennifer Lopez

The movie star, singer, dancer and mogul.  Titan of the entertainment world, JLo came from a humble beginning in the Bronx.  Remember Jenny from the Block?  She struggled to get her first big break because her body was, well, a little ‘too booty’.  Ironic, because now this is her well-known trademark and likely what helped to propel all of her multiple talents to the heights of all of her achievements. 

How did this happen?  When others are told they have a big butt, they get down on themselves and get it cut off.  Not Jenny from the Block, she owned it, loved it, accepted it and even though they said it was a problem, she worked through it. 

Today she is the epitome of success, the siren of seduction and probably one of the women in Hollywood that I admire the most.  She knows who she is and what she wants out of her life, she is owning her throne!

#2 Yovana Mendoza

She may not be a household name quite yet, but this Mexican American instagram influencer is making waves in the self acceptance, self love and body confidence movement.  She has created her own stardom, by sharing her journey and empowering others to live a happy, healthy lifestyle.  All of the content she shares is in English and Spanish, to as to include both communities and languages.  Pretty amazing!

Recently her branding changed from Rawvana to Yovana.  She was a promoter of the vegan lifestyle, but was seen eating meat at a local establishment and was harassed over the internet.  The reality is she needed to change her diet for her health.  Some things work great for you and in certain seasons of life, and sometimes they don’t as your body changes and evolves.  She is reinventing herself and I am just blown away by her strength, authenticity and wisdom. 

I love that she preaches to be conscious of the signs thats your body is showing you (just like analyzing your stools like I love to talk about).  Way to represent your 1.2 million followers.  Own your throne baby!  Latina power!

#3 Jolene Brighten 

Brilliance is all I can say for this Latina.  She is the master of post-birth control syndrome, a condition that affects the majority of women who come off of the pill to some degree.  She knows hormones like nobody’s business.  Better than that, is her dedication and determination to how women’s health is cared for.   

Her book ‘Beyond the Pill’ is a great read and with very valuable information that I feel that every woman should know, especially those of us with young daughters who may consider taking birth control at some point in their life.

#4 Mariza Snyder

There is no one brighter.  Six time published author, speaker, and essential oil and hormone balance Queen.  Mariza’s smile lights up a room.  She makes it a regular habit to train 40,000-50,000 people in huge stadiums on how to balance their hormones with essential oils. 

She is the master of using essential oils as a vehicle to change the world. Her newest book, The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, is another great for women everywhere.  Her spicy and loving vibe is one that you’ll be attracted to for sure.

Doctor Marisol ND, Queen of The Thrones® expert of Castor Oil Packs

Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Salma Hayek, Cameron Dias. All Latinos that I look up to and there are so many more!

So we do this, “si se puede”, like the farm workers of America, it’s been ingrained in our DNA.  The will to be better, to fight through.  For me, this is where my passion for Castor Oil Packs ignited.  I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my roots.  I worry not for Hispanics that have these digestive problems because I know they will own the struggle, and figure out a way to be grateful with the grind and get better.

So, let’s celebrate the incredible Hispanic heritage, that brings us chihuahuas, tacos, burritos, and Jane the Virgin!

Let’s own and celebrate it, and don’t forget to practice health!

Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.