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Why are we bloated in the morning? And what to do about it!

Inside your gut are 100 trillion living bacteria, known as the gut microbiome. These living bacteria control how you break down the food that you eat. Over time, modern life destroys many of these fragile bacteria strains, as you encounter stress, sugar, antibiotics and environmental toxins.

When this happens, digestive function decreases, and your digestive acids are weakened. Instead processing smoothly through your body, food sits in your body and ferments, producing uncomfortable sensations like reflux, gas and morning bloating.

When this happens, we often take “antacids” which further deplete our digestive enzymes. Actually, what we need is the exact opposite; we need our digestive process to be more powerful, not less, so that the food will be properly broken down and passed through the system.

The feeling of bloat in the morning is due to the fact that food remains inside your system, that should have been processed and expelled. Ideally, you should be having at least one bowel movement per day. For optimum gut health, this happens in the morning, clearing your system of the previous day’s waste and giving you a fresh start.

Instead, what often happens is that we rush out of the house, and don’t have the first bowel movement until after the first cup of coffee – or sometimes, not at all. Then the food waste sits inside the body, stored in the bowel, fermenting and releasing toxins.

Tips to beat the bloat?

• Drink unflavoured goats milk kefir every morning before food. A powerful probiotic like kefir helps to put the good bugs back in your system, restoring your digestive power.

• Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier, allowing your body to gently wake up and get going. This gives you time to expel the previous day’s waste from your system, setting your up for the day.

• Drink a cup of warm water and lemon first thing, to get your digestive system going.

• Take digestive enzymes and HCL with pepsin before meals for 3 weeks, while you take your first course of kefir + prebiotic. This will boost your digestive process until the kefir and the prebiotics can kick in and begin to heal your system.

• Take 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk mixed into warm water, before bedtime. This will ease the process of waste through your system, helping to get things going in the morning.

16 thoughts on “Why are we bloated in the morning? And what to do about it!

  1. Shann
    All makes sense
    I have been treated for bladder cancer for the past 4 and a half years, with numerous camera probes, 4 ops and 4 water infections
    The last infection had me in hospital for 4 days very ill with a raging fever and massive doses of IV antibiotics and now strong tablets
    The bladder seems to be responding but yet again by stomach and intestines are shot
    I use kefir milk . Are the other things you mention going to help repopulate my battered body
    Where can I get the enzymes + you advocate
    Advice for this and any diet additions most welcome

  2. How long does the Keffir last from delivery unopened and how long does it last after opening the bottle?
    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Our kefir has a best before of 90 days from the day it’s bottled, whether opened or unopened. Our kefir doesn’t go off, just continues to fermenet, getting stronger in taste and thicker in consistency as it goes. It would still be fine to consume past the best before on the bottle 🙂

    1. Hi Tara,

      Is this kefir you’re referring to? With regards to our kefir, we recommend 170ml daily, first thing in the morning. If you experience detox symptoms, we recommend lowering the dose (to as little as a tablespoon if you feel comfortable in doing so) before gradually increasing again as symptoms subside.

      Feel free to give us a call on 01239 654072 if you’d like to chat more 🙂


  3. Sounds good advice. I have slight imflamation of lining of stomach and had to take antacids. I don’t like taking them all the time. I have tried kefir but just on its own. I’ll have to try it with the other things you suggest. Thanks

    1. These tips will help regardless of whether you feel bloated in the morning or evening, Donna.

      Feel free to give us a call on 01239 654072 if you’d like to chat more.


  4. Hello, A friend of mine has cystic fibrosis and as a result has to have periods of having intravenous drips of antibiotics for a number of days. I have given her a good quality probiotic to take (gut Doctor). Would supplementing this with kefir also help. She did have yeast infections after this last session. She is 23. Any advice regarding this would be most helpful. Kind regards Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Kefir is more effective than dried or pill forms of probiotic as it’s live and active – it will help boost her immune system, increase energy levels and re-populate the microbiome with beneficial bacteria.

      If your friend has a sensitive system, it’d be best she starts on a low daily dose of a tablespoon, gradually increasing to the full recommended dosage of 170ml.

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via or 01239 654072 if you’d like to chat more – we’ll be happy to help!


  5. Hi, what’s enzymes and HCL? .. I’ve been on antibiotics on and off for urine infections.. I drink warm ginger water in the morning, hoping this will keep them away.. what else should I be doing to get rid completely of this awful problem.. my Dr has recommended estrogen pessaries.
    Love reading your mail,
    Thank-you lots Lynda.

    1. Hi Lynda- More info on digestive enzymes here: Info on HCL with pepsin here: For ongoing UTIs I would try Uva Ursi, more info here: You can make a tea from the leaves, drink 3x daily every day for 5 days. No more than 5 times in one year. Drink kefir to boost your immunity and you can also apply your kefir internally with a 20 ml syrings to help prevent infection. Good luck and keep us posted!

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