Hi, I have this other very odd thing - my abdomen area has become more and more bloated over the last year. It is NOT fat and it is NOT gas as far as I can tell. It just is for some reason bulged starting right under the chest all the way down to the groin.
If you really want to see what I am talking about, I have attached two photos -one of me holding the belly in. The other me relaxing it all the way.
I am a very active guy and have started jogging more again since I noticed this. Could it be that my core just got weak? Or is this some swelling?
Also, I definitely notice looking down that the left side is even more bulged, esp up top near the stomach.
I dont know what your diet is like but abdomonal swelling can come from a poor diet compounded with an imbalance of gut microbes. We saw this all the time when I was a colonic therapists. The poor diet and unbalanced microbes cause intestinal swelling, or a better word is inflammation.
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When people who are otherwise fit and slender find themselves with a swollen stomach, and it's not gas and not fat, it could be a plugged up lymphatic system. Just passing this along. Maybe it applies to you and maybe it doesn't.
Toxins, antigens, and undigested proteins from animal sources, including fish, meat, eggs, and dairy foods, as well as leaked plasma proteins, cause these lymph sacks to swell and become inflamed. When the cells of an animal become damaged or die, which happens seconds after it is killed, its protein structures are broken down by cellular enzymes. These so-called ‘degenerate’ proteins are useless for the body, and they become harmful unless they are promptly removed by the lymphatic system. Their presence usually invites enhanced microbial activity. Viruses, fungi, and bacteria feed on the pooled wastes. In some cases, allergic reactions occur. When the cysterna chyli(lymph sacks) are overtaxed and congested, the lymphatic system is no longer able to sufficiently remove even the body’s own degenerate proteins (from worn-out cells). This results in lymph edema. While lying on the back, existing lymph edema can be felt as hard knots, sometimes as large as a fist, in the area of the belly button. These ‘rocks’ are a major cause of middle and low back pain and abdominal swelling, and, in fact, of most symptoms of ill health. Many people who have grown a ‘tummy’ consider this abdominal extension to be just a harmless nuisance or a natural part of aging. They don’t realize that they are breeding a living ‘time bomb’ that may go off some day and injure vital parts of the body. Anyone with a bloated abdomen suffers from major lymph congestion.
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My diet is fairly healthy and actually geared towards fighting dysbiosis (low carb/sugar, high in vegetables and protein and certain quality grains.)
I agree that this some kind of inflammation. The weird thing is that it started after months of living on an organic farm - perhaps the water there had something?
Perhaps it's related to the inguinal hernia surgery I had two years ago, like as if the abdomen's trauma slowly showed up in this way?
Lymph certainly does back up in a toxic or microbe situation. Swellings always have the lymph system involved to some extent. You might try castor oil packs. The payer's patches, a lymph complex located around the small intestine it the central location for the lymphatic system. You might try castor oil packs over that area nightly for a couple of weeks. Castor oil gets the lymph to move and can kill bad microbes also. You can learn about it here: https://www.healthsalon.org/41/castor-oil-packs/
I would also be looking at a lymphatic drainage remedy such as Lymphomoyosot although there are herbals that are good too and one of the best herbs for lymph is cleavers. I have used Lymphomyosot many times over the years and its very popular with many naturopathic docs. I do a yearly cleanse with lymphomyosot and Galiumheel for their detox and balancing properties. I get them here: www.iherb.com
It looks like your abdominal muscles are weak. Situps wont work.
During the day as many times as you think of it suck your belly in hard like you are trying to touch your belly button to your backbone, hold this for as long as you can. Do this often.
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