Bloating could be caused by several
factors and you may want to check with your doctor to find out what the cause really is. If it is not caused by a chronic heart or liver condition, it is probably due to the following factors;
*Eating too fast
*Using straw to suck drinks which sucks in gas with it
*Overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel
*fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites) as a result of cancer, liver disease, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and other disorders
The Food Causes of Bloating Explained
Apart from the habits and medical conditions listed above, foods can also cause bloating –which ultimately can still be released to medical conditions.
For example, consumption of carbonated drinks and food that is high in lactose by people who are lactose intolerant (e.g. Milk) can cause a
bloated stomach to develop. Also, consumption of wheat gluten by people who cannot tolerate it causes it too. Foods that are rich in gluten include;
*Foods made from Barley e.g. malt, malt drinks, malt flavoring and malt vinegar
*Avoid foods made from wheat flour e.g. bread, cake, pasta, etc., unless they are made from corn, rice, soy or labelled Gluten-free.
What are the Symptoms?
The most prominent symptom is the feeling of fullness especially just after eating. It usually also come with distention where the stomach is visibly larger than normal. Other symptoms that
may accompany it include;
*blood in the stools or dark, tarry looking stools
*unexplained weight loss
Tips For Getting Rid Of A Bloated Stomach
If your bloating comes with any of the symptoms listed in bullets above, then you just have to see a medical doctor. Otherwise, adjusting your diet and eating habits can make your bloating go away over time. What you should do include;
*Chewing gum can cause you to swallow extra
air. Avoid it.
*Reduce your intake of carbonated drinks.
*Avoid “gassy” foods, such vegetables in the cabbage family, dried beans, and lentils.
*Avoid sucking drinks with a straw.
*Lose weight if you are overweight. You should
*Use lactose-free dairy products, e.g. Yoghurt.
Now that you know what to do. It is time to get rid of that bloating.