Why do I get abdominal bloating?
Bloating and gas are common and bothersome. If these symptoms occur frequently it’s important to look into the possibility of underlying disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), low stomach acidity, lack of digestive enzymes, bacterial imbalances and parasites – all of which can be responsible for causing these uncomfortable and embarrassing signs that something is out of balance.
What are the symptoms and causes of abdominal bloating?
Bloating is one of the key symptoms of food sensitivities and intolerances. When your bowel doesn’t empty properly, too much gas is produced as a reaction to the undigested food. The main offenders are wheat or gluten and dairy products. Other common problem-causing foods include yeast, eggs, shellfish, soya and chocolate. If you have coeliac disease your intestine can't absorb gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Aside from bloating, this can also trigger diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fatigue.
What are the standard treatments for wind and bloating?
When bloating is acknowledged as a problem by the medical profession it is usually viewed as “idiopathic” – caused by unknown factors. Diuretics or indigestion remedies may be prescribed for a while, but these will only deal with the symptoms, and not address the underlying causes. In the meantime, a fortune is spent on these medications, both prescribed and over-the- counter.
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How does healthy nutrition help treat abdominal bloating naturally?
Abdominal bloating and discomfort don’t have to be an inevitable consequence of eating. Common lifestyle and dietary factors which influence bloating include the overuse of antibiotics, high levels of sugar, alcohol or refined carbohydrates, high levels of stress and the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The usual remedies for bloating and gas offer at best, only temporary relief and at worst, actually make the problem worse. Successfully resolving your digestive issues once and for all requires a permanent commitment to a more generally healthier lifestyle.
The problem can be resolved by focusing on avoiding offending foods, identifying non-obvious triggers, regular exercise, managing stress levels and the appropriate natural supplements and home remedies.