Bloating: Possible Causes and Cures

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Always feeling bloated? If so, what can you do about it? Bloating can be very simple to treat, or it can be an indication of more serious problems. Here are a few different causes of bloating and what to do about it.

Food Allergies

Many people have a glucose or milk allergy without knowing it. Their allergies do not cause them to break out in hives or experiences difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, the mild symptoms, such as bloating, make it difficult to identify allergies as the cause.

The best way to know for sure is to get an allergy test from a doctor. Alternatively, try cutting glucose or milk from your diet for three weeks to see if symptoms disappear.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal disorder, and it is three times more likely to occur among women than men. IBS can result in bloating, diarrhea, stomach pains, and excess gas. It is best diagnosed by a medical professional. Don’t assume that it will go away on its own. In some people it can be cured, while in others the symptoms can be reduced by taking dietary precautions.

Fatty Foods, Liquids after Food, and Large Meals

Bloating can also result from poor dietary habits. There are three main culprits. First, fatty foods can line the stomach, thus producing excess acid. This in turn creates the sensation of bloating and heartburn.

Second, eating overly large meals can trigger bloating. There is simply too much food in the stomach.

Lastly, drinking a lot of liquid within thirty to sixty minutes of eating can also cause bloating. The liquid is blocked from moving through your system by the recently ingested food. Additionally, the liquids dilute the stomach base and acid, causing digestion to take longer.

The solution? Eat smaller meals with low-fat foods. Eat more often if necessary, but keep meals small. Drink before meals rather than after.

Candida

Candida is a bacterium that grows naturally in the digestive system. Normally Candida doesn’t cause any problems. Every once in a while, however, Candida can overgrow due to chemical imbalances of the body. Among other things, this produces a sense of bloating.

There are a number of cures for Candida, including both medical and home remedies. Home cures generally revolve around cutting any and all sugar intake for a few weeks.

As you can see, there are a number of different causes for bloating. If it only lasts for a week or two, then home remedies are a sensible option. However, if bloating continues for more than two or three weeks, seek a diagnosis from a medical professional.

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