Stomach Bloating – Beat The Bloat

For many women an aching swollen stomach is a fact of life. Over one third of women will experience bloating periodically. One in five will experience bloating so severely that it impacts on their work and their livelihood.

Whether it results in a visibly swollen stomach, or just causes pain or discomfort, bloating is caused by the gases produced when we eat or drink. Gas is produced in the colon and ideally moves through the body before being emitted or absorbed. However, for some, the gas doesn’t have a smooth progression through the body, which is where issues arise.

Bloating is a real problem, and for most women bloating will occur in the small intestine rather than the colon. This often results in the “six-months-pregnant look” with distention above the waist and high in the stomach.

It there’s no medical reason behind the bloating, relief is available. Whether its through dietary changes, the use of over-the-counter medications, or by consuming probiotics to help with digestion, bloating can be managed.

Dietitians say that bloating is one of the most common symptoms that bring patients to them. For some people it could be as simple as eating too much. You should only eat when you’re hungry and leave the table when you’re satisfied – not when you’re full. You should aim to feel about 80% full, so that 20 to 30 minutes later you wont feel bloated.

If bloating is seriously affecting your life, you might want to have the causes investigated. It might be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, or pathological causes such as coeliac disease could be behind it. There are a number of reasons why people experience bloating, but if you’re consistently suffering from abdominal bloating, you should not attempt to self-diagnose and cut out certain foods. Instead, seek advice from an accredited practising dietitian who specialises in allergies and intolerances to uncover the cause.

As our dietary habits change, and more processed foods are consumed, researchers are pointing to another cause of bloating: fructose intolerance. People with dietary fructose intolerance are rarely diagnosed, and yet this condition is on the rise as more and more fructose is being found in our diets.

Part of the problem is high fructose syrups are being added to a wide range of foods and our bodies can’t digest them. In order to be absorbed, fructose requires the presence of glucose, but in most foods the balance is rarely equal, leading to problems with digestion.

Bill Lyon is a widely syndicated health writer who has recently researched cellulite lotions, including the popular Revitol Cellulite Solution.

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