Bloating: Treatment and Causes

What Is Bloating? 

Bloating is a common condition that is linked to what you eat. Get rid of bloating by cutting out fizzy drinks and particular foods that cause wind, for example, beans, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower.

You should sit down to eat and you should exercise regularly. Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your stomach is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable, however, if you are experiencing persistent bloating, it may be caused by a specific digestive problem or particular issues with your diet. Please contact MyHealthcare Clinic on 0207 099 5555 for a check-up with one of our private GPs to see what the problem may be. You might be referred to our dietician to further discuss what you eat and how to make some key changes to your diet.

What causes bloating?

If your stomach often feels bloated, it could be due to:

·      Excess flatulence

·      Constipation

·      Swallowing air while eating

·      Food intolerance

·      Coeliac disease

·      Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Constipation and bloating

If you get constipation, you can take steps to prevent it by adding more fibre to your diet, by drinking lots of fluids and by exercising regularly, for example, going on a 20 to 30 minute brisk walk 4 times a week can improve your bowel function.

Swallowing air and bloating

Try not to swallow too much air. Do not talk and eat at the same time, sit down to eat (sitting upright and not slumped over), reduce the amount of fizzy drinks you consume, cut out chewing gum and eat with your mouth closed so that you’re not taking in excess air.

Food intolerance can lead to bloating when:

·      Your bowel does not empty properly

·      The food causes gas to be trapped

·      Too much gas is produced as a reaction to the foodIf you are experiencing persistent problems with bloating please contact MyHealthcare Clinic for a consultation with one of our private GPs.