What is bloating?

Abdominal bloating can be disconcerting and painful. Some people notice that their belly looks swollen or misshapen or they may experience sharp, abdominal pain. Yet, in many cases, the cause may be something as simple as indigestion or a build-up of gas in the stomach or bowels.

What causes bloating?

Bloating can be caused by a variety of things.  Abdominal bloating is common and people may experience it repeatedly over a period of time in a predictable pattern. When the pattern changes and bloating becomes worse, it may due to some of these causes:

  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Infection
  • Food intolerances
  • Chronic disorders
  • Constipation

Treatment options for bloating

Nutritional therapy

Nutritional therapy can assist you in overcoming bloating and stomach aches by offering meal plans and structuring plans to suit your needs. A food diary could be created to monitor your bloating and identify food intolerances and adaptations that can be made to lead a healthier lifestyle. Many people often find that avoiding certain foods can prevent bloating and other gastrointestinal health issues.