Bloating is definitely one of the most unpleasant digestive problems you
might experience. It can make your stomach look the size of a
basketball, and is usually accompanied by an unpleasant feeling in the
stomach. It is most often a harmless problem (such as a side-effect of a
heavy meal), but it may indicate ovarian or colon cancer in some cases.
Here are the most common causes of bloating:
- Irregular meals
- Insulin resistance
- Lack of digestive enzymes
- Gluten sensitivity
- Food intolerance
- Intestinal parasites
- Poor food combinations
- Intestinal yeast overgrowth
Patients are usually tested for food intolerance and celiac disease as
well as gluten sensitivity or insulin resistance. However, it’s also
important to pay more attention to the early signs of bloating in order
to detect the real problem and treat it appropriately.
Here are the main causes of bloating and how to fix the problem:
1. Insulin resistance
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which has the role of
neutralizing the excess glucose in our blood. When we eat, the insulin
levels are higher in order to prevent glucose spikes. However, if the
cells don’t respond to it, it can lead to insulin resistance and raise
the risk of diabetes. Carb and sugar cravings as well as weight gain and
bloating are the most common symptoms of insulin resistance. Luckily,
the problem can be fixed before diabetes develops – all you need to do
is eat a healthy diet and start exercising regularly.
2. Intestinal yeast overgrowth
Long-term antibiotics use is the main cause of intestinal yeast
overgrowth. Antibiotics may help you against some kind of infection, but
they can also destroy your intestinal microflora, which allows yeast to
wreak havoc in your system. An overgrowth of yeast in the digestive
system may cause bloating, sugar and carb cravings as well as increased
appetite, vaginal yeast infections and brain fog as well. Cleaning your
digestive system and consuming probiotics more often are the two
simplest ways to restore your intestinal microflora.
3. Irregular meals
Eating irregular meals will definitely cause bloating and other symptoms
such as excess gasses as well. Eating a heavy meal before going to bed
will do the same, as can skipping breakfast. Irregular meals will
definitely harm your digestion and cause your glucose levels to run
high. This will cause bloating and other digestive problem, and lower
your energy levels as well. In this case, most people drink coffee to
get their energy levels back up, which is even worse. To regulate your
digestive system, you should drink coffee an hour after getting up, have
a lunch at mid-day and never eat dinner after 7 PM. You can have snacks
between the meals, but make sure to keep them light.
4. Food intolerance
Food intolerance and food allergies are different. The symptoms of food
intolerance are mild at the beginning – you can experience swelling,
itching or anaphylaxis later than allergies. The main cause of food
intolerance is inflammation in the body and too much stress which can
irritate the digestive tract. The most common foods that can cause
intolerance are eggs, corn, gluten, fruit and nuts.
Food intolerance can be confirmed via blood tests. These tests should be
regularly taken if you’re a diabetic, or you have a family history of
asthma, allergies or eczema. The intolerance can also lower your energy
levels and cause skin and digestive problems such as bloating.
5. Lack of digestive enzymes
The pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help the digestive system
breakdown food into essential nutrients such as lactose, fats and
protein. However, bacterial overgrowth, bacteria, parasites, some foods,
yeast and chronic stress can affect the production of these hormones
negatively, resulting in problems such as indigestion and bloating.
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common for of enzyme deficiency,
and is known to be harmful. If you think you’re suffering from this
problem, we suggest visiting a doctor in order to resolve it on time.
6. Gluten sensitivityCeliac disease
Gluten sensitivity is a serious problem nowadays, and one of the main
causes of inflammation in the digestive tract and symptoms such as
bloating. Celiac disease is even worse, and they are both connected to
gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and other grains
which can wreak havoc in your digestive system. If you think you’re
gluten intolerant, make sure to visit your doctor who can diagnose the
problem and put you on an appropriate therapy.
7. Poor food combinations
Some food combination can cause more than bloating – for example, you
should never mix fruits and vegetables. You should also never eat a
watermelon after having fish for dinner, as well as protein and carbs in
one meal. Separating the proteins and carbs will keep your digestive
system in balance and prevent bloating and other symptoms as well.
8. Parasite or bacterial intestinal overgrowth
Excess bacteria or parasites in the intestines can result in an
overgrowth and infections which can lead to bloating and more serious
digestive problems including diarrhea, constipation or weight loss. This
can be detected with a stool sample and treated appropriately.