By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Abdominal bloating is a common problem. It’s uncomfortable, it’s annoying and it can be embarrassing. Many of our patients tell us they almost need to change clothes half way through the day, as their abdomen expands. It starts off relatively flat in the morning and grows larger during the day.
Most cases of abdominal bloating are due to digestive problems. Food sensitivities, digestive enzyme insufficiency, stomach acid and bile insufficiency are very common, especially in people who are stressed, anxious or only have a short amount of time in which to eat a meal. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is another common cause. People with this condition are essentially gas factories. BactoClear capsules can help relieve bloating, indigestion and medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome.
Occasionally abdominal bloating can be caused by a more serious condition such as ovarian cancer. Therefore it’s always best to consult your doctor for a correct diagnosis before assuming you know the cause of your health complaint.
Bloating is often accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms such as flatulence or abdominal cramps. Some people experience altered bowel habits; sometimes they are constipated and other times they have diarrhoea. This just compounds the discomfort. Chronic digestive discomfort can be very stressful. It can make it hard to concentrate on your work or study, and it can be especially stressful if your job involves frequent travel.
Here are 6 foods to include in your diet to minimise abdominal bloating: