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Stomach Bloating Or Abdominal Distension

A bloated stomach is often caused by a sudden increase in fiber from vegetables, fruits and beans. If this is the cause of your bloating, you might ease up on these foods and reintroduce them more gradually into your diet. Alternatively, persevere and the bloated feeling should pass within a matter of days.

Possible causes of bloating include:

The most common causes of chronic stomach bloating are irregular digestive processes which produce gases at a much higher rate than normal.

How Stomach Bloating Happens:

Digestion is a series of chemical reactions that break down food into components from which we derive energy and nutrients. The remaining material is waste and is delivered further down the intestinal tract for elimination.

Some of those waste products are odourless gases and under normal circumstances the amounts are managed easily by the elasticity of the intestinal canal. That is, the small volumes of methane, oxygen and nitrogen do not overly stretch the gut wall and pass along painlessly. Known as flatulence, we all experience this as a normal part of digestion.

But when different gases are produced – as with food intolerance – often at higher temperatures and pressures the result can be extremely painful, smelly and debilitating.

Foods that may cause gas include:

Known as stomach bloating, the large pockets of sulphur-bearing gases (hydrogen sulphides and/or mercaptans) stretch the gut wall past its comfortable elastic limit and we feel pain and a ‘blowing up’ or expansion in the abdomen. It may even become difficult to put on clothes like jeans or suit trousers


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