Most often we think it is simply because we have eaten too much, but the reason for bloating after eating could actually be due to several other factors that range from fluctuating hormone levels to certain types of food. This is called stomach bloat, and in some cases it can be triggered by as little as a glass of water.
Bloating can often be blamed in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is a common issue that is caused by a sensitive gut and usually ends up leaving you with issues like cramps, bloating and diarrhoea.
Usually in these cases the stomach swells by a few centimeters, but in severe cases it may actually double in size! It stays like this for a day or so before deflating until the next incident.
The reason for bloating of any severity can come from several sources, including:
- Fluctuating Hormones
This is one of the main causes of bloating in women, and can be clearly seen at certain stages of their monthly cycle. It is widely believed that it is due to fluid retention, but the fact of the matter is that when the body releases more progesterone, it causes the muscles in tummy area to relax resulting in more space between the organs, and the woman then looks bloated. This becomes an increased issue during menopause.
Since the muscles within the digestive track also relax, they are not as effective in getting the food through the gut which can lead to constipation and even further bloating. To prevent this, you should eat plenty of fibre.
- A Healthy Diet
This might sound strange at first, but healthy food might actually cause bloating. This is because things like hi fibre brown bread, bran and vegetables can start fermenting in the gut.
To add to this, we often spend the whole day snacking on things like seeds, nuts and fruits which only contributes to this fermentation.
The opposite may also be true if you are not getting enough fibre and you are eating loads of protein, although the reason for bloating then is constipation.
- Antibiotics and other medication
As we all know by now, antibiotics kill all of the good bacteria along with the bad ones. This means that the gut is not protected as it should be, and makes it much easier to develop digestive issues and other gut problems. This can lead then leads to constipation, gas and bloating.
As all the bodily functions are in some way related, thus it is easy to see how your emotional side can play a role on your health. When you are stressed, it makes the gut much more sensitive to other factors that might lead to gut issues. This in turn causes more stress, resulting in a vicious cycle.
- Undiagnosed Coeliac Disease
Coeliac disease is essentially an allergy to gluten. It leads to very uncomfortable bloating, but the precise reason for this is still being researched. It most likely linked to an issue with the immune system, as most allergies are.
The symptoms are often similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome thus many patients can go undiagnosed for several years.
Some symptoms that might help you tell coeliac disease from irritable bowel syndrome include unexplained anemia, fertility issues and joint pain.
Treatment for Bloating
Since the main causes of bloating can be lead back to the gut bacteria and digestive enzymes, it is vital to cut out the foods that cause bad bacteria, and eat more foods that help increase good bacteria. Try the Manna Diet as described in the free e-book.
To reinstate the “good” bacteria in the gut, we have formulated the Manna GUT Support. This product include not only the best and most needed probiotics, but also include the most important digestive enzymes and an amino acid called L-Glutamine to repair the inside wall of the gut.
If stress is the cause of your digestive problems, we have an all-natural supplement which can help you cope with it. Manna Calmer (Adult or Extra) can calm down without any side effects.