Nutrition for IBS, Reflux and Bloated Stomach Relief

What Causes my Bloated Stomach?

September 30th, 2013 by
Jess Keane (BSc. Biochem Post Grad Dip. Nutrition) Nutritionist Cork and Waterford

Here we look at common causes of bloated stomach. To understand and identify the cause of your bloated tummy requires some investigation. Here are some common causes of bloating :

  1. If the bloating gets worse during the course of the day and is relieved after a bowel movement, constipation may be the cause of the abdominal bloating and pain. The trick is to slowly increase the right type of fibre. Introducing the wrong type of fibre too quickly can actually make bloating worse.
  2. Hormonal fluctuations during the female monthly cycle are common triggers for bloating. Increased progesterone levels cause abdominal muscles to relax which causes a woman to look bloated. The muscles in the bowel also relax, meaning the bowel becomes sluggish. This also can cause constipation, triggering further bloating. Fluid retention, causing bloating, is one of the signs of an underactive thyroid gland.
  3. If you experience bloating in the upper stomach acid, particularly after eating, feel really full after a normal-sized meal, burp lots within an hour of eating or get heartburn or indigestion,  low stomach acid production may be the cause of your bloated stomach.
  4. FODMAPS – these are various types of carbohydrates found in certain fruits and vegetables, dairy, beans, grains, cereals, naturals sweeteners, such as honey, and sugar-free chewing gum. Poorly digested FODMAPS may trigger bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Talk to a well-trained nutritionist or dietician about the FODMAP food plan.

If your symptoms are severe, sudden-onset, especially if they are accompanied by blood in your stool, vomiting or painful stomach cramps, see you doctor to rule out a medical condition.