Abnormal Bloating and Food Intolerance

Understanding Bloating and the Digestion Process

Becoming more and more prevalent, stomach bloating has been recently called an “epidemic” by some medical professionals, emphasizing poor eating habits, stress levels, and exposure to unnatural chemicals that are being consumed in modern diets.


Common Causes of Bloating


While it may seem like just an uncomfortable buildup of temporary water or gas, bloating can be a key signal that something is wrong with your nutrition or digestive process. For example, fiber intake, bowel obstruction, constipation, edema, or other serious digestive disorders like Crohn’s Disease can cause stomach bloating.


In most cases, though, bloating is not a serious condition and can be combatted with diet changes.


Symptoms Include:


  • Swelling/abdominal distention
  • Water retention
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation


Bloating and Food Intolerance


One common cause of bloating is due to problems digesting and metabolizing certain foods. When dealing with a food intolerance—where the body can sometimes have trouble digesting and converting proteins into nutrients—the inability to break down foods in your intestines can lead to an imbalance of bacterias in the gut or digestive tract.


In fact, some studies indicate that the bacteria in your gut (gut flora) can play a crucial role in toxin neutralization. It’s their job to stimulate the digestive process and produce vitamins that help keep your gut healthy.


But, when there’s an imbalance of these bacteria (which can be caused by a food intolerance), the harmful bacteria can take over and cause many negative symptoms including bloating.


How a Food Intolerance Test Can Help


Eliminating and replacing problem foods from your diet may help fight against bloating. The quickest way to identify your food intolerances is by taking a blood test that measures IgG antibody levels against a variety of different food proteins.


This kind of testing helps to quickly identify which foods are responding negatively with your system and can be more efficient than food journaling or guess-and-check diets.


All that’s left to do after you get your results is to eliminate the foods you’re intolerant to. That’s it. No follow-ups. No exercise regimens. Zero hassles.

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