Bloating symptoms can be uncomfortable and even sometimes painful. That overeating at the dinner table could leave you with an evening of distress if you become bloated. While the symptoms of bloating vary, many of them are common and more pronounced than others. Be on the lookout though, because many symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain can mimic those of underlying health conditions meaning that if you are having frequent cases of tummy poof that go beyond feeling bloated after eating, you may need to speak to your health care provider.
Most commonly, the sensation of a puffed out abdomen and a feeling of fullness are the symptoms of bloating. This symptom can often be remedied by taking a walk or an antacid. Less commonly, abdominal pain and bloating occur. Sometimes the pain associated with bloating can be mistaken for gall bladder, appendix, or even heart trouble.
Additionally, other common effects of bloating include distention of the abdomen or abnormal swelling. Cramping is another frequently reported effect of bloating. Because bloating often occurs on a full stomach, the cramps associated can be quite painful.
Oftentimes, the symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain can be relieved by determining the source. Constipation and bloating go hand in hand for instance, as many people report bloating when constipated. In this case, treating the constipation will help to relieve the bloating. However, be aware that increasing fiber intake, which will treat the constipation, can also increase your incidence of bloating and compromise the absorption of vital vitamins A, D, E, K, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, as well as proteins and fats. This may sound controversial since we have been told for decades that dietary fiber is crucial for regular bowel movement and prevention of many illnesses. Nevertheless, while it takes time for the nutrients in food to be absorbed through the gut wall, when fiber makes the food travel through faster, less nutrients will be absorbed.
It’s important to evaluate all of your symptoms if you are experiencing recurring bloat to ensure that your distended abdomen is not something more serious. Many gastrointestinal diseases are causes of a bulging belly such as diverticulosis and celiac disease. Intestinal parasites can also cause it, so if you have recently traveled abroad and have recently developed a Buddha belly that is causing you distress, it’s certainly worthwhile to see your doctor. Intestinal candida could also be causing your symptoms. While occasional bloating is common, increased or unexplainable frequency, as well as abdominal pain patterns should not be ignored. You can reduce common symptoms of bloating by exercising and changing your diet. Significantly limiting sugar, which is highly harmful to your immune system, gluten, and carbs, is important, as is reducing your intake of gas inducing cuisine.