I mentioned sometime last year to a friend that your protruded stomach or abdomen may not be as a result of too much fat — it could be due to bloating. I talked about how you can find out if what you have is a bloated stomach too What we will be discussing here are the food and other causes of bloating as well as the tips you can make use of to getting rid of a bloating.

1. What are the causes of Bloating?
Bloating could be caused by several factors and you may want to check with your doctor to find out what the cause really is. If it is not caused by a chronic heart or liver condition, it is probably due to the following factors;

– Eating too fast
– Using straw to suck drinks which sucks in gas with it
– Ovarian cancer
– Weight gain
– Overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel
– Menstruation
– Fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites) as a result of cancer, liver disease, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and other disorders

2. The Food Causes of Bloating Explained

Apart from the habits and medical conditions listed above, foods can also cause bloating – which ultimately can still be released to medical conditions.

– Consumption of carbonated drinks and food that is high in lactose by people who are lactose intolerant like me (e.g. Milk) can cause a bloated stomach to develop.
– consumption of wheat gluten by people who cannot tolerate it causes it too.
– Foods made from Barley e.g. malt, malt drinks, malt flavoring and malt vinegar
– Avoid foods made from wheat flour e.g. bread, cake, pasta, etc., unless they are made from corn, rice, soy or labelled Gluten-free.
– Rye

3. What are the Symptoms?

The most prominent symptom is the feeling of fullness especially just after eating. It usually also come with distention where the stomach is visibly larger than normal. Other symptoms that may accompany it include;

– Abdominal pain
– Blood in the stools or dark, tarry looking stools diarrhea
– Worsening heartburn
– Vomiting
– Unexplained weight loss

4. Tips For Getting Rid Of A Bloated Stomach

If your bloating comes with any of the symptoms listed in bullets above, then you just have to see a medical doctor. Otherwise, adjusting your diet and eating habits can make your bloating go away over time. What you should do include;

– Chewing gum can cause you to swallow extra air. Avoid it.
– Reduce your intake of carbonated drinks.
– Avoid “gassy” foods, such vegetables in the cabbage family, dried beans, and lentils.
– Eat slowly.
– Avoid sucking drinks with a straw.
– Lose weight if you are overweight.
– Use lactose-free dairy products, e.g. Yoghurt.

Feel free to email JosephAbalokwu@yahoo.com if you have questions and suggestions on this topic


Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).

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