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Bloating Causes and Treatment

Bloating Causes and Treatment

Summary: Bloating is one of the most common abdominal problems that people after eating, even if they haven’t had too much to eat. In this article, we will discuss what the most common causes for bloating and gassiness are and how it can be avoided.

What is bloating?

Abdominal bloating is described as a general feeling of fullness and tightness in the stomach. It is an extremely common condition that affects 10 to 30 percent of adults.
It is not a serious condition, but feeling unwell can distract you and limit your productivity or activity, especially if it occurs often.
Bloating is often accompanied by frequent gas.

What are the causes?

Abdominal bloating can be caused by a number of things. The most common are the following:

  1. Swallowing too much air by chewing gum or drinking through a straw.
  2. Being constipated.
  3. Being lactose intolerant and ingesting dairy products.
  4. Heartburn.
  5. Eating too much too fast, especially if the food is fatty, which takes more time to digest than protein and carbohydrates.
  6. Gaining weight.
  7. Artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol.

How can bloating be avoided or treated?

Usually, bloating is very simple to treat and it does not require a medical treatment. By following these simple lifestyle changes, you should be able to reduce or completely eliminate bloating:

  • Avoid things that make you swallow more air: chewing gum and drinking through a straw are the most common causes for swallowing extra air.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks.
  • Avoid certain vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower and carrots contain certain sugars that contribute to bloating.
  • Avoid products with sorbitol and fructose: these are added to some foods and are, in some cases, difficult to digest.
  • Avoid beans and lentils: they also contain difficult-to-digest sugars.
  • Try losing weight.
  • Eat more slowly and chew your food well.
  • Avoid fatty foods.
Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.