Symptoms of intestinal bloating can range from middle irritation to severe pain and discomfort, and they shouldn’t be overlooked. In some instances, bloating is only the result of some poor dietary choices, while other times they can be caused by a significant intestinal issue. In today’s blog, we take a look at five different reasons why you may deal with chronic or irregular bloating, and how a gastrointestinal specialist can help treat the issue.
Why Am I Feeling Bloated?
Feelings of fullness and bloating can be the result of minor or severe digestive issues. Here’s a look at some of the more common causes of bloating, and why you should seek out a GI specialist if you can’t get control over your symptoms.
- Overeating – Overeating is one of the most common causes of feeling bloated, and thankfully it’s also one of the least severe causes. That being said, regular overeating can lead to weight gain and related issues, so it’s not something that should be overlooked. If you need help developing a dietary plan that helps to limit your food intake, talk with a gastroenterologist, because we have a wealth of experience in developing and implementing healthy diets.
- Food Allergy – Millions of people are unaware that an undiagnosed food allergy is causing their chronic bloating. A GI specialist can take a closer look at how your digestive system responds to certain foods and nutrients to determine if an underlying food allergy is at play. From there, we can help you develop a healthy eating pattern to avoid certain foods or food groups like gluten or dairy.
- Food Reaction – Sometimes certain foods can cause a digestive reaction even if we’re not outright allergic to the food. For example, spicy and greasy foods have been known to trigger an inflammatory response inside our digestive tract, and that can contribute to feelings of bloatedness. Again, we can help identify these inflammatory food sources and adjust your diet as needed.
- Underlying Medical Condition – Certain underlying medical conditions can also result in feelings of bloatedness. For example, liver disease and heart disease can lead to fluid retention or accumulation in the body, and this can leave you feeling bloated. These are also serious medical conditions that need to be addressed with the help of a gastrointestinal specialist.
- Smoking – Finally, smokers may also have more instances of bloating because of how the smoke reacts with their body. Smoking can lead to an inflammatory reaction inside the stomach, which can lead to acute or chronic bloating. Kick the habit and see if your bloating subsides.
So if you are dealing with regular or painful bloating, now is the time to reach out to a GI specialist. We can help pinpoint the source of your bloating and assist in implementing the small or large corrective actions to put an end to your bloating. For more information, or for help with any intestinal issue, reach out to Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants today.