I Have Bloating After Meals – What Should I Do?
Bloating after meals affects up to 90% of all human beings whether it’s on occasion or as a rare occurrence. Keeping an observation journal and recording all the foods you eat for a period of 2 weeks could be a good start in determining your bloated stomach causes as you will start noticing similarities. Bloating after eating could just be an occasional minor problem or a major health symptom of a digestive system disease.
Does your bloatedness happen after each meal every day or do you have a bloated belly just after eating certain foods?
A lot of people develop food sensitivities and allergies to wheat, gluten, soy, lactose, eggs and nuts. Some people tend to tolerate naturally fermented dairy products like yogurt, kefir and cheeses better than, for example, whole milk, cream and ice-cream as the lactose sugars are already partially digested by the fermentation process. There also many foods which require a lot of digestive enzymes to break down its components like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, raw onions, garlic and chili peppers resulting in bloating after meals.
Have you had a history of Candida yeast bacteria, irritable bowel syndrome or have been recently treated with antibiotics? Incorporating a high quality probiotic supplement into your diet will introduce friendly intestinal bacteria back into your gut that was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment and help with bloating after meals.
If you have a habit of washing down your meals with cold carbonated beverages, consume fruit, sugary foods, and yeast-containing pastry after a meal, these will all prevent your body from properly digesting food and contribute to excessive gas buildup and bloating after meals.
Avoid stressful discussions or unnecessary distractions at the dinner table, chew foods properly and take your meals at regular intervals to help your digestive system functioning at its best.
Keeping a close watch and analyzing your diet and lifestyle will help you and your doctor determine the exact underlying reasons for your bloating after meals.