What a horrible feeling when you are bloated, right? Don’t you just want to unbutton your pants or throw on some leggings, crawl under a blanket and feel sorry for yourself? Haha…I totally get it! But…let’s try preventing the bloat instead and talk about how to cure it!
3 Serious Causes of Bloating
Celiac Disease, Gluten — proteins found in whole grains such as wheat, rye, barley, as well as foods like soy sauce, salad dressings, beer, and more — can cause bloating, gas, constipation and other GI issues in people with a gluten sensitivity (non-celiac gluten sensitivity) or a gluten allergy (celiac disease). But for people with a gluten allergy, gluten sparks an immune-system response that can damage the small intestine. Blood tests and bowel biopsies can determine if you have celiac disease.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — The exact causes of IBS are unknown, but one of the most common symptoms is bloating, according to Dr. Zighelboim. High-fiber foods and carbs like beans, broccoli, and cabbage, can aggravate IBS, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. IBS is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders, affecting between 10-15 percent of U.S. adults.
Lactose Intolerance — About 65 percent of adults have trouble digesting lactose after infancy. In those who arelactose intolerant, the small intestine can’t manufacture enough of the enzyme needed to digest the lactose in dairy products.