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    Why do I experience bloating so often?

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    I experience abdominal pain and bloating quite frequently. What could be causing this? How can I adjust my diet?
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    Dr Michael Elstein

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am an anti-ageing/wellness expert and author of ‘Eternal Health,’ and ‘You have the power.’ I have appeared on radio and television and currently have … View Profile

    This really needs a proper medical assessment.  I have commonly found that bloating is caused by food intolerance, inadequate production of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes and an overgrowth of abnormal bacteria in the gut.  Testing can identify which of these problems is the primary cause.  The abstract below will provide an excellent summation of all the possible causes of bloating.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22327302

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    Liz Beavis

    Dietitian

    Liz specialises in helping you to feel better, by helping you identify any food, diet or environmental factors that might be triggering your symptoms. Liz … View Profile

    I definitely agree with Dr Elstein that you should rule out medical issues that might be making you feel bloated, most of these are digestive, but some other issues like Ovarian Cancer can also have similar symptoms.
    Some foods can be linked to bloating, including foods that get fermented in your gut (known as FODMAPs).
    Some people feel bloated after eating due to poor digestion, which may be made worse by eating too fast or not chewing foods properly. Some people feel bloated due to ongoing constipation. Extra fibre (and fluid!) may help in this case, but for some people certain types of fibre can make them feel more bloated!
    Some people find relief with particular probiotics (but note every probiotic has a different job to do, so not all will relieve your symptoms!)
    Our clinical approach is to tease apart your symptoms and your food intake to help you identify which foods (or food groups) and other factors (such as stress!), may be playing a role in your symptoms. I would recommend finding yourself an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with a special interest in digestive issues to help you take a stepwise approach to doing this.

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