Why Am I So Bloated?

Why Am I So Bloated?

Are you often left feeling extremely bloated after eating—your body swelling with fluid or gas? It’s inconvenient, frustrating, and, yes, extremely uncomfortable. Quite frankly, you’re fed up! What gives? Today, let’s talk about some of the common causes of chronic bloating, and some steps you can take to get to the root cause.

1. IBS

One of the common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is – you guessed it – bloating. However, IBS symptoms such as bloating, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation can also closely mimic those of other intolerances and diseases like Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), more commonly known as Sucrose Intolerance.

2. Overeating or Eating Too Fast

You all know the feeling of being uncomfortably full and bloated after a big meal or one too many slices of pizza. This reaction is because stuffing yourself – and doing so quickly – can slow digestion and cause gas, indigestion, or an upset stomach.

If this reaction only occurs occasionally, it can be normal and happens to the best of us. Just practice slowing down and eating smaller portions throughout the day. However, if you find bloating occurs more frequently or severely even when your portions are normal-sized, you’ll want to dig deeper since the cause could be something more serious.

3. Water Retention and Too Much Salt

Is there too much salt in your diet? If salty snacks are your “go-to” nibbles, you may want to reconsider. A diet high in salt can cause water retention and make you feel uncomfortably bloated. While it may seem counterintuitive, be sure to stay super-hydrated to flush out your system. If cutting back on sodium doesn’t seem to do the trick, you’ll want to continue to assess your symptoms to see what else could be to blame.

4. Hormones and “That Time of Month

” Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be especially prone to bloating because of water retention and an influx of hormones prior to menstruation. After all, hormones play a huge role in overall health and wellness. Keep an eye on your diet and drink plenty of water to help keep symptoms at bay. If you find that you’re bloated more often than just “that time of month,” you could be dealing with something more serious.

5. Food Intolerances

Undiagnosed food intolerances, such as gluten intolerance, can trigger many uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, including chronic bloating. So can Sucrose Intolerance, a rare disorder that affects your ability to digest sugar (sucrose). If you have Sucrose Intolerance, consuming sucrose-containing foods can cause recurring diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating. It’s important not to ignore these symptoms.

If you think you might have Sucrose Intolerance or another food intolerance, make an appointment with your doctor to further evaluate and discuss your symptoms. Click the link to read about several testing methods available to aid in the diagnosis.

To further discuss your concerns and test if you may have Sucrose Intolerance, we recommend you make an appointment with your doctor to evaluate your symptoms.

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Sucrose Intolerance May Be More Common Than You Think