What Causes Stomach Bloating?

Bloated Belly, Abdominal Distention

Prevalence, Causes and Treatment

One of the the commonest cause of bloating is food intolerance - or the inability to fully digest certain foods. Incomplete digestive processing produces unexpected gases in the intestine - creating painful pressure, and making the belly swell up - painful stomach bloating.


What is stomach bloating?

Definition of Stomach Bloating

Abdominal bloating happens when unexpected gases are produced as a result of incomplete digestion. The inability to fully digest some foods (food intolerance) leads to bloating. Bloating can be a painful distressing symptom that happens at or after almost any meal.

Stomach boating is caused by several types of Food Intolerance - including Dairy Sensitivity and Fructose Malabsorption and Gluten intolerance.

How common is stomach bloating?

Prevalence of Stomach Bloating

While there are no hard international statistics – we can be informed by careful scientific studies. A recent Canadian study survey published in January 2007* found:

  • 75% of respondents suffered stomach bloating
  • Because of bloating - 13% had missed work or school in the past 3 months
  • And 29% found they were less productive because of painful stomach bloating

More than 80% had consulted doctors - but most were dissatisfied with the therapies prescribed.

Stomach bloating is caused by several types of Food Intolerance - including Dairy Sensitivity and Fructose Malabsorption and Gluten intolerance.

What causes stomach bloating?

Causes of Stomach Bloating

Stomach bloating causes are almost always foods - specifically those we cannot fully digest.

Which food intolerance? 

Of course you will not have all these sensitivities - perhaps one or two only.

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How did I get stomach bloating?

Why We Get Stomach Bloating

Blame your parents! A painful bloated stomach is most often the result of undiagnosed Food Intolerance. And food intolerance is genetic . . . it's in your genes! You got it from your parents, grandparents and other ancestors!

That also means - if you have children - you have already passed on the same genetic material to your sons and daughters. Don't you think it's best to find out which of the main food intolerances you have - so you can share this precious information with other family members (older and younger)?

To get started you'll need a simple journal to track your symptoms.

What is the treatment for stomach bloating?

Treatment for a Bloated Stomach

The treatment is to find out which food is causing your problem - and switch it for another great food. Then the bloating will die down and never happen again.

  • To cure the symptom - remove the cause

But how do you figure out which food is your problem? There are many types of testing: blood tests, breath tests, biopsies and others - and some give good answers on certain intolerances.

But only the Journal Method gives accurate answers on all intolerances. The Institute is the foremost authority on the dramatic improvements people experience when they identify their food intolerance - due to the ground-breaking foodintol® Survey 2012 .... Survey results.

How do you find the cause of stomach bloating?

The Power of a Journal to find Your Food Intolerance

Stomach bloating can arise from a number of food intolerances: Gluten, Fructose, Wheat, Dairy or Yeast.

But a journal puts system into your exploration. It's easy. All you do is track your symptoms as you switch a few foods. We recommend the purpose-designed Detection Diet Journal in  the Healing Program.

By "Switching a Few Foods" and tracking the changes in your symptoms - you will have proof of the cause of your bloating within days.



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What if I do nothing about my stomach bloating?

What to do next

You can choose to do nothing of course. But untreated stomach bloating usually leads to chronic symptoms (those you suffer every day of your life).

And sometimes they develop into chronic disorders like inflammatory disease. Actually a bloated stomach is a valuable warning sign that you could develop further health issues. It's like a Red Flag - so it's a very useful alarm signal.

In fact - most cases of Irritable Bowel, colitis, Crohn's disease, Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease start out as abdominal pain and bloating. 

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I think I might have food intolerance: What should I do?

Beginning with our free e-book, we can help you establish if you are suffering from gluten or wheat intolerance or if your symptoms indicate an intolerance to dairy, fructose or yeast. You may even be suffering from more than one food intolerance.

The research indicates doing nothing can be a risk. Undiagnosed food intolerance can cause serious long-term health problems like osteoporosis, anaemia and many others. Sign up for the Free E-book 'How to Tell If You Have Food Intolerance'



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All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals