Bloating myths that need to go
All of us must have experienced bloating at some point or the other. Bloating is a big subject and there are many myths floating around it and here we debunk some. Bloating as understood in the gastrointestinal world means abdominal swelling caused by gas, food or stool excess in the intestinal system or the sensation of this.
All bloating has the same cause
This is as far from the truth as can be. Discomfort after over-eating or feeling bloated after eating looks like a symptom of bloating but the cause may be different for everyone. There are some who are more prone to bloating. This includes conditions such as gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia and SIBO. Identifying the cause is very important to clear bloating.
Sodium is the cause for bloating
It’s true that excess sodium will retain fluid and may give you a puffy appearance, but it will not cause stomach bloating. Fluid retention because of sodium will only make the ankles swell.
Bloating due to bacterial imbalance
Trillions of bacteria live in our gastrointestinal tract and they can be divided into three major categories. The first type is the probiotic or beneficial bacteria, and these help us generate vitamins and short-chain fatty acids which are good for health. The second type consists of commensals which neither help nor hurt us. The third type is potentially pathogenic or harmful, for instance when a strain of E. coli continues growing without being stopped. All kinds of bacteria have the potential to cause gas and bloating.
Some foods can eliminate bloating
Though the internet is full of articles claiming that some foods can keep away bloating, there’s no magic fix. Instead, it’s important to consider overall dietary patterns and food intake.
A dietician or doctor is not needed
If you have bloating don’t skip a visit with a gastroenterologist and a registered dietitian. This will help you to secure an accurate diagnosis and receive a tailored treatment plan.