8 Reasons You Feel Bloated and How to Treat It

People are constantly complaining about bloating, but the good news is that the underlying cause of almost every treatable case is determined. We all know how uncomfortable the bloating can be.

Even the self-confidence of many women is affected, and they have a negative feeling about themselves. In order to solve bloating you need to learn what causes it.

Once you find out the cause, it is easier to solve this problem.

The Most Frequent Things Which Cause Bloating Are:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Irregular meals
  • Poor combination of food
  • Food intolerances
  • Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity
  • Digestive enzymes deficiency (including intolerance of lactose)
  • Intestinal yeast overgrowth
  • Overgrowth of intestinal bacteria or parasites

How to Treat Your Problem:

1. Insulin Resistance

A hormone which is released in response to sugar (glucose) from the pancreas. After finishing your meal the level of the insulin spikes. When in a healthy, non-insulin resistant person an insulin is released, it provokes the body’s cells to apply glucose and fat from the bloodstream.

When there is no response of the cells then occurs insulin resistance. The result is more insulin secreted in the body, and glucose’s toxic levels are created in the blood, that is familiar to the people as high blood sugar.

Symptoms which are common for insulin resistance: increased appetite, weight gain, a huge appetite for sweets and carbohydrates, feeling bloated and tired after eating. If you have noticed these signs or more important a member of your family had diabetes; you are possibly insulin resistant.

But do not worry, you can treat this condition with exercise and diet changes. The most important thing is to consume more proteins, vegetables, fibers, exercise regularly and to reduce the carbohydrate foods and intake of sugar.

2. Irregular Meals

Bloating is also caused by taking irregular meals. When you are starving half of the day, or at bedtime, you take a large amount of food your metabolism and digestion will suffer.

For instance, every time when you will skip breakfast and then have a rich lunch it will cause bloating because your digestive system is shocked, also the insulin and the blood sugar will rise. You will have problems all day long.

With consistent and regular meals our body is most productive, and the digestive system works better. Try to have breakfast one hour after you are awake, lunch at a regular time and your dinner should be before 7 pm.

Also, if you have need of snacks, they should be mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

3. Poor Combination of Food

If you combine the product in a bad way, you will have a problem. Even though some are more sensitive than others, the bad combination of food slows the digestive process and can cause indigestion and bloating.

Rule number one: eat the fruit alone, without combining it with other food, protein especially. For instance, you should never eat a fruit salad or a melon after eating fish for dinner!

Another important thing, do not combine carbohydrates with proteins. For those who eat meat, fish or poultry, try to separate the proteins and starches, and you will notice a change.

Try to have juice fruits for breakfast; a snack of nuts as a mid-morning; lunch with meat, fish or poultry with vegetables, and for dinner stick to a carbohydrate, grilled vegetables with baked potato.

4. Food Intolerance

Food allergy is a different thing from food intolerance in such a way that the reaction to the food is delayed, rather than an instant response of swelling, anaphylaxis or itching. Inflammation and immune stress are caused by the food intolerance.

Also, this can cause irritation of intestinal tract and bloating. Common foods that lead to intolerance: eggs, dairy, fruits as citrus, banana, pineapple; nuts (peanuts, almonds), corn, gluten, wheat or others.

Food intolerance can be identified by taking a blood test. Some who has a history of eczema, asthma, allergies or an autoimmune disease, or associated with low energy, digestive disturbance or skin conditions could be suspected with food intolerance.

5. Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are on rise, due to the changes in wheat in the last 50 years, also the high grain products’ consumption. Many people who are sensitive to gluten will feel bloating, without or with gassiness, diarrhea or constipation.

There is available testing for celiac and gluten intolerance, even those whose tests are negative feel better without gluten. Low B12 vitamin without being vegan or vegetarian is also an indicator for gluten intolerance.

If you think that you have a problem with gluten, you should make blood test to be sure or to restrict gluten for five weeks. To be sure, after those five weeks without gluten try to consume it again, to see the reaction.

But do not worry, gluten has so many alternatives such as millet, quinoa, rice, sweet and squash potato, etc.

6. Digestive Enzymes Deficiency (Including Intolerance of Lactose)

The pancreas produces digestive enzymes which help with the disruption of food into forms which could be absorbed by our body. Enzymes can break down carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and lactose.

Sometimes, your body can not produce enough digestive enzymes, which results in pain, bloating, irregular bowel movements and indigestion. Lack of digestive enzymes may be caused by aging, chronic stress, food intolerances, overgrowth of bacteria, low stomach acid.

Also, intolerance of lactose is a form of deficiency, if there is poor lactase enzyme to collapse lactose, will result in low digestion of products. You can test lactose intolerance with a two weeks challenge; it means to eat dairy products to see what will happen or with a breath test.

To solve this problem temporarily, with your meals you can take digestive enzymes, and avoid dairy if you deal with lactose intolerance. However, it is very important to get the base of the problem, to treat properly every dis-balance and to boost the body to produce enough enzymes by itself.

7. Intestinal Yeast Overgrowth

The frequent use of antibiotics causes intestinal yeast overgrowth, which is very common. The most frequent actions are use of antibiotics as a child for tonsils or ear infections, antibiotic for urinary infections or antibiotics for acne.

You will feel gassy and bloated if there is much yeast in your body. The reason for this condition is because yeast ferment foods are causing gassiness. It is possible for some group of people to experience impulse for binge eating, fatigue, brain fog, fungal skin infection and very high sugar.

Do not panic; you can treat this condition by rebalancing the intestinal flora with a diet without sugar. Kill the yeast with proper supplements, and restore your intestinal flora with suitable probiotics.

8. Overgrowth of Intestinal Bacteria or Parasites

Having disbalance in the organism is a very common thing. A lot of people fight with extra pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tracts. If you have recently traveled to Africa, Asia, South America or even just eating in Toronto, it is possible to get some of those nasty bugs.

What is typical for this type of digestive dis-balance is weight loss, diarrhea, and fatigue. If you want to test bacterial overgrowth and parasites, it is possible with a complete digestive stool analyses. Once the organisms are identified the treatment is much easier.


To conclude, there are many things which cause bloating, so, the Naturopathic doctors are searching for solutions. The feeling is not very nice if you have to lose your pants after every meal or to feel like a balloon when you are hanging out with friends. We hope that this article will come in handy and you will find a way to correct your digestive health.

Source The Hearty Soul | Family Life Goals