What is Bloating?
We usually get bloating and we don’t even know what is the reason behind it. Ever wondered why suddenly your stomach feels full and big. But you haven’t eaten for in a few days either. You’ll be thinking that it might be fat but “No” it’s not. You just don’t feel like eating and getting indigestion. If you are experiencing these symptoms you must read this article to know the reason and what to do about it.
Bloating is a sensation of abdominal fullness this commonly occurs as a result of a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract may be associated with gastrointestinal disorders or organic diseases about 16 to 30 per cent of people report that they regularly experience it, so it’s pervasive. Bloating can cause discomfort and sometimes pain and have a negative effect on the quality of life. For some individuals bloating and distension are not the same.
Bloating meaning: It can be described as the feeling that there is an inflated balloon in the abdomen. distension refers to a visible increase in measured abdominal size. Bloated abdominal and distension can occur together, but that may not always be the case. Studies in people reporting bloating have shown that only half also have abdominal distension.
Difference Between Bloating and Distension
The main difference between bloating and distension is that there may be different underlying causes so different treatments may be needed. Hypersensitivity in the abdomen plays a significant role in it and is correlated with the Diarrhoea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Although distension is associated more often with constipation, often induced by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Compared to healthy patients, the control of gas among patients with IBS was found to be impaired.
It was shown in a study looking at gas managing that IBS patients stored somewhat more gas in their abdominal than healthy participants, and gas retention was correlated with symptoms of being bloated and distension. Individuals with defecating disorders also possess higher bloated and distension, possibly due to impaired gas and stool evacuation. Know About – Yoga Diet Plan
What Are The Causes Of Bloating?
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Swallowing air when eating too fast
- Drinking fizzy drinks may create constipation but it could be due to food intolerance usually from— Milk as in Lactose Intolerance, Fructose Intolerance, wheat and gluten.
- Hormones especially before a Period or during Menopause
- Food allergy
- Celiac disease
- Certain medications such as phentermine
- Massive infestation with intestinal parasites
- Gas producing foods including legumes like beans and lentils
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Ovarian cysts
- Intra-abdominal tumors such as those from cancers of the ovary to liver stomach and uterus.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Gastroesophageal reflux.
When to Consult the Doctor When Having Bloating?
A sensation that the abdomen is full. Sharp pain that may occur anywhere in the body and change locations rapidly. A doctor should be consulted if bloating is accompanied by Diarrhea, Bloody stool’s, Chest discomfort, Loss of appetite or feeling too full quickly, Persistent or severe abdominal pain, Unintended weight loss, Changes in the colour of stool or frequency of stools. These signs could signal an underlying digestive.
Diagnosis and treatment from the doctor will start by asking you questions about your condition including symptoms duration of the problem, current medications and review your medical history. The doctor then carries out a physical exam that includes palpating your stomach for masses or swelling tapping your tummy to identify any fluid present and listen to bowel sounds to detect any obstruction. The doctor may suggest certain diet trials to determine if there is a particular food that is triggering your problem to help rule out lactose fructose or sucrose intolerances. Know More – Purna Dhanurasana
A breath test may be recommended investigations are needed in some patients especially if serious symptoms are present in imaging studies such as ultrasound CT scan and Endoscopy may be used. Treatment depends on the underlying cause of being bloated will usually resolve itself by making certain lifestyle and dietary changes.
Dietary and Lifestyle changes
This may include avoiding these:-
- Carbonated beverages
- Eating small frequent meals at a reasonable pace
- Avoid chewing gum it will cause swallowing air
- Gas producing foods such as beans and lentils should be avoided
- Regular exercises taking a walk after each meal
- Bloating caused by constipation can be treated by eating more high-fiber foods exercising regularly and increasing fluid intake.
- Food enzymes can be taken before food as if consumed or added to food that causes gas and being bloated.
Yoga for Bloating
1. Half Lord of The Fishes or Ardha Matsyendra Asana (अर्धमत्स्येन्द्रासन)
2. Child Pose or Shashankansa (शशांकासन )
3. Wind-Relieving Pose or Pawanmuktasana (पवनमुक्तासन)
4. Legs Up the Wall Pose or Viparita Karani (विपरीत करनी)
5. Cat Pose and Cow Pose or Marjariasana (मार्जरी आसन)
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