Bloating is the sensation where the abdomen feels full and tight, and may appear swollen sometimes causing pain and cramps. Abdominal bloating can be caused by a number of things such as lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation, with our diet being the main contributing factor. People often suffer in silence as they are not aware that their symptoms can be improved.
Symptoms Of Bloating
Key symptoms include:
- Distended abdomen
- Frequent burping
- Acid reflux
- Stomach cramps
- Clothes too tight after eating
Treatment of Bloating
The overall aim of diet therapy is to identify potential trigger foods, reduce symptoms of bloating and improve your quality of life. Bloating can be a very uncomfortable condition and sometimes embarrassing when it causes gas or belching but with the help from our dietitians you won’t have to endure bloating or the related symptoms for much longer. A food/symptom diary will help the dietitian to identify problematic foods or alternatively diagnose potential wheat intolerance or a case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
If during our assessment and diagnosis we suspect that there is an underlying case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, we will advise you of your options and make sure that you are provided with the best possible advice for formal diagnosis and expert management of this condition.
The dietitians at Spectrum Nutrition can help to identify the root cause of bloating, whether it is a symptom of wheat intolerance or IBS or a reaction to certain fibres or sugars in the diet. Spectrum Nutrition Dietitians use the latest research to formulate plans that are individual and effective and are competent in identifying foods that may be problematic. Functional Bloating can be diagnosed when you have a recurrent feeling of bloating or visible distension at least 3 days/month in the last 3 months and when there is insufficient evidence for a diagnosis of functional dyspepsia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or other functional GI disorders. Most of the time symptoms of bloating can be resolved through dietary modification.