FOOD INTOLERANCE AND BLOATING
Another common cause of stomach bloating can be food intolerance. In the UK it’s estimated that roughly 2 million people are living with a diagnosed food allergy, and 600,000 (1 in 100) are living with coeliac disease. The NHS identifies gluten and dairy products as one of the leading causes of stomach bloating among those with food allergies.
Food allergies occur when our bodies are unable to correctly process certain chemicals in our food which can lead to an unpleasant range of symptoms. However, when it comes to bloating, the most common problems can be your bowel not emptying correctly, the food creates too much gas, or the food itself causes gas to become trapped.
If you experience regular bloating, then it could be caused by a food allergy.
EXCESS WIND AND BLOATING
You do not necessarily need to have a food intolerance to experience excess gas - it could simply be down to the types of food you eat. Certain foods produce more gas than others when they are broken down by our stomachs and can result in flatulence (farting). Passing wind is a perfectly natural way of releasing this excess wind, despite the fact that many people find it embarrassing.