Swelling can be caused by overproduction of gas and tends to be associated with filling the face. But what about when you eat sensibly and the feeling is still there?
Does your belly look rounder and firmer after eating? Known as swelling, it can be unpleasant and uncomfortable to experience.
Is the swelling noticeably more regular today? It involves having excessive amounts of solids, liquids or gas in your digestive system.
But how does it happen? Especially if you are aware of how much you eat and how fast you eat?
These sugars can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
However, for those with lactose intolerance, lactose remains in the digestive (undigested) system, where it is fermented by bacteria.
This leads to overproduction of gas.
Lactose is found in milk and dairy products, and symptoms of an intolerance usually develop within hours of consuming these products.
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Symptoms of lactose intolerance include:
- A bloated stomach
- Stomach cramps and pains
- Bang in the stomach
- Feeling sick
The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of lactose consumed.
Another common food intolerance that leads to bloating is fructose.
Fructose is a sugar that occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables and honey.
Symptoms of fructose intolerance include bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Normally, fructose malabsorption means that sugar cannot be absorbed properly and, as a result, ends up in the large intestine, causing gas and painful digestion.
Another food intolerance to be aware of is wheat and gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelled, barley and other grains.
In addition, some people may have an intolerance to the egg, which can lead to bloating or diarrhea.
A food elimination diet is advisable to get to the root of any bloating problem.
It is when certain foods are removed from the diet for up to six weeks.
Then, gradually, a certain food is reintroduced to see if it causes any symptoms.
Fortunately, if any food intolerance is identified, there are now many options in supermarkets for lactose-free products and gluten-free foods.