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Stomach bloating and gas problems?

Bloating and gas

Bloating is a term commonly used to describe a distended abdomen. It is caused by the build-up of gas in the intestines. This gas can be dispelled via the mouth, by burping or via the anus as flatulence or farting!

The occasional episode of bloating is completely normal and it is usual to expel gas 10-15 times per day amounting to about half a litre of gas. However gas can become problematic and even painful and quickly becomes an issue as trapped gas can cause sharp pains in the abdomen, under the diaphragm or even under your collarbone.
Bloating and gas is aggravated by:

  • Not chewing properly
  • Eating too quickly and on the run
  • Eating too much, or too rich foods
  • Talking or being distracted whilst eating
  • Low levels of stomach acid and/or digestive enzymes
  • Refined carbohydrates – cause gas as they are digested via a process of fermentation
  • Notorious ‘farty’ foods – beans, Brussels sprouts, are main culprits!
  • Incomplete digestion
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Imbalanced gut flora

In addition, bloating can be associated with other conditions which include the following:

  • Candida or yeast overgrowth
  • IBS
  • Food intolerances
  • Parasitic infections such as D Fragilis or B Hominis
  • Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine
  • Imbalanced gut flora
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis)

At Healthy Aspirations my approach is to use a digestive questionnaire in order to identify your likely cause for bloating/gas. Often bloating responds well to dietary changes and maybe completely resolved with a few adaptations to your usual meal choices. Sometimes though bloating may be for other reasons and in such cases it may be useful to perform a Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) or Hydrogen Breath Test to identify whether a bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine is causing your symptoms.

60 minute telephone consultations start from as little as £95.00 so please give us a call or e-mail us today to find out more.


Marsden, K. Good gut healing. Piatkus, 2003.

Pizzorno, JE Jr, Murray, MT, Joiner-Bey, H. The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine. Churchill Livingstone, 2002.