Stomach pain and bloating can be caused by a number of different things and treatment is best determined once the source of the problem is found. Almost everyone at one time or another experiences stomach pain and bloating and it is not necessarily caused by a serious medical problem. If the pain and bloating begins shortly after eating, most likely the cause is eating too much. Or, if the stomach pain and bloating begins after eating dairy products, it may be that you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, stomach pain and bloating are also symptoms of constipation, especially when you have had fewer than three bowel movements within a week.
Stomach Pain and Bloating and Food
For the most part, pains in the stomach and bloating are often food-related in one way or another and can be treated with quick results. Some of the foods that most often lead to bloating and stomach pain include beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, carbonated soft drinks, and fatty foods. While eating these types of food can lead to bloating and pain in the stomach, not every individual who eats them suffers with these problems.
In order to determine if the pain you are feeling stems from the foods you eat, you should keep a food diary. Doing so can help you determine if a particular food or eating habit is the culprit. You should start by eliminating all of the suspected food triggers for a few days; the usual number of days is four. Then, slowly reintroduce each food, one by one, back into your diet to determine when you have a reaction. Give yourself a little time in between each food you introduce.
Often you will be able to treat the symptoms of pains in the stomach by simply changing your diet and/or adding something as simple as probiotics or natural fiber supplements. Once you are able to determine if certain foods are causing you problems, you simply need to avoid these foods and/or take a digestive supplement that can help with your digestion and prevent the pain and bloating.
Stomach pain and bloating are often a call for probiotics to replace healthy bacteria, fibrous foods or a good fiber supplement or enzymes to help you break down the foods you eat. See our supplement page for helpful suggestions.
It is important to realize that while food is most often the culprit of pains in the stomach and bloating, re-occurring pain that results when you haven’t eaten may indicate a more serious condition. Conditions that cause inflammation, such as Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, and ulcers, can lead to stomach pain and bloating. If you are suffering with pains in the stomach and bloating, and you are unable to determine the problem, be sure to consult with a medical professional.
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