Your Bloating Could be the Result of a Food Sensitivity

Bloating is an uncomfortable and often painful symptom that can cause embarrassment and distress. There are many reasons why it might occur, such as eating too much or too quickly, but have you stopped to consider that your bloating could be the result of eating food to which you may be overly sensitive?

Around 10–30% of the American population suffer from abdominal bloating and the distressing symptoms it causes, like flatulence. Michelle Starke, MD has extensive experience helping people in Coral Gables, FL, discover the foods they are sensitive to and finding ways to change their diet and live a bloat free life again.

Bloating is caused by your gastrointestinal tract becoming full of air

Air, or gas, in the GI tract gets trapped, resulting in your abdomen becoming uncomfortably tight, swollen and feeling full. While this can often cause stomach cramps and pain, it’s also accompanied by more embarrassing symptoms like burping, belching, flatulence, and gurgling sounds.

You may be putting up with your stomach bloat and trying to get on with your life the best you can, but often those over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to solve the problem. You may be taking more sick days than you can afford as a result.

Bloating can be the result of serious medical conditions, like Irritable Bowel Disease, Crohn's, or Celiac disease. So, if you experience bloating frequently you should visit Dr. Starke for an evaluation to diagnose the cause. In many cases, food sensitivity and intolerance is to blame and can be resolved with a few changes to your diet.

Food sensitivity is a key cause of recurring bloating to your abdomen

If the bloating comes and goes but particularly likes to make an appearance shortly after you’ve eaten, chances are high that it’s caused by a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities aren’t to be confused with allergies, which trigger a histamine response from your body’s immune system causing itching, hives, or even anaphylaxis.

An intolerance or sensitivity to food is caused by your digestive system being unable to break down the food properly. This might be because:

As your digestive system struggles to break down the food correctly, excess air and gas are caused, which fills the GI tract and leads to bloating along with diarrhea, constipation, painful cramping, and nausea.

However, chronic sensitivity to a certain food can trigger widespread inflammation in your body and cause secondary conditions to occur, such as:

Dr. Starke is a board-certified functional medicine specialist who can diagnose your food sensitivity

During your evaluation with Dr. Starke, you’ll be asked about your symptoms, the food you eat and any patterns that you may have noticed between your diet and the bloating. Dr. Starke will withdraw a small sample of blood to be tested in a lab using a specialized process to identify any food sensitivities.

Armed with this information, Dr. Starke will then put together a treatment plan involving changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you combat the bloat and restore your body’s ability to function at it’s best again.

If you’re concerned about abdominal bloating and feel that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to food, get in touch with us today to book your appointment with Dr. Starke by filling out our simple online form.  

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