What are common causes for bloating?
Bloating can have various causes and it's important to identify the underlying factors that may be contributing to your bloating. Here are some common causes of bloating:
Overeating: Consuming large meals or eating too quickly can cause bloating as the stomach stretches to accommodate the excess food.
Gas and Digestive Issues: Bloating can be caused by the accumulation of gas in the digestive system. This can be a result of swallowing air, certain gas-producing foods (such as beans, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, onions, and carbonated beverages), or digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Constipation: When stool builds up in the colon, it can cause bloating and discomfort. Sluggish bowel movements and inadequate fiber intake are common causes of constipation.
Food Intolerances: Some individuals may experience bloating due to specific food intolerances, such as lactose or gluten intolerance. When these foods are consumed, they can trigger digestive symptoms including bloating.
Swallowing Air: Eating or drinking rapidly, chewing gum, drinking through a straw, or talking while eating can cause you to swallow air, leading to bloating.
Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can cause water retention and bloating in some women.
Medications: Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, and some antidepressants, may cause bloating as a side effect.
Underlying Medical Conditions: Bloating can also be a symptom of underlying medical conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, ovarian cysts, or even certain types of cancer.
Identifying the specific cause of your bloating can help guide appropriate treatment and management strategies. Super 23 may help alleviate issues related to bloating. We recommend 2 tablets per day.