Bloating is often caused by an excessive build up of intestinal gas which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Bacteria in the digestive tract generate this gas from food which has not been properly digested or absorbed.
Typical bloating symptoms include:
Stomach feeling tight, painful or distended after eating
A feeling of uncomfortable ‘trapped wind’ in the stomach
If you find yourself experiencing bloating on a regular basis you should visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
If you are continuing to experience recurring or prolonged bloating, it may be a good opportunity to take a closer look at your diet.
As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.
For those with bloating, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life. Identifying and eliminating these specific foods from your diet can be an important step forward to improving your digestive function.
The University of York conducted a survey* to help understand the benefits of elimination diets based on the results of a food intolerance test.
Out of 576 people who reported experiencing bloating, 92% reported an improvement having removed their ‘trigger’ foods. We define these as foods which show a positive IgG reaction to antibodies in the blood.
Overall in the study, 76% of people who rigorously followed the recommended diet reported a benefit, 68% of which experienced this after 3 weeks.
Main Condition Reported
% of people who reported a benefit
Low Energy e.g. Fatigue, Lethargy
Gastrointestinal e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
Respiratory e.g. Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis
Neurological e.g. Migraine, Headaches, ME
Dermatological e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
Musculoskeletal e.g. Arthritis, Joint Aches & Pains
Psychological e.g. Depression, Anxiety
Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure the aforementioned symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
*Survey carried out with a total of 5286 people who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) blood test.