Are you suffering with bloating?

Why do I get bloating after eating?

Bloating is often caused by an excessive build-up of intestinal gas which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Bacteria in the digestive tract generates this gas from food which has not been properly digested or absorbed.

What causes bloating?

A build-up of gas in the stomach and intestines is primarily the most common cause of bloating. Bloating can be accompanied by either mild discomfort all the way to sharp bursts of intense pain. People who experience bloating report that they feel as though something is trapped inside their stomach. You may feel that your stomach appears puffy and stretched.

Bloating symptoms:

Typical bloating symptoms include:

How can I relieve bloating fast?

Whether you’ve been bloated daily, or you’ve found your stomach swollen before a big event or night out, there are ways you can relieve a swollen stomach. It’s reassuring to know that there are measures you can take to tackle bloating. However, feeling like you’re a balloon who is about to pop can be uncomfortable and even distressing.

Here are 5 ways you could relieve your bloating:

If you find yourself experiencing bloating on a regular basis, you should visit your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Thereafter, it might be a worthwhile opportunity to take a closer look at your diet if you continue to experience recurring or prolonged bloating.

What foods cause bloating?

It is reported that there are some foods which are known to produce more gas than others. Foods that can cause bloating are:

It is important to note that 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’.

Did you know that a food sensitivity test can help to eliminate the guesswork on finding what foods you are reacting to in your current diet? Our simple home test analyses your reactions to the foods outlined above, as well as 203 other food and drink ingredients, such as cow’s milk, gluten, cauliflower and apples.

What are FODMAPs foods?

The term FODMAP stands for “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols” Certain foods are classed as FODMAPs meaning that they are poorly absorbed by the body, which may result in IBS-type symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating.

High FODMAP foods, such as onion and garlic, are common foods which the gut finds difficult to digest. Discovering and, most importantly, understanding your own personal thresholds of a certain ingredient may ensure you make the best dietary choices in order to optimize your diet, take control of your bloating and quality of life.

As we’ve mentioned, bloating can be a sign of a food intolerance and therefore finding out your trigger foods could be a great way to manage your bloating.

What is food intolerance?

A food intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods. Food intolerance can sometimes be confused with food allergy, but the process behind both are in fact very different. Whilst it’s believed that 2% of people in the UK suffer from a food allergy, it’s estimated that 45% of the UK population suffer from a food intolerance – that’s nearly half the country!

Food allergy vs Food Sensitivity. These two biological processes are commonly misinterpreted. Get to know the difference, so you can put awareness into action

Can a food intolerance help with bloating?

The market for food intolerance tests is heavily saturated due to an increased demand for interest in health and well-being. That’s why it’s important for you, the reader, to make sure you make well-informed choices when it comes to purchasing a food sensitivity test.

Here at yorktest, we’ve been going for over 35 years and are the UK’s leading provider in food sensitivity testing. We also provide post-test support in the form of guidebooks and nutritional consultations with BANT* registered nutritional therapists to ensure you’re replacing your trigger foods with healthy and nutritious alternatives.

Our yorktest survey and bloating

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 bloating as a primary symptom, 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.

The Results of Our Largest Survey. 92% of participants reported an improvement in their bloating following a yorktest program

Making health happen

“I can honestly say I feel pretty amazing now. I have cut out my reaction foods and limit my borderline foods as much as I can. I don’t get anywhere near as much wind and bloating. I can eat out and I feel happier in my mood”
Amy Harding yorktest
Amy Harding
yorktest Customer
“Words cannot describe how good I feel – my life, skin and tummy are better than ever”
John Reed yorktest
John Reed
yorktest Customer
“I bloat much less, and I don’t experience the same stomach cramps, provided I steer clear of my trigger foods”

Kayleigh Henning
yorktest Customer

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†yorktest define Food Intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction
*BANT stands for the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine – a professional body for registered nutrition practitioners
**Further analysis of data published as Hardman G. and Hart G. (2007) Dietary advice based on food-specific IgG results. Nutrition & Food Science 37:16-23
yorktest defines Food Intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimization. yorktest do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a doctor before undertaking a yorktest program.