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Abdominal bloating, inflation as the day progresses, follow a healthy diet. What should be done?

For many years now I have suffered from abdominal bloating , especially when hungry or after eating. I have followed a wheat and dairy free diet for 5 years, and sometimes feel that it helps and at other times, I m not so sure. When I get up in the morning my abdomen is flat and comfortable, but as the day goes on it becomes more and more bloated until I look as if I m about to give birth and it is very uncomfortable/painful. I follow a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and I don t drink coffee. Is there anything mre I can do?
Asked On : Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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Hi and welcome to healthcare magic

Bloating usually occurs as a result of components of our diet, gastroesophageal refux, constipation, in persons who are lactose intolerant. It can also occur in persons who habitually swallow air, in irritable bowel syndrome.
Rarely it can occur as a result of cancers occurring in the abdomen or pelvis.

The most common treatment modalities are: avoid the use of carbonated drinks, avoid chewing gum, eat slowly , decrease the use of certain vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips , beans, lentils and cease smoking if this is an issue.
In some persons other foods such as wheat and wheat bran, eggs,onions , peas, green peppers can also result in bloating.

You may want to consider looking at the list of fruits and vegetables that you consume to see if they are included in those that are highly gas producing then if any identified, changing to those that will not have this effect.
You can also consider the use of antiacids which may relieve some of your discomfort.

I hope this information is helpful and you find relief
Answered: Wed, 8 Aug 2012
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