Many of us have experienced bloating, especially after over indulging in a big meal.
“In most cases, it’s not permanent and can usually be cleared up by making some changes to your diet and daily routine.
“However, stomach bloating can sometimes signify other underlying medical conditions, so it is important to seek medical advice for persistent bloating,” advises Dr. Maria Tang from International Medical Clinic (IMC).
What is that “bloating” feeling, exactly?
Bloating is when your stomach feels full, tight and uncomfortable. You may see your stomach protruding out, too. Bloating may be accompanied by frequent burping or belching, excessive wind (flatulence), abdominal rumbles and gurgles, discomfort and pain.
What causes it?
Gas trapped inside your digestive system is the most common cause of bloating. Causes of gar includes swallowing air (which occurs when you eat and drink too fast), eating diary products or gassy foods (like beans, broccoli, and cabbage), acid reflux and inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) or an infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. In this case, there may be other symptoms such as heartburn and abdominal pain.
How can I relieve bloating?
Try some simple lifestyle changes: Eat more slowly, try not to over-eat, avoid carbonated drinks and fatty foods, add probiotics to your diet or temporarily cut back on high-fibre foods that produce too much gas.
It is important that you consult your doctor if your bloating is accompanied by persistent and severe abdominal pain, blood in the stool or black tarry stool (either black or dark red in colour), unexplained weight loss, diarrhea and vomiting, worsening heartburn or chest discomfort, fatigue and loss of appetite or feeling full quickly. Seek medical help instead of ignoring these signs and symptoms as they could be an indication of an underlying cancer e.g. gastric or colon cancer.
Consult any of the doctors at International Medical Clinic for a thorough diagnosis:
International Medical Clinic (IMC)
86-88 East Coast Rd, Katong Square, #02-07, 423371
Tel: 6342 4440
Other IMC clinic locations include Orchard (Camden) and Jelita (Holland)
From The Finder (Issue 297) , March 2019
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