Bloating and distention can affect women of all shapes and sizes, ages and health dispositions, however distention may be more noticable in slimmer women simply because they normally have smaller waistlines.
I have personal experience of this as a few years ago I started getting terrible IBS symptoms including bloating that made me look 6 months pregnant!
Several GP and even A&E visits later and I turned to some Functional Medicine practitioners who I knew, who ran some lab tests to discover multiple infections.
And I’m intolerant to all nightshade foods which is a real pain. Tomatoes are in so many meals!
Anyway The Daily Mail asked for my expert advice on why some women bloat after eating.
There’s no one cause; there could be many and sometimes it will require lab tests as opposed to just experimenting at home.
Here are some quotes from the article (the full article is linked below):
“Nutritionist Polly Hale says a number of foods might cause a problem: ‘Everyone is different, but dairy, gluten and FODMAP foods (containing specific types of carbohydrate that some of us struggle to digest) are common culprits. Soy, sugar alcohols such as xylitol — found in products including chewing gum — or fizzy drinks may also cause problems.’
In some cases, it’s more an issue of gut health — bacterial yeast infections, for example, which can be determined through stool tests. An infection or food poisoning can also trigger the problem.
Polly adds: ‘But it’s more likely to happen if your body is in a lowered immune state or you’re going through a body change, such as pregnancy or the menopause.’
‘Not eating isn’t the answer: too few calories can lead to dizziness, poor concentration, fainting and muscle loss. Finding out the cause is a priority. Alongside a lab test to see if there are any infections, Charlotte should keep a detailed food-and-symptom diary.
‘Once the problem is cleared up, except for any genuine allergy or intolerance, you should be able to eat any foods without issue.’ “