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New study finds gas produced by prebiotics reduces with time

Posted 1 month ago by Joanna

There are various benefits associated with the consumption of prebiotics, however, a small minority of people do find that they could cause bloating or flatulence. With that being said, these symptoms usually disappear within a few days. This makes you wonder why gas is produced in the first place, and why it then disappears. Is the body adapting to the prebiotics?Dandelion leaves are thought to be made up of 25% ...

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Does alcohol give you a bloated stomach?

Posted 2 months ago by Clare

You don’t have to be a binge drinker to get a bloated stomach from drinking alcohol. There can be a few possible reasons why your favourite tipple is making you feel uncomfortable and bloated, as well as things you can do to help avoid this. Read below to find out. Irritation and inflammation There are some foods and drinks that will simply irritate your stomach and intestine lining, eventually leading to i...

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7 tips for being less bloated on holiday

Posted 4 months ago by Clare

Worried about feeling sluggish and bloated on holiday? Fear not. Here are some simple tips to follow, which will help reduce that bloat and keep you feeling energised and beach ready. 1. Get your greens in You can’t really overestimate the benefit of eating greens. They are a form of soluble fibre which is important for healthy bowels, keeping us regular as well as giving us vital nourishment. The...

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Must try home remedies for bloating

Posted 8 months ago by Clare

Do you sometimes just want a simple answer? Are you tired of life being complicated? When it comes to bloating would you just love a few simple remedies to get rid of that dreaded bulge? I am going to endeavour to give you some nice and easy, deflating tips that are simple to sort at home. These are tips that I have personally tried and found work for me, and for those I have suggested them to. As well as being a he...

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5 common mistakes that cause bloating

Posted 1 year ago by Clare

Bloating is one of the most common symptoms I see in my clinic. There are indeed all kinds of more detailed and complex causes for bloating such as hormones, gut flora dysbiosis, medications etc. However, I think sometimes it’s easy to overlook the simplest possible causes for this problem.   These causes are common and easy mistakes to make, ones that we all make. I would like to suggest that we ma...

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Hypnotherapy for bloating

Posted 1 year ago by Clare

Many people try countless different approaches hoping to alleviate their uncomfortable abdominal bloating, often to little, or no, avail. So, if elimination diets, OTC remedies and even nutritional supplements do not have the desired effect, are there any other options left for sufferers?  One often over-looked therapy is hypnotherapy, in which a trained therapist uses hypnosis to access a patient’s sub...

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Can bloating be serious?

Posted 1 year ago by Clare

In general bloating is likely to be caused by digestive upset, bacterial imbalance, food intolerances, hormonal cycles, or even simply eating too much. You name it! However, there are times when bloating, stomach distension or a feeling of fullness may be a sign that there is something more serious going on. Bloating can indeed be a sign of ovarian, colon or stomach cancer. In all of these cases the growth can cause ...

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20% discount on probiotics for bloating

Posted 1 year ago by Clare

Finding the cause of your bloating isn't always an easy task. There are a myriad of possible triggers for bloating, ranging from antibiotic use, food intolerances, imbalanced eating and drinking habits, and even stress. IBS is a term used to cover many symptoms which may be caused by one, or all of these things, with bloating being the most prevalent symptom. One of the most common underlying issues concerning those...

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Genetic factors of gut bacteria and bloating

Posted 1 year ago by Clare

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and its associated symptoms of bloating, constipation and diarrhoea can be a debilitating and lifestyle changing problem to deal with. Even more frustrating, is the fact that it is often really hard to know what the cause of your IBS is. Recently there has been a surge of interest in how the genetic make-up of our gut bacteria may have a causal effect on digestive conditions.   ...

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Does birth control cause bloating?

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

One of the most frustrating aspects of bloating is that it can seemingly happen for no reason. And sometimes we can think we are putting on weight when in fact we are merely bloated. Not only that, but the abdominal swelling may be water retention caused by hormonal imbalance due to birth control, such as the pill or coil. But how, when, and what can we do about it? This is a huge question and a complicated area. ...

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A reminder of the link between stress, anxiety and bloating

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

Have you spent weeks attending to your diet, cutting out wheat and dairy, hanging out at the health food store in an attempt to get rid of that little bloating bulge that grows in your midriff over the day? Have you starved yourself all day, eating only an avocado for lunch, because you need to stay flat for that little dress you want to wear that night? Have you then really worried about your holiday swimming pool l...

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Special offer on probiotics for bloating

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

Is your bloating driving you crazy? Are you starting to think about that beach you’ve been dreaming of, but worried about showing your tummy? Find that every time you eat an ice cream or have a croissant with your coffee you feel huge and self conscious afterwards? Many people live with bloating for years thinking this is a normal part of life, but it's not. You do not have to suffer bloating endlessly. It&rsqu...

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New beat the bloat products on the market

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

Bloating is a debilitating, frustrating and mood destroying condition. Most of us go through phases in our life where we bloat and are always looking for remedies for this. There are many different reasons why we could be bloating. And of course there are foods which are beneficial to eat and foods which should be avoided. This website lists many of these as well as other lifestyle changes which can help.   ...

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6 tips to flatten your stomach

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

Well, we have made it through winter. The daffs are out, the clocks have gone forward. We are heading slowly but surely towards the summer months. And with that comes the joys of summer clothes. All of a sudden the wish of a flat stomach becomes urgent. Whereas during winter the bloated feeling can be hidden under baggy jumpers, in summer ways to flatten our stomach becomes key. Here are 6 top tips for a flat tummy. ...

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Do probiotics help with gas?

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

Do probiotics help with gas? Well the short answer to that is yes. But perhaps we should first ascertain that there is a difference between abdomen extension due to excess gas and a feeling of being bloated. Gas is a very normal side effect of healthy digestion. The average person can expel about 3 pints of gas a day!! They however may not feel bloated! Surprised? So was I. However more gas than that and we can st...

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Is detoxing nonsense and can it help with bloating?

Posted 2 years ago by Clare

It’s that time of year again! Really? Already? Christmas is over, it’s the new year and we tend to go into panic mode about our health after having drunk too much, eaten ‘naughty’ foods and possibly been on cold and flu tablets. We often feel rather run down, sluggish and bloated. Is it therefore time for the detox?? A recent article in The Guardian has been deeply scathing of the ‘deto...

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Supporting your digestive health over Christmas

Posted 3 years ago by Clare

Well Christmas is here again! How did it get here so quick? We love Christmas for all the reasons it makes us feel worn out and exhausted afterwards. Its sociable, a time for sharing and giving, and the food and drink can be yummy. However, it can be emotionally draining for some and physically exhausting for most. We tend to enter the New Year feeling bloated, worn out and unhealthy. But it doesn’t have to be...

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Is bloating normal?

Posted 3 years ago by Clare

Well, that’s a very good question. It’s also a frequently asked question. The fact is the answer is ... it depends!Helpful? Not really you say.Let’s take some scenarios. You’ve just eaten an unusually heavy meal at a restaurant or Christmas dinner and you feel like a balloon – normal? Yes. You never used to feel bloated but now you are starting to feel rather full or windy after meals. N...

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Do we bloat more as we approach the menopause?

Posted 3 years ago by Clare

As we approach the menopause many of us start to experience changes in the way in which our body works.  Amongst other things many women feel that their waist line starts to expand.  This could be due to a little weight gain, for which there are several possible causes, but also simply due to an increase in bloating. The good news is this isn’t necessarily a given fact of getting older, there are reas...

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Can eating more slowly help to reduce bloating?

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

A recent report has explored how dietary adjustments at a Danish pig farm has had a significant improvement on the digestion of the pigs, reducing bloating they were experiencing. The Danish farm owner, Kim Heiselberg, noticed that his sows and piglets were experiencing some discomfort and as result made some changes to their diet in March 2009. He observed that the pigs were suffering digestive problems such as bloa...

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5 Best supplements for bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Are you struggling with symptoms of bloating and not sure what to try next? We have put together a helpful guide of 5 of our pick of the best remedies to help you choose the best one for you.  1) 'One week flat' If you are suffering and are looking to take a supplement to help relieve symptoms, our number one choice would be OptiBac Probiotics 'One week flat' (formerly known as 'For a flat stomach'). 'One week...

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Is it normal to bloat during ovulation?

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Women experience bloating at different times during their monthly cycle, but sometimes this is more noticeable around ovulation. Ovulation occurs during the middle of a woman's menstrual cycle, approximately 14 days after the start of a monthly period, when a follicle is released from the ovaries, ready for fertilisation by sperm. There are a harmony of hormones at play during a woman's cycle, including oestrogen an...

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6 foods to help ease bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

There are a number of foods you can try to incorporate into your diet in order to help improve digestive function and help to reduce bloating. The natural properties of these foods can be helpful in reducing water retention, boosting your levels of friendly bacteria (essential in digestive health and helping to prevent and alleviate conditions like abdominal distension), as well as helping to keep your bowels moving ...

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How to eat lentils without bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

We love lentils, however we appreciate they have gained something of a 'windy' reputation and are known to cause bloating and gas. Here I aim to explore the health benefits of including lentils in your diet, why they are often associated with flatulence and bloating, as well as ways to help improve the potential impact of eating them to make them more accessible to those with digestive issues.   Lent...

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Recent research blames FODMAPs for bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

The Daily Mail has reported on new research indicating that FODMAPs (scroll down for definition), rather than gluten containing foods, are to blame for bloating. Gluten is currently a nutrition buzzword, and many celebrities and natural health professionals advocate a gluten-free diet to help relieve all manner of different symptoms. Professor Gibson of Monash University in Melbourne was in fact one of...

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How to solve water retention naturally

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Water retention can be a significant contributing factor in bloating and is a surprisingly common condition. It tends to occur more often in women, and symptoms of water retention tend to increase with age. Here we aim to explore what water retention is, the possible causes and remedies. Water retention is caused by excess fluid in our cells and may cause bloating  What is water retention? Water retention, ...

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Bloating drug restricted due to dangerous side effects

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

A recent report has indicated that a popular drug used as a remedy for bloating is now being restricted due to its potential side effects. The drug, known as domperidone, is used by up to 2 million people in the UK as an anti-sickness medicine and is also commonly used to help relieve symptoms associated with bloating and an unpleasant sense of fullness in the abdomen. Domperidone medication (sold under various brand...

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Can live cultures help with bloating?

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

The term 'live cultures' is often used in relation to natural bacteria and probiotics. Here I aim to explore exactly what is meant by term, how it fits into the field of bacteria and probiotics, and whether live cultures and probiotics may be helpful with bloating. Are live cultures and probiotics the same?  Many people use the terms 'live cultures' and 'probiotics' interchangeably when strictly speaking ...

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6 Top trigger foods for bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

There are a number of different foods that may act as triggers for bloating. Here I aim to identify the top 6 trigger foods for bloating, and explore the reasons these foods may cause digestive discomfort.  [Update June 2014: I've recently added a post with 6 foods to help ease bloating which you can check out here.]  1. Wheat The way in which wheat is processed today has contributed to the ris...

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Alternatives to Activated Charcoal

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Activated (or medicinal) Charcoal is used in supplemental form as a remedy for bloating and flatulence, and is available over the counter from pharmacies and health food stores. It is a highly absorbent fine black powder, with the ability to absorb digestive gases and help to reduce bloating. It is available in powder, liquid or tablet form, of which the tablets are most commonly used to relieve digestive proble...

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Is bacteria good or bad for bloating?

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

All the talk of bacteria can get ever so confusing. We are constantly being told, from childhood, to wash our hands, keep ourselves and our homes clean, use disinfectant to kill germs...then on the other hand we are becoming increasingly aware that bacteria is also very good for us.   Here I hope to clear things up a bit, helping you to firstly understand the role bacteria plays in our lives, secondly assess th...

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What causes bloating and pain?

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Bloating and associated pain is unfortunately a common problem. There are a number of different causes, and here we aim to unravel some of the potential common triggers. It can be helpful in identifying the causes of your bloating if you are able to pinpoint the exact location of the pain in your abdomen.  Gas & Trapped Wind Bloating is often caused by a build-up of excess gas, which can create a sensation...

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5 Yoga poses to relieve bloating

Posted 3 years ago by Jo

Yoga is an ancient discipline believed to date back to as early as the 5th and 6th centuries. It combines physical, mental and spiritual practices using various asanas (body positions) and pranayamas (breathing techniques). There are many different forms of yoga, of which Hatha yoga is perhaps the most popular today. Yoga carries significant benefits for physical health as well as mental and emotional wellbeing for ...

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Why take a probiotic this Christmas?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo

Christmas is a wonderful time of year when people allow themselves to relax over their food choices, catch up with family and friends over mealtimes and enjoy traditional festive fayre.  Unfortunately the Christmas classics can pose problems for our digestive system, and we are often left feeling uncomfortable and bloated, only capable of collapsing on the sofa!   In order to help relieve your digestive di...

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Does Vitamin C cause bloating?

Posted 4 years ago by Guest Author

Taking a Vitamin C supplement is a popular choice at this time of year, and many people do so to help prevent, and to aid recovery from, colds. Here I aim to explore Vitamin C, its uses, the potential for bloating and what we can do to reduce it. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruit, may help to support the immune system...but can it cause bloating? Does Vitamin C cause bloating? Yes, some studies and anecdotal...

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Do women REALLY bloat more than men?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo

Yes, is the answer, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail, following an interview with US Gastorentologist Dr Robynne Chutkan; women do get more bloated than men. She goes on to explain that the reason is apparently due to the fact that women have a longer colon than men, combined with hormonal fluctuations affecting the abdominal walls.  Chutkan states that women have an extra length of colon in order...

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Does Skipping Meals Cause Bloating?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo

A recent report in The Times newspaper stated that a staggering 25% of Britons skip breakfast at least three times a week, with only 40% of the country's population eating breakfast daily. The poll, carried out by breakfast brand Moma, showed that 1 in 5 people became irritable through hunger as a result of skipping breakfast.  As nutritionist Miguel stated on Twitter, “Missing breakfast has effects on met...

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Bloating Relief: The Best Pills & Potions

Posted 4 years ago by Jo

Bloating is an increasingly common and frustrating problem for many, and it can be tricky to find an easy and effective solution. I have tracked down a selection of ‘Pills and Potions’ that have been chosen for their natural ability to help relieve the symptoms of bloating. I hope you find them helpful. OptiBac Probiotics I find OptiBac Probiotics One week flat a particularly effective solution to bloat...

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Does the Paleo Diet help with Bloating?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo

The Paleo Diet is currently experiencing a surge in popularity, and I aim to explain and explore what the Paleo Diet is, and most importantly whether adopting the Paleo approach may help reduce bloating. What is the Paleo Diet? Sometimes referred to as the Caveman Diet, the Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet is a modern take on the traditional hunter-gatherer diet. It focuses on a diet rich in protein from meat, fish and sea...

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Does bread cause bloating?

Posted 4 years ago by Lou

Try to imagine a police line-up of the foods most likely to be associated with causing bloating. Which ones would be there? Milk and sugar might be there, possibly pasta and fried foods. We would all agree though that the guiltiest looking food in that line-up would most likely be bread (and chances are that most people looking at that line-up would single it out as the offender too!). But does bread deserve all the ...

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Bloating during pregnancy: what can you do?

Posted 4 years ago by Lou

Having a child is often one of the most rewarding times in a woman’s life, although it can also be one of the most challenging. The hormonal and physical changes which occur throughout pregnancy can lead to a whole range of health concerns, and one of the most common symptoms experienced by mothers-to-be is bloating during pregnancy. If you are wondering about some natural options to combat bloating during preg...

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5 Quick Fixes for Bloating - All Natural

Posted 4 years ago by Lou

Sometimes you just need a quick fix for your bloating - after a meal and before a night out, for an important post-lunch meeting, or just generally when you're feeling uncomfortable and need some speedy relief.  I'd always recommend you take time to understand what is causing your bloating, rather than applying a quick solution. However, as I spoil you, here are some remedies which should work pretty fast, and n...

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What are Fermented Foods & How Can They Help Your Gut?

Posted 4 years ago by Guest Author

What are they? Fermented foods are foods which have been exposed to bacteria and/or yeasts (the microorganisms can be added, or naturally come from exposure to the air over time).  Before you turn around saying 'yuck!', consider that fermented foods are traditional in many cultures, including our own, where we have been eating and drinking pickles, fermented dairy products, and brewed substances like beer and w...

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Is there a difference between bloating and distension?

Posted 4 years ago by Lou

I see many clients in my clinic who experience digestive issues, and the terms ‘bloated’ and ‘distended’ are commonly used interchangeably when explaining their symptoms. But is there a difference between these two terms or are they actually the same thing? Read on to find out!  Are certain foods causing your bloating and distension? Find out about food intolerances here It depends on...

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Do you feel Bloated after Eating?

Posted 4 years ago by Sarah

It seems that a lot of bloating sufferers complain of feeling particularly bloated following a meal.  Here I'd like to set out natural remedies particularly targeted at these people who sit down to eat, and don't only feel full afterwards, but overly full, or swollen like a balloon.  Firstly, it is important to ask yourself why you are bloating.  Let's quickly explore three possible causes for the blo...

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Which Herbs Relieve Bloating?

Posted 4 years ago by Guest Author

Written by Herbalist & Naturopath, Megan Crowch.  Using herbs to help relieve, and even prevent bloating can be a really nice natural, cost-effective way of dealing with a digestive complaint without having to turn to medicines.  The earth has a huge amount of herbal remedies to offer, which are quite literally available at our fingertips! The first key question, however, is to ask what is causing the...

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Beat bloating with a food diary

Posted 4 years ago by Lou

One of the most difficult things about trying to manage bloating is working out what exactly is causing the symptoms! Often people have a vague understanding that some foods increase their bloating, but can’t pinpoint specifically what is causing the trouble. I find that keeping a food diary is incredibly useful, and every naturopathic client that I see who has any type of digestive complaint, goes home wi...

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3 Simple Ayurvedic Remedies for Bloating

Posted 4 years ago by Brendan

Ayurvedia is the system of traditional medicine from India. Using a variety of natural remedies, dietary and lifestyle therapies, yoga and meditation, Ayurvedic medicine focuses on maintaining health rather than simply treating diseases. Here are three simple home remedies, used by practitioners to help to manage bloating by stimulating the Agni (digestive fire) and clearing Ama (the build up of waste generated by po...

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Tips for Loving YOURSELF & Valentines Competition worth £95!

Posted 4 years ago by Sarah

Valentine's day will flutter its little Cupid wings our way in less than a week.  Whether you're all loved up at the moment or enjoying the single life, we're urging you to forget about everyone else this year, and just commit to loving yourself! Making a conscious decision to be happy and love yourself is one of the best things you can do for your health.  I really believe that tons of digestive health co...

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Food Intolerance Testing for Bloating

Posted 4 years ago by Brendan

Food intolerances are often involved when digestive complaints like bloating tend to be ongoing. Food specific IgG antibody testing is a fast and reliable way of discerning which foods may be contributing to food intolerance symptoms, so those affected are better able to avoid any foods that might contribute to ill health. Food Intolerance   Unlike a food allergy where certain foods ...

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Top Tips for Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Posted 4 years ago by Brendan

With January fast approaching, once again it’s the season for resolutions. If like most people your new year’s resolutions are often distant memories come February, here are 6 top tips for helping you turn a resolution to get healthy, eat well, avoid bloating or lose weight, into habits that will continue long past 2013.  1. One at a time  We can get a little carried away this time of year and...

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10 Ways to Avoid Christmas Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Christmas is here again and that usually means there is lots to do and lots to eat. So if you’re partial to festive overindulgences that can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish, here are ten tips for keeping your digestive system healthy over the silly season. 1. Stay hydrated  Fundamental at any time of year, staying well hydrated keeps the body’s cells bathed in a fresh supply of oxygen and nu...

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Babies with Colic

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Common digestive complaints like bloating, gas and constipation can affect anyone, from the very young to the very old. A bloated belly, abundant gas and abdominal cramps are rarely indicative of a serious problem but when babies are affected, it can be particularly distressing. So is bloating to blame for colic and what can help to calm the colicy baby?  Colic  With an underdeveloped and inexperienced di...

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Coeliac Disease and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

For many with ongoing digestive complaints, cutting back on gluten can often help to alleviate common digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and indigestion. For those with coeliac disease, avoiding gluten altogether is essential for maintaining their health.   Coeliac disease Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine. In genetically susceptible ind...

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Healing Leaky Gut

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

In our previous post - Leaky Gut and Bloating - we looked at how damage to the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) wall and increased permeability, can contribute to a wide range of complaints including bloating. Prolonged leaky gut also seems to be linked with the development of many environmental illnesses including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, asthma, arthritis, au...

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Leaky Gut and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Leaky gut is often mentioned when considering the underlying gastrointestinal issues that may contribute to digestive upsets such as abdominal bloating. So what is a leaky gut and what can you do about it? The gastrointestinal wall  The primary function of the gastrointestinal (GI) wall, is to selectively allow nutrients to pass into the bloodstream (absorption), while preventing unwanted material from flowing...

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Food Intolerance and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Many of those with problems like persistent bloating, suspect their digestive complaints may be adverse reactions to foods. While true food allergies aren’t particularly common, there's a fairly good chance bloating associated with ongoing indigestion, flatulence, cramps or changes in bowel habits, may be causally connected with the body reacting poorly when certain foods are eaten. Allergy or Intolerance...

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Peppermint and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Regarded as one of the world's oldest medicines, peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is an effective remedy for bloating, IBS and other digestive complaints. A common herb easily grown almost anywhere, peppermint is a cross between spearmint (Mentha spicata) and water mint (Mentha aquatica). Its distinctively sweet and refreshing flavor is often found in products like toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum. With a history o...

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Bloating and stools

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

In response to some of the feedback from our last post about the Food Hospital Fibre Challenge and using the Bristol Stool Form Scale to rate the consistency of stools, this post is a guide to what else bloating sufferers can learn about their digestive systems by taking notice of how their stools change from day to day. Digestive function  Gastrointestinal function is really just a process of ingestion, diges...

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The Food Hospital Fibre Challenge

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

In an earlier post - Does Fibre Cause Bloating, we discussed how and why dietary fiber can be a problem for bloating sufferers. This follow up post comes in response to the Fibre Challenge presented on Channel 4’s new series all about using food as medicine The Food Hospital. In the first of this eight part factual series and in association with Bowel Cancer UK, The Food Hospital launched their Fibre ...

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Bloating and Your Period

Posted 5 years ago by Lou

Feelings of distension and heaviness around the period are experienced by many women on a monthly basis. Often, this issue is simply accepted as a normal part of being female, but there are many things you can try which can really have a positive impact on menstrual bloating. We all lead busy lives and sometimes don’t prioritise eating right and taking care of ourselves, but making some of the small changes dis...

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The Importance of Gut Microbiota

Posted 5 years ago by Sarah

Nutritionists, microbiologists & probiotic companies have been banging on about the importance of bacteria for years.  But is this idea starting to really gain some ground within wider circles?  I certainly think so, and am excited by this sudden awakening of the mass media!  The human microbiome The Economist published a long article last weekend[1] about the human microbiome (the scientific ter...

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Bloating Tips from nutritionist Alison Cullen

Posted 5 years ago by Guest Author

Are you feeling unfairly enlarged? Your silhouette bulging more than it really should given the truly reasonable amount of food you’ve taken? Many people are in the frustrating position of starting the day with a flat stomach but then finding they bloat to spherical shapes during the course of the day, despite meals of moderate proportions. There are certain foods that are more likely to blow you up than other...

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Protein and bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

With the London Olympics well under way, a lot of us are finding ourselves extra motivated to get fit and healthy. You don’t see too many bloated bellies squeezed into swim trunks now do you? For those involved in sport or fitness protein is particularly important as it helps to aid recovery following strenuous exercise. When used to supplement a healthy diet and ensure adequate protein intake rather than repla...

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A.Vogel hosting live chat with Eileen Durward

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

Health expert Eileen Durward will be running a live chat on bloating tonight between 6pm and 10pm on the A.Vogel website : www.avogel.co.uk/health/bloating/  A.Vogel is part of the Bioforce group based in Scotland, and offer a fantastic range of herbal remedies that target a wide range of conditions, one of them being bloating. Started by the celebrated Swiss naturopath and herbalist, Alfred Vogel, the co...

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Stomach Acid & Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Guest Author

This is a guest post written by nutritional therapist Daniel O'Shaughnessy. Have you tried everything and still can’t work out why you are feeling bloated? You walk past your cupboard and it seems packed with supplements that aren’t doing anything for your bloat. Perhaps there may be something that you are missing…. Sufficient stomach acid production. Hydrochloric Acid, the medical name for stoma...

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Lactose intolerance and bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Lactose is the major sugar found naturally in milk and milk products – butter, cheese, cream, yoghurt, etc. To digest it we require the intestinal enzyme lactase to hydrolyse (split apart) lactose into glucose and galactose so these simple forms of sugar can be absorbed and utilised. For more on digestive enzymes and bloating click here. A form of carbohydrate malabsorption, those who produce no or too little l...

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Constipation and bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

These symptoms often go hand in hand. In this post I want to explore the type of bloating caused by constipation - as opposed to other causes described on this site such as menstruation, food intolerances, stress and so on.  By not emptying the bowel regularly, leftover waste from the digestive process is forced to build up in the colon (click here to read more on general digestive health). This build ...

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Gastritis and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Bloating can be a sign of inflammation of the lining of the stomach, known as gastritis. A number of factors can cause the moist inner lining of the stomach to become irritated, inflamed and even erode over time. This can be short-lived (acute gastritis) or ongoing, lasting months or even years (chronic gastritis). Not just irritating, prolonged gastritis can also interfere with the digestive process (causing is...

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Does Fibre cause Bloating?

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

It helps fight heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity but many find dietary fibre can also make you bloated. High fibre foods known to cause bloating, constipation and flatulence like beans, rice and bread are often avoided by bloating sufferers not willing to knowingly cause themselves discomfort. So if dietary fibre is so good for you why do some people find it such a problem? Dietary fibre Dietary fibre is ...

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Getting rid of bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Everybody knows how uncomfortable bloating and an upset stomach can make you feel. Not to mention abdominal swelling stopping you from squeezing into an outfit or trapped gas escaping at an ill-timed moment. So with countless supplements claiming they can help, just which natural products are worth trying? Here we take a look at some of the best options from a naturopathic point of view, keeping in mind how long you&...

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Acupuncture for IBS

Posted 5 years ago by Guest Author

Written by Dr Dapeng Zhang, from the Dapeng Clinic. What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a general heading for a range of symptoms felt mostly in the abdominal area.  It is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract and sufferers may typically experience episodes of pain or discomfort from distension, bloating and flatulence.  Additionally, there may be an alteration in bowel ...

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3 Remedies for Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

During World War 2 the German leader Adolf Hitler apparently suffered some extreme digestive problems, so much so that his personal physician, Dr Theo Morell, noted that ‘constipation and colossal flatulence occurred on a scale seldom encountered before.’ Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was experiencing episodes of deep depression which he referred to as his ‘black dog.&rsquo...

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Competition Closed - Top Contributor Prize

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

This competition is now closed! Well done to Pweng Bee for posting the most comments! I'm giving away another fantastic prize on Bloating Tips. As we start pushing out more and more information on bloating, and even a funny infographic, I thought it would be great to get more people involved. This time you'll get the chance to win a healthy hamper worth £50, stuffed to the brim with products from The Food Do...

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Ovarian Cancer & Persistent Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Why not to ignore persistent bloating Abdominal bloating is indeed characteristic of overindulgence, indigestion, gastritis or common digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. However, there may be a more sinister cause of bloating that warrants a visit to your doctor, particularly if you are a woman over fifty. This issue has been highlighted in the press recently, thanks to the UK organisation Target O...

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Bacteria in your body: Listen to it!

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

Hi there! How are you? Oh, dear. A bit bloated? Tight and painful stomach? I know. I can almost feel the pressure from where I am. And I think you’re also a bit gassy and windy too. Am I right? But don’t worry. I can help. I’ve been wanting to have this little chat with you for some time.  You, along with most people, simply don’t know what a good job I do and how important I am to your h...

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Sugar and Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

There has been a lot in the press lately about the dangers of consuming too much sugar. Therefore I wanted to look into the idea that sugar can cause digestive issues, in particular bloating. Bloating and wind, together with other gastric symptoms, can sometimes be caused by a high intake of sugar. For instance, if your digestive system is overloaded with it, or if you have problems processing simple sugars or glu...

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Floating Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

I once asked a nurse what was the most common problem she had to deal with among her patients, and she replied, “the swell”.  Swelling of what? Hands, feet, legs?  No, it was two different types of swell – the sea, and the stomach, because she was no ordinary nurse but one who worked in the ship’s hospital on a large luxury cruise liner.  She explained that her little surgery wa...

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"Bread Bloats!" - unfair rap for our floury friend?

Posted 5 years ago by Sarah

The British Nutrition Foundation has recently published a report stating that there is no clinical evidence to support the idea that bread causes bloating.  The paper examines the claims that a large number of people attribute abdominal bloating to the consumption of wheat, many of whom suggest it is modern bread-making processes (mainly the Chorleywood Bread Process, aka 'CBP') which are causing the bloating in...

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WIN a pack of OptiBac Probiotics!

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

~ This competition is now closed. To celebrate the launch of www.bloatingtips.co.uk the kind folks at OptiBac Probiotics have agreed to give away a pack of their For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength probiotic formula to the top contributor to our website this week! Thank you OptiBac, you're as friendly as your bacteria. For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength is a great probiotic supplement - probably one of the best on th...

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Is the Detox dangerous?

Posted 5 years ago by Adam

Going all out at Christmas time, feeling sluggish and bloated after the holidays, so following up in January with a detox.  Sound familiar?  Well a leading Professor at University College London has stated that detoxing is at best a waste of time & money, and at worst, could in fact be dangerous.   In an article[1] published in The Biologist in December, Professor David Bender argues that...

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Digestive enzymes to relieve gas and bloating

Posted 6 years ago by Adam

Medical journal editor Melanie Grimes argues that digestive enzymes can, and should, be used to combat gas and bloating. Digestive enzymes such as betaine hydrochloric acid could improve digestive health and relieve or prevent bloating, as food substances will be broken down more effectively and less gas will be produced in the process of digestion. Melanie argues that, as with probiotics, your body's levels of dige...

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Natural remedies for bloating

Posted 6 years ago by Adam

People are increasingly seeking out natural solutions for bloating and similar health conditions.  Throughout my 30 years working in the health and medicinal industry I have seen a gradual but evident consumer shift towards products which are deemed to be 'natural' as opposed to a concoction of compounds perceived to be 'chemical'.  There is certainly still a need for allopathic medicine, and we should not ...

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What is bloating?

Bloating is an uncomfortable and tight feeling of fullness in the stomach or abdomen, which may also be accompanied by abdominal and other pains.

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What causes bloating?

The main causes of such symptoms may be excess liquid in the intestine, or more likely excess gas produced by the digestive process.

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