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Bloating

Western Diagnosis

Bloating, belching and flatulence are but three of the symptoms of indigestion. Indigestion is the result of food not being properly digested, which causes it to ferment in the intestines. Hydrogen and carbon dioxide are produced by the fermentation, and are responsible for the discomfort of indigestion.

Indigestion is most frequently caused by the following:

  • Food allergies and intolerances (ex. lactose)
  • Eating foods which are high in complex carbohydrates making them difficult to digest. Examples of such foods are grains and legumes.
  • Swallowing air while you eat - either eating too fast or talking or chewing with the mouth open
  • Eating foods or drinking beverarges which are irritating to the digestive tract such as alcohol, caffeine, greasy, spicy or refined foods, or vinegar.

In addition to the factors noted above, indigestion can also be brought on by psychological factors such as anxiety, stress or worry which disturb the nervous mechanism that controls the contractions of the stomach and intestinal muscles.

 

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