What Causes Stomach Bloating?

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So there are lots of different things that can cause bloating, and I think it's helpful to divide them up into categories, a really big category the food and drink that we consume. So some of the foods that are gas producing, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, what we calling the Christopher's Vegetables and we all know these can produce lots of gas.

There are things that we drink also, milk is a common example. More than half the world is lactose intolerant, meaning they're missing the enzyme that helps them to break down and digest milk, so this can be a really big problem too. There are hormonal reasons why we bloat particularly in women, fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone around the time of our period, or around menopause can lead to major bloating.

Undiagnosed thyroid conditions, another major cause of bloating. The statistics show that one in four American women will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their life, major cause of bloating. There are anatomical reasons why women bloat so much more than men, women have curvier colons, on average, our colons are five inches longer than our male counterparts, and this extra length leads to a lot of extra twist and turns in the female colon.

If you think of the male colon as a gentle horse shoe, the female colon looks like a six flags roller coaster. That's a lot of extra twists and turns that gas and the products of digestion have to travel through to make it out the other end. Fortunately, many of the causes of bloating are a nuisance but benign, but there are some really serious causes of bloating that you should be aware of.

Ovarian cancer is one of them, it's often referred to as the silent killer, but the truth is, you just have to know what to listen for. Studies have shown that the majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer actually have persistent bloating over a period of time as well as other symptoms of abdominal pain, sometimes weight loss.

With uterine cancer, bloating can be a prominent symptom also and often there are other alarm symptoms like bleeding. Colon cancer can also present as bloating and constipation. So, if you have bloating in association with other worrisome symptoms such as serious abdominal pain, weight loss or bleeding, you should definitely seek medical advice right away.