Certain foods cause bloating after eating for everyone to some degree. Cruciferous vegetables and beans will cause gas to develop – that’s just what they do. However some people are better able to handle it than others. But then there are foods that do not cause bloating at all in some people but do in others. In many cases this is due to various food sensitivities. A food sensitivity is different from a food allergy, which can be far more dangerous but is also a lot more rare. The two do have a few similar symptoms such as bloating or diarrhea, but a food allergy happens very quickly and can cause hives and wheezing. Food sensitivities can take a couple hours or more before symptoms are present.
Common Food Sensitivities
Two of the most common foods people are sensitive to are dairy and wheat products. Dairy sensitivity, otherwise known as lactose intolerance, actually affects most adults. In nature, milk is only used by the young, but humans choose to ignore this even if it has negative health benefits. It also doesn’t help that we destroy the live enzymes by pasteurizing and homogenizing the raw product until it resembles something far from it’s original form.
Wheat sensitivities, also called gluten sensitivity (also called celiac disease…sheww!) is where gluten destroys cells in the small intestines. Not a good thing, even though normally millions of cells die and are replaced throughout the intestines every day. A huge problem with gluten sensitivity is that it lowers the ability for the small intestines to absorb nutrients, which of course leads to nutritional imbalance and deficiencies and bloating after eating.
It is unclear why people develop food sensitivities but it is suspected that eating the same exact food daily for years may increase the chance you can become sensitive to it as well as increase your chance of bloating after eating. This is why it is so important to eat a wide variety of foods.
In order to tell if you have food sensitivities you may need to stop eating certain foods for a short period of time and then slowly add them back one by one until you find the guilty food. This takes discipline and research. Most people are truly not aware what is really in the food they eat, especially those who eat a lot of commercial food products such as cereal and snack foods. You can find wheat, corn, and nuts in the most unassuming foods so it vital that you become a label reader on everything. Stop eating dairy, corn, nuts, wheat, and artificial sweeteners for a start. Do this for a couple weeks and see if your bloating symptoms or any other digestive problems go away or at least diminish. If not, go wider and remove other foods you have eaten all your life. Coffee, soy, ect… When you finally see results you can choose to start adding each food one at a time and wait for at least a week to see if your problems return. This is a game of patience and discipline, there’s no question about that, but very much worth the trouble if it means getting relief from bloating after eating and other stomach pains.