What is the Cause of Bloating and Gas?

I just started this “healthy” elimination that Alopecia Angel recommended and now I’m plagued with bloating and gas. What? Oh no! I’m frustrated because I paid for a solution to my hair loss and suddenly I’m feeling gut pains that I normally don’t feel. 

The nice thing about the Hair N’ Heal program is that you do have some email support. I sent Johanna (Alopecia Angel) a message and let her know about my discomfort. She responded within 24 hours to let me know that I will receive a list of supplements to take along with the program that will alleviate the bloating. 

In the meantime, walking and Pilates exercises seem to be helping to reduce my bloating. I’ve been documenting everything that I eat to try to identify the cause, but it is difficult. 

Cause of Bloating

There are actually many causes of bloating and it is important to identify the one that is causing your bloating in order to eliminate it and gain some relief. Bloating results from gas trapped in your intestinal track. The following are things that can cause bloating:

  • Swallowing air 
  • Foods known to cause gas
  • Constipation
  • Overeating, eating too quickly
  • Reflux (GERD)
  • Weight gain
  • Menstruation (in some women)

While I examine these, I see two potential causes other than specific foods that may be the culprit. My menstrual cycle will start in a few days and I have been constipated for a couple of days. The cause of my bloating could be due to hormones and not a dietary change. 

Foods Known to Cause Gas

Since a dietary change is still a possibility, I can’t rule out the foods that I started eating on the Autoimmune Paleo diet that Alopecia Angel recommended. Eating more foods that have a high histamine content or that produce gas could also be the cause of my bloating. 

Below are some of the common foods that are known to cause gas: 

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Wheat
  • Soft drinks
  • Processed foods

These vegetables contain gas-producing elements such as raffinose or fructose. While they may have many health benefits, these sugars can create excess gas and produce pain for some people. Since I’m avoiding processed foods and wheat products, it is possible that I’m eating too many of these gas-producing foods. 

Because I have been able to handle these foods in the past without too much issue, it is also possible that it is a combination of the menstrual hormones and the gas-producing foods that is giving me pains. 

Tips on Controlling Gas

While I’m suffering from bloating, I’m going to make a plan to reduce the gas-producing foods in my diet and relieve the bloat. The following are some tips that I discovered on another website as well as some that I think may help my situation. 

  1. Reduce the amount of gas-producing foods. 
  2. Take a long walk. 
  3. Limit eating to only meals. 
  4. Increase consumption of foods that don’t produce gas – meat, lettuce, zucchini. 
  5. Avoid seltzer water and carbonated beverages. 

Hopefully, this plan will get me through the next few days while I wait for Alopecia Angel to evaluate my intake form and recommend supplements for me to take during this program. I also feel that the bloating could be due to a histamine intolerance as the foods also triggered some sneezing this morning. I’m going to look into low-histamine foods and consume them. 

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