Feeling bloated after a meal is not uncommon. If you experience stomach bloating regularly after eating, there could be a number of causes. Generally stomach bloating is connected to the type of food you are eating or problems with your digestive system which may prevent the food from breaking down quickly or adequately enough.
Some people may never experience stomach bloating at all, while others are more sensitive to the food they eat and may experience bloating on a regular basis. One of the most common causes of stomach bloating after eating is intolerance to certain types of food. According to The Food Intolerant Consumer, food substances such as gluten, yeast, fructose and milk are common causes of stomach bloating due to intolerance.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
According to Just IBS, irritable bowel syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting around 15 percent of adults. The cause of this disorder is currently unknown. IBS can be chronic or recurring and as well as stomach bloating, symptoms include diarrhea alternating with constipation, stomach cramps and gassiness. You can relieve the symptoms of IBS by adding fiber to your diet, avoiding trigger foods and exercising regularly.
Lack of Digestive Enzymes
Stomach bloating after eating may occur if your digestive system is lacking in necessary enzymes which help food break down. Because of the lack of enzymes in processed food it is estimated that most American adults do not have a healthy balance of digestive enzymes. Though fruit and vegetables are rich in digestive enzymes, cooking kills them. You can rebalance your digestive enzymes and reduce stomach bloating by taking nutritional enzyme supplements and eating more raw foods, according to Puristat.
Overeating is a common cause of stomach bloating and flatulence. When you overeat your digestive system cannot break down the food efficiently and this causes the stomach to become distended and feel bloated. To avoid this, you should eat small meals, regularly throughout the day. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.