Gastroenterologist Pomoinetskaya: constant bloating leads to vitamin deficiency

As gastroenterologist Olga Pomoinetskaya said, patients often go to the doctor with complaints of bloating.

If gas formation occurs with most foods, then this problem cannot be ignored.

— If flatulence in the intestines is constantly present, food cannot be fully absorbed. It is the presence of prolonged bloating that is a common cause of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, the doctor warned in her blog.

This happens like this: food is not completely broken down, and gases prevent contact of food with mucous membranes. The result is incomplete absorption of food.

What foods most often cause bloating:

  • legumes
  • garlic
  • apples/peaches/grapes
  • fructose-rich foods
  • flour products
  • carbonated drinks
  • soy products
  • nuts
  • all types of cabbage
  • wrong combination of foods

Causes of frequent gas formation:

  • Dysbacteriosis
  • SIBO/CIGR (bacterial overgrowth syndrome/fungal overgrowth syndrome)
  • Low acidity
  • Long-term use PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)
  • A lot of protein foods in the diet
  • Sugar and its artificial substitutes, fructose
  • Lack of enzymes that break down dietary fiber
  • Poor bile flow and bile quality

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Olga Pomoinetskaya Olga Pomoinetskaya Medicine gastroenterologist