It’s fairly common to hear someone say they’re feeling “bloated”. You might even have said it yourself. But what does feeling bloated actually mean?
In general terms, bloating refers to your stomach feeling overly full. You feel as if you have a distended belly, along with uncomfortable symptoms such as burping, gas, swelling and flatulence. You could also have constipation or diarrhoea.
Medically speaking, bloating is a result of an increase in the volume of gas. Dr Chris Kong San Choon, head and senior consultant of gastroenterology and hepatology service at Sengkang General Hospital explains: “Each individual has 100-200cc of gas in the intestinal tract. The volume of gas could be increased by swallowing air (aerophagia), drinking carbonated beverages, or neutralisation of acid or alkali in the gastrointestinal tract.”
In short, there are many reasons you could feel gassy or bloated. Some of them might even surprise you.