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Bloated stomach - The 5 F's of bloating

Bloating of the stomach (tummy or abdomen) is often due to wind or flatulence, but may arise as a result of other causes.

Join experts Eileen Durward and Ali Cullen in the beautiful A.Vogel garden as they talk all about digestion including their tips on how to improve your digestion and how bitter herbs can make a huge difference to helping your digestive problems.


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  • Sara's photo avatar
    Sara — 15.01.2018 04:31
    Hi I am constantly bloated everyday and with some constipation. I have spoken to doctors and specialist about this and nothing has helped just telling me to take lax a day which doesn’t help. It is pretty painful at times too with gas constantly. Is there anything you recommend over the counter?


  • Caroline Mason 's photo avatar
    Caroline Mason — 27.12.2017 22:51
    I have been bloated for about a week now with pains in my stomach I'm not pregnant or constipated I'll need to make a doc app but what could it be my period is 26 days late could it be that?


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      Ali — 03.01.2018 12:11
      Hi Caroline, Yes, it could be your period. 26 days late is quite a lot - are you coming up to the menopause? Best Wishes, Ali


  • Lauren's photo avatar
    Lauren — 20.12.2017 06:21
    Just before my period started i realised my belly had started to bloat out!, I thought you know,just natural because I’m coming on.!... came off my period 2 days ago and my belly is bloated even more now. I keep feelin’ twitches in my stomach, and my stomach keeps making noises (Asif I’m hungry) I took a pregnancy test about a week before my period and it was negative. Any advice guys...


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      Ali — 20.12.2017 11:33
      Hi Lauren, as this is a new symptom we couldn’t say for sure what might be going on, this may or may not be hormonal. I would recommend you keep hydrated and track you symptoms over the next couple of monthly cycles and let us know how things progress. However, if your symptoms persist or you are worried, we would recommend you pay a visit to your doctor.


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An apple a day cannot keep bloating at bay. This popular fruit can play havoc on sensitive tummies due to their fibre and fructose content!

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