Why Do I Feel Bloated and Gassy After Eating?

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Feeling bloated and gassy after a large meal is common – we all experience it now and again. However, if you’re struggling with gas and bloating after most meals, it’s time to dig deeper into the cause of your symptoms. 

There are several possible causes of bloating and gas after eating, but the most common include:

Your Diet

Your diet may be the root cause of your gastrointestinal discomfort. Both processed foods and high-fiber foods can lead to gas and bloating if they’re eaten in excess. 

  • Processed foods

Processed foods tend to be high in salt. Salt leads to water retention, which may, in turn, cause bloating. 

  • High-fiber foods

Although high-fiber foods like cruciferous vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are excellent for your overall health, they can cause your belly to expand. When gut bacteria break down fiber, gas may be produced as a by-product. This is typically only an issue if you suddenly increase your fiber intake. 

Gastrointestinal Conditions

In some cases, gas and bloating after eating are signs of an underlying gastrointestinal condition. IBS and dysbiosis and two possible culprits. 

Dysbiosis occurs when the gut microbiome is out of balance. This may be caused by a poor diet, a lack of exercise, or antibiotic use. IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, refers to a collection of symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal tract. 


Stress can cause gas, bloating, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. This is because stress can alter the gut microbiome, increasing the risk of dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth. Additionally, stress can slow down or speed up your body’s digestive processes, which may cause gastrointestinal discomfort. 

Eating Too Quickly

Bloating and gas may simply be caused by eating too quickly. This is because when you eat quickly, you naturally swallow more air.

At Body Flow Wellness, we offer colon hydrotherapy and an assortment of supplements to help you overcome gas, bloating, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!