Bloating & Digestive Issues

Those tummy troubles could be signs of real health concerns — find the cause and get fast treatment with Dr Zeki’s help.

You know what is the one thing that unites us all? The one thing that everybody, no matter their differences, has in common? Gas. Everybody makes it, everybody passes it. And yet, it still has a societal stigma attached to it, and we still get embarrassed when talking about our problems with bloating and other digestive issues. Seeing as bloating and excessive gas could actually be warning signs of other health concerns, it’s time to learn about these natural processes. 

What is bloating?

Bloating is that feeling when the stomach feels swollen or tight. It is most commonly caused by gas. When we eat food that is difficult to break down, it sometimes remains in our bowels and begins to ferment, causing gas to accumulate. Additional causes of bloating could be associated with food intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other health conditions. 

Symptoms of digestive issues

The gastrointestinal system is vastly complicated, and listening to its needs is extremely important for your overall health. The following symptoms can act as heralds of bigger digestive issues that require expert attention and could cause significant problems if left unattended:

  • Bloating and gassiness
  • Stomach pain or cramps
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea or vomiting

Dr Zeki’s work with bloating and other digestive issues

All of the above symptoms can be indicative of health problems. For instance, being gassy and bloated once in a while is normal, but if this is a frequent occurrence, it is best to consult an experienced gastroenterologist, like Dr Zeki.

Dr Sebastian Zeki is a consultant gastroenterologist in the NHS at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, one of the country’s leading tertiary referral centres. He specialises in upper gastrointestinal physiology and endoscopy — the very two areas of expertise required to diagnose and treat bloating and other digestive issues. 

Privately, Dr Zeki is easily accessible with consultations available within the prestigious HCA at the Shard Clinic, as well as diagnostic and treatment facilities like the Endoscopy Suite at London Bridge Hospital. 

The patient journey

Because bloating can either be the result of the types of food you consume or an indication of some bigger, underlying issue, the first step to relief and recovery is a simple conversation. Dr Zeki will conduct a thorough inquiry into your diet and eating habits in order to determine whether or not there are factors leading to you experiencing your symptoms. He might also recommend more investigative measures, such as an endoscopy, to arrive at the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your gastrointestinal health. 

Stop dismissing your tummy troubles

Bloating FAQs

What's the difference between indigestion and heartburn?

Indigestion is a broad term that refers to a variety of issues that cause the stomach to struggle with processing food. Heartburn, specifically, is the painful effect of acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid escapes up into the oesophagus. 

What types of food cause bloating?

Foods that are difficult to digest are likely to cause bloating and gas, such as dairy, carbs, high-fibre vegetables, and legumes. This doesn’t mean that those foods should be avoided altogether, but moderation is key in consumption.

What are probiotics, and do they really help with digestive health?

Probiotics are taken in pill form. They supply the stomach with living bacteria that are believed to regulate the workings of the stomach. There is not enough scientific proof of the effect of probiotics, so talking to your doctor is the first step in deciding whether or not they are right for you. 

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