Bloating is an abnormal swelling of the abdominal area, which leads to sensations of fullness, tightness and sometimes pain. It is often caused by gas formation, a sign of improper food digestion or metabolism. Bloating in case of those with coeliac’s disease, it is highly likely that gluten is the cause of the symptom, along with possibly diarrhea and/or constipation.

Is Gluten Causing My Bloating?

Coeliac disease is a highly reactive intolerance to gluten. Practical knowledge would dictate that once your body is not accustomed to consuming something, it triggers an autoimmune response – same with anything. Bloating is more than often enough an outcome of consuming a food substance that your body retaliates too.  Caused by the small intestine’s lining being damaged by the body’s defences. When the microscopic fingers called villi atrophy are damaged, the intestine does not have the ability to digest food adequately. This leaves coeliac sufferers with a lot of unprocessed content in your gut that eventually forms gaseous byproducts, which irritates distal parts of your digestive system.

Adhering to a gluten free diet should help you minimize the chances of bloating as well as other symptoms like fatigue, urticaria and depression. On top of that, you could also count on the gluten free diet to facilitate weight loss as well as boost your metabolism. It is essential to highlight that bloating may not always be related to non gluten free diet plans. It’s very important to be careful about the diet changes you make in response to the experience.


Sometimes, bloating can be caused by dysbiosis – an imbalance of the bacterial colonies found within the intestines. These are largely known to contribute to metabolism by excreting enzymes or hormones and by breaking down food. So if they are not in the right proportions due to antibiotic, antacid or other chemical intake, it is highly likely that digestive processes will be disrupted and gaseous substances can accumulate in the stomach.

On top of this, fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone as a result of stress may also feed that bloating sensation in place of non gluten free food.  If you add that to lack of dietary fiber, inactivity and overconsumption of artificial food, there is a good chance you would suffer from the condition more regularly, even if you are not completely gluten sensitive. As a gluten free coach, I advise you to approach your doctors first before jumping on the gluten free band wagon. Be rest assured that there are no life-threatening effects that come from  embracing a gluten free diet plan once you feel like you’re heavy and sluggish.

Interested in starting your own gluten lifestyle transformation?  To get started, I recommend eradicating all the main gluten sources from your diet. Includes wheat, rye, barley, processed meat alternatives, artificial flavourings … foods like bread, pasta’s, beer, conventional cakes, sauces and processed meats. If you’d like to learn more please contact me below, I’d love to hear from you.


Have you given up Gluten? Or are you planning to? Find out more about giving up the Gluten:

> What is Gluten Free

6 Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet

> 10 Must have’s for a Gluten Free Pantry

How to get Started on a Gluten Free Diet


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