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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I'm curious if anyone else experiences extreme bloating after eating. I have been diligently following the gluten/wheat free diet since late Oct. and still have no relief from bloating. It's very uncomfortable and totally out of proportion to my size and weight. Any comments or suggestions? Appreciate it...thanks

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cinzia,

Yes, I have the same problem, and I went gluten-free last Halloween. I am beginning to suspect that food combining may play a large role in my ongoing discomfort. Not too long ago, I ate a meal where I actually didn't bloat: two turkey hot dogs and a salad for breakfast! (I was out of everything else!) I'm trying to convince myself to separate dense proteins from grains and starches (and eat fruit strictly by itself) for a while to see what happens, but I am unfortunately very nearly addicted to white rice at the moment and just can't seem to let it go, especially since I make a lot of stir-fried food. Maybe as I add more whole grains back into my diet, my craving for white rice will diminish, which should make it easier for me to separate grains from protein. I'll let you know what I discover, if you're interested, although it may take awhile to get to the testing phase!

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I was gluten free for 2 months, and still getting bloated like crazy. I could have been 6 months pregnant! Well, I FINALLy threw up my arms and gave up dairy too. I was really resistant to it, I didn't want to give up cheese. In just a few days, I have noticed a BIG difference in my bloating. Now, I just have a little air, instead of feeling like the good year blimb.

I have heard that dairy is a very common trouble area for many of us. I would try emliminating for a couple weeks, see if that helps you out at all.

Libby

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I also had the same problem with bloating after being gluten free for over 3 months. It caused me to give up on the diet. When I finally recommitted to the diet in January I stil had the same bloating issues. I blamed it on corn based products at first and then I discovered Pioneer's Digestive Enzymes which have worked wonders on my bloating. I have days where there is nothing at all and it amazes me. I've never had a completely non-bloated stomach!

It seems with all the damage our intestinal wall has sustained due to gluten, that these digetive enzymes "help" digest the extra stuff our intestines just can't manage i.e. fiber, sugar, carbs and even lactose. You'll absorb more nutrients that way too. I get my enzymes at Whole Foods but they are available online.

Good luck.

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    • Hi Stephanie, I'm also from the UK, I've found this site more helpful than anything we have!  As already mentioned above, in my experience it could depend on what and where you were drinking. Gluten free food and drink isn't always (not usually) 100% gluten free as you may know, maybe you have become more sensitive to even a trace of gluten that is probably in gluten free food/drink. Is it possible you have a problem with corn, particularly high fructose corn syrup that is in a lot of alcoholic drinks? This was a big problem for me and the only alcoholic drinks I can tolerate are William Chase vodka and gin. I contacted the company last year and all their drinks are 100% gluten and corn free, made the old fashioned way with no additives, so maybe try their products if you like the occasional drink and see how you get on. If you drink out, not many pubs sell their products but I know Wetherspoons do and smaller wine bars may too. l was never a spirit drinker but I must say their products are absolutely lovely! Very easy on a compromised gut too considering it's alcohol. I second the suggestion on seeing a natural health practitioner. I've recently started seeing a medical herbalist, as I've got nowhere with my now many food intolerances since going gluten free last year and I've noticed a difference in my health already. 
    • Sorry for the very late reply and thanks for the replies, I didn't get a notification of any. In case anyone else comes across this and has been wondering the same as I was, I did try a vegetable broth and I did react to it in the same way as if I'd eaten the vegetables.  As for the candida, I've been using coconut oil and am seeing a medical herbalist for this and leaky gut. It's only been a few weeks but I've noticed an improvement all round.
    • What did you drink and where did you drink it?   NOTE if you drink something at a bar using their glasses your asking for trouble BEER IS EVERYWHERE in most bars and a CC hell.   If it was at home and a non grain based liqour then I would be really concerned that it might just be alcohol. I personally can not really drink much of anything any more. I love rum, and I cook with it sometimes in sautes. I also have rum extract/butter rum extract/and rum emulsion I use in shakes, homemade keto pudding/ mixed into dishes. and even add some to drink to give it a rum flavor lol.
    • I can only think of two things, 1 something you put on your potato was contaminated like the butter container could have crumbs in it or something like that as mentioned before, and you could be having a reaction to dairy or what ever was put in it.......IF it was just plain potato and you reacted with bloating and cramping you might have a carb issues, tad rare and most associated with additional auto immune diseases but could be in which case a diet of fats and protein would be your answer much like it is for me now days. What all have you eaten in the privous 8 hours including beverages, condiments, spices and foods?
    • They are gluten-free.  Did you use butter that might have gluten crumbs on it?  For me , it takes more than 2 hours to feel the effect of gluten- maybe something you ate before?  Maybe  stomach virus?
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