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doi:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2007.03549.x JFW | T@lk 19:47, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Causes/water intake[edit]

This article says that inadequate water intake affects digestion but I have read that drinking too much water before, during or after a meal disrupts the natural acid balance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:28, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

The article makes no mention of trapped wind caused by surgery. Having suffered from this after a paraumbilical hernia operation, I started to find that this kind of thing is extremely common after keyhole surgery and hysterectomies: apparently they inflate the surgical area and any absorbed/trapped gas can often lead to post-operative wind pain and even joint pain (especially in shoulders). Could somebody with medical knowledge add a properly-sourced paragraph? Mrstonky (talk) 05:20, 8 May 2011 (UTC)


The article makes mention of breathing problems associated with bloating. As one who occasionally suffers from breathing issues related to bloating, I think that this should be elaborated on more. There are many causes of bloating and many different kinds of breathing issues related to bloating.

For instance, bloating which is caused by excess gas may cause breathing distress by crowding the lungs. This would cause a sensation of not getting a 'full' breath, as if your lungs don't expand all the way. Abdominal muscle tension as well can be linked to gas and bloating and that may cause a sensation of diaphragm tightness which can make breathing uncomfortable. As alarming as these sensations are, they are not normally dangerous.

On the other hand, bloating that is caused by something like congestive heart failure can also cause breathing difficulties, and these can be genuine medical emergencies.

I am not a doctor, I'm merely a sufferer, so I'll reframe from posting. Hopefully a doctor sees this an elaborates on the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ECCarb (talkcontribs) 16:58, 9 June 2011 (UTC)


This article is ambiguous. It does not mention the important difference between soluble fibre (which can hold water and thus increase the bulk of the gut contents) and insoluble fibre (which may be a substrate for bacterial fermentation and the subsequent production of gas)Erikrat (talk) 10:51, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

This is probably why I felt major bloating after eating some melon. Except that according to the article on dietary fiber, soluble fiber is readily fermented in the colon into gases while insoluble fiber is metabolically inert and absorbs water and eases defecation as it moves through the digestive system. I've added this info into the article and rewritten the section a bit. - M0rphzone (talk) 22:46, 1 May 2012 (UTC)