We all get bloated from time to time, and although it can be a nuisance, most of the time, it's pretty harmless. However, severe and frequent bloating can be a warning sign, so you want to make sure you know how to tell if your bloating is a sign of a bigger health issue. Usually bloating is just a minor digestive issue or an indicator that you had too much salty food, but sometimes, bloating can be a symptom of a much more serious disease.
Bloating generally happens as a result of issues like water retention or intestinal gas, but hormonal and dietary changes can cause bloating as well. "Bloating in these conditions is common, but nothing to worry about if they are related to dietary choices or hormonal alterations," Dr. Nancy Steely, ND, MBA, Arbonne Senior Director of R&D/Quality, Nutrition. "There are a few instances, however, in which frequent bloating can be a sign of a potentially more chronic or serious condition."
There's no need to panic every time you get bloated, but if you do experience bloating frequently and it's paired with other warning signs, you'll want to make sure you see a doctor. Here are seven ways to tell if your bloating is a sign of a bigger health issue, according to experts.