Abdominal Inflammation: Causes and Treatment

Many people want to show off a flat stomach. Having abdominal inflammation isn't just aesthetically unpleasing. It could also be a sign that something is going wrong in your body.  More likely than not, your health has taken a downward turn, which is what causes your abdomen to swell.
Abdominal Inflammation: Causes and Treatment

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Abdominal inflammation can start out as just an annoying condition. But if it goes on, it can lead to more serious issues, like irritable bowel syndrome. That’s just one of the things could be causing your swollen belly, the list is long.  This is why experts say it’s vital for you to know how to spot symptoms and figure out what’s wrong.

Below, we’re going to talk about a few of the most common causes of abdominal inflammation. We’ll also tell you how to treat it, and how to prevent more major health risks.


Constipation is one of the main things that causes a swollen belly.  A low fiber, low liquid diet combined with a lack of physical exercise almost always leads to this block in your intestines. You can avoid it by eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and seeds.  You should also drink a lot of liquid, and do some sort of cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes a day.


There are all kinds out food allergies out there.  Some of them can cause this swelling in your abdomen.  Lactose, for example, is one of the most common causes of swelling, because it causes the body to accumulate gas.  That’s why, if you’re allergic to these foods, you should substitute them for low-fat or non-lactose yogurts, cheeses, and milk.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Lactose Intolerance

Speedy meals

speedy meals cause abdominal inflammation

Some bad habits, like chewing your food quickly can also cause abdominal inflammation.  This is because your body could experience indigestion if you consume too much air while eating too quickly.  That’s why we recommend that you eat slowly, which will allow you to enjoy your meal and satiate your hunger more effectively. This way, you’ll end up eating less.

There’s another potential cause of stomach swelling, often confused for another condition: pregnancy.  If this sounds like it might be your case, or if you’re not sure, we recommend you take a pregnancy test.  If it’s positive, you need to start doing normal pregnancy care to prevent any future problems with gestation or with the baby.

Fluid retention

Fluid retention is also a big cause of inflammation in the abdomen.  If this if your situation, see a doctor–it could be serious.

Processed foods


Processed foods are another major cause of abdominal inflammation. Many gastroenterologists confirm that some people have excess air in the stomach which is caused by eating too many artificially sweetened foods.  These types of foods are generally high in sodium and low in fiber, two substances that will quickly inflame your abdomen.  That’s why experts recommend that you try to buy foods that are either low in sodium or sodium-free.


Yet another common cause of abdominal inflammation are diseases.  This includes things like: cardiovascular disease and tumors, cirrhosis, appendicitis, gastric ulcers, diverticulitis, pancreatitis, premenstrual syndrome, and more.

Keep in mind that if you have one or more of these conditions, you need to pay particular attention to your health and see your doctor.  You’ll definitely need a checkup to rule other things out and get into healthier habits with your diet, exercise, and relaxation routines.


Lastly, you need to remember that abdominal inflammation is generally caused by poor diet or lifestyle habits.  We recommend you eat foods rich in fiber; your stomach will thank you.  Fruits and vegetables will also help your digestion, which will translate into a flatter stomach.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.