Feeling puffy? Bloating, burping and passing gas...
Many of us have already experienced the feeling of being bloated. Your tummy is stretched, you feel fat, puffy and uncomfortable. Bloating, gassiness, and abdominal discomfort aren’t restricted to the occasional holiday feast.
Carbon gas usually travels through the small intestine, but if it gets trapped, that produces discomfort. Bloating can be toxic; do you know whether your bloating is a nuisance or a sign of something more worrisome?
Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, so a few simple changes may help.
Overeating is probably the most common cause of bloating. Smaller portions should ease the pain.
- Eating rich and fatty food can make you feel uneasily stuffed. Fat takes longer to digest than protein or carbohydrates, so it keeps the stomach full longer. Avoid bloating by limiting fats in your everyday diet.
- Eating too fast adds to the risk of bloating after a meal. The remedy is simple ‑ eat more slowly, and chew more. Satiety signals can take up to 20 minutes to reach the brain and dampen appetite. Many weight loss experts believe that eating slowly helps prevent overeating.
- Drinking carbonated beverages or eating gassy foods.
- Swallowing air from talking while eating and the likes
- Food intolerance
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Consult your doctor if your symptoms don't get better with changes in eating habits or you notice. Bloating cause discomfort, and sometimes pain, and have a negative impact on the quality of life for some individuals.
Bloating is sometimes caused by serious medical conditions, it is most often caused by the diet and some foods or ingredients you are intolerant to.
However, in some people, bloating is caused mostly by increased sensitivity.
In some instances, some people swallow more air when they’re nervous. That may also cause bloating. It’s possible that practicing ways to lessen stress and anxiety, such as breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation, may help reduce excess gas and bloating.
If you feel like bloating is seriously distressing your life, you might want to have the causes investigated.
A great way to find out why you bloat is to take note of your vitamins, alcohol and water intake, salad dressings, and even the M&M you had as a snack earlier today. This record will be a priceless and promising diagnostic resource to your doctor or dietitian to help you identify the exact cause of your bloating woes.
How do we prevent this condition? Stay updated for my next article!