We have all been bloated before, and the feeling is not great, especially if you were planning on going to the beach in your two piece, probably not happening when you see how big your stomach has gotten (isn’t that the worst!).
And its even more frustrating when you have no idea what’s causing your stomach to look like your carrying a small child.
We’re here to tell you the top reasons why you’re bloated and what to do about it!
According to healthline.com, bloating is when your belly feels swollen after eating. It is usually caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can often cause pain, discomfort and a “stuffed” feeling. It can also make your stomach look bigger.
There are soooo many reasons why you’ve been experiencing bloating, so we’ll just go over the top 3 reasons why you’ve been bloated.
Top 3 reasons why you’re bloated
The most common cause of bloating is… you guessed it, gas! A build up of gas in the stomach and intestines is the number one reason why you’re uncomfortable and/or feeling “stuffed.
Can be caused by
- Gassy foods
- Illnesses such as Crohn’s disease
Indigestion is described as abdominal discomfort, described as a burning sensation, bloating or gassiness, nausea, or feeling full too quickly after starting to eat.
Can be caused by
- Eating too much
- Stomach infection
- Medications that irritate the stomach
Be careful with the kinds of foods you are eating as eating salty foods can cause fluid retention which leads to bloating.
By now, we should know that salt is almost in everything that we eat, and too much salt can lead to hypertension which can lead to a whole host of complications down the line.
Starting today, limit your salt intake and be mindful of the foods that you put into your body.
What to do about it
We have all experienced a “food baby” or 5 lol, eating too much will definitely cause bloating due to the excessive amount of food you are eating.
Remember that two piece we were talking about earlier? If your thinking about wearing anything that is going to show your stomach, you should especially limit your intake and save the binging for later when it doesn’t matter.
Avoid swallowing air and gases
According to healthline, there are two sources of gas in the digestive system.
One is gas produced by the bacteria in the gut. The other is air or gas that is swallowed when you eat or drink. The biggest offender here is carbonated beverages like soda or fizzy drinks.
They contain bubbles with carbon dioxide, a gas that can be released from the liquid after it reaches your stomach.
Chewing gum, drinking through a straw and eating while talking or while in a hurry can also lead to increased amounts of swallowed air.
Have regular bowel movements
Not having atleast one bowel movement daily, can cause constipation, bloating and feelings of satiety.
Ever notice that when you go to the bathroom, you instantly feel lighter? Or, you felt full before going and afterwards you feel hungry?
If you have difficulty going to the bathroom, eat foods that are high in fiber to help keep you “regular” such as: broccoli, dates, figs, berries etc.