We’ve all been there, struggling to zip that zipper or button that button with that full, uncomfortable feeling that a bloated belly can get. Unfortunately, with what most of us eat on a regular basis and our behaviors, belly bloat is a common, yet annoying and uncomfortable condition. What causes it and how can you get rid of it?
A number of factors can contribute to it, most of which are avoidable:
Salt and fat. Consuming too much sodium can lead to water retention, while too much fat can delay the stomach from emptying. The result: You’ll feel uncomfortably full … and bloated.
Carbonated drinks. Those fizzy drinks, including carbonated water and sodas, cause gas to become trapped in your stomach, leading to belching and bloating.
Eating too fast. A good rule of thumb is to spend 30 minutes per meal. Rushing your meals makes you take in more air. If you’re inhaling your breakfast in the car in five minutes, your waistband may be tight later.
You’re not drinking enough water. Water is probably the last thing you want when you’re already feeling uncomfortably full. But it’s exactly what you need to keep things moving in there. If you don’t drink enough, your body hangs on to what it has, leading to water retention and bloating.
Lactose intolerance. Dairy products can cause stomach issues in those who have trouble digesting lactose, or milk sugar.
Chronic stress. Anxiety can cause hyperventilation, which causes increased air intake. Over the long term, stress also negatively impacts your hormone balance as well as your digestion. The brain is an amazing organ – in times of stress, the “fight-or-flight” response kicks into high gear, and the brain “re-prioritizes” functions. Digestion moves to the back of the line, and as it slows down, bloating occurs.
So what can you do to put a stop to this irritating condition? Here are a few tips:
Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of three large ones. Your digestive tract will thank you.
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Visit the doctor. If bloating seems to occur after you consume milk or carbohydrates, you might consider a trip to the doctor to ensure that lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance/celiac disease isn’t the root of your problems.
Exercise daily. Whether it’s a quick stroll or a full-on exercise class, regular activity keeps you, well, regular.
Belly bloat can make your days very uncomfortable, but they don’t have to be! Use these tips to reduce bloating and you may start to see and feel the difference.