If you’re bloated regularly, there may be some sneaky reasons for this. Some behaviors you are taking part in may be causing that uncomfortable bloating feeling and making your stomach pop out. Well luckily there are some great ways to naturally decrease bloat. Check out whether or not you are participating in the following behaviors and then ways to decrease your bloat.
1. You’re Stressed
Some of our bodies process stress by pushing blood away from the natural digestive process. This could leave you with bloating, constipation, stomach aches and diarrhea. Not fun! Anxious behaviors that we pick up when we’re stressed can also be to blame for our bloating. These behaviors can include drinking carbonated beverages, chewing gum, or gulping up air. These habits push excess air to our stomachs, which the body is unable to digest. This is why we need to work on de-stressing. Take a yoga class, journal, talk to a trusted friend, or meditate.
2. You Ate Too Much
Many of us can be guilty of eating way too much in one sitting. Believe me, I understand. Sometimes food just tastes so delicious that you can’t get enough. But your uncomfortable belly bulge can be due to gas bubbles being trapped in your belly because you ate too much at once. Overeating is one of the more common causes of bloating. So consider eating more slowly, since it takes the brain 20 minutes to register that it’s full.
3. You’re Eating Too Quickly
When you chow down on your food like you’re in a national eating competition, you could be creating gas bubbles in your intestines, making you uncomfortable. Not chewing your food enough can make it difficult for your body to digest carbohydrates, says nutritionist Monica Reinagel, M.S., LDN, CNS. So make sure to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing it.
4. You’re Dehydrated
When we’re dehydrated, our bodies begin to retain fluid, causing our bellies to bulge. The same thing happens when our systems go into starvation mode during crash diets; your body begins to retain fluid. So the next time you feel like your body is retaining fluid, take it as a sign that you need to drink more water. Stay away from carbonated beverages, which can make the bloating even worse.
5. You’re Eating Gassy Foods
Many foods can cause gassiness, making our tummies bulge out. These foods can include broccoli, kale, apples and avocados. Consuming too much salt can also make us bloat since salt retains water. Taking in lots of fiber, especially from supplements, without drinking water can make you gassy and bloated as well. Bloating can also be the result of allergic reactions to food. For example, if you’re lactose intolerant and drink milk, your tummy could pay for it.
6. You Have A Medical Condition
If you have a chronic condition such as celiac disease, ovarian cancer, or dumping syndrome, these can all cause bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome is also a very common condition known to create bloat. IBS can affect the large intestine and make food pass through our intestines faster than it should, often causing diarrhea and gas. If you just can’t seem to reduce your bloat, visit your physician to get some relief.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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