It’s estimated that anywhere between 10 – 30% of the population suffer from bloating. And one thing is for sure: Nobody enjoys the “bloat”
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Do you suffer from regular bouts of uncomfortable, embarressing and sometimes even down right painful symptoms of the digestive condition know as bloating?
You are NOT alone.
Experts estimate that anywhere between 10 – 30% of the population suffer from bloating, at any one time.
And while they haven’t yet been able to pin-point the single cause of it. One thing is for sure:
Nobody enjoys the “bloat”
In today’s article we will look at how we can reduce our chances of going into “bloat mode”
- By gaining a better understanding of the causes of bloating
- By reducing our intake of foods that cause bloating
- And by favoring foods that don’t cause it.
Peter Jaret of WebMD sheds light on the reasons we suffer from bloating in his “Bloating 101: Why You Feel Bloated” article and we may avoid having to experience it. via WebMD..
Bloating, gassiness, and abdominal discomfort aren’t limited to the occasional holiday feast. One in 10 Americans say they suffer from bloating regularly, even when they haven’t eaten a large meal.
In some cases, bloating can become severe enough that it causes distention, or a perceptible swelling of the abdomen. Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, so a few simple changes may help.
Keep Bloating at Bay
Here are three common causes of bloating, and how you can avoid them.
- Overeating is probably the most common cause of bloating. Smaller portions should ease the pain.
- Eating rich and fatty food can make you feel uncomfortably 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. 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.
The second most common cause of temporary bloating is gas in the abdomen. About half of gas in the digestive system is swallowed air. The rest is produced by bacteria in the gut that help digest food.
If the gastrointestinal tract does not move it through efficiently, gas builds up in the intestines, causing bloating and discomfort.
If you frequently experience bloating caused by gas, avoid these habits that increase how much air you swallow.
- Drinking through a straw,
- Chewing gum,
- Guzzling carbonated beverages,
- Sucking on hard candy.
Some people swallow more air when they’re nervous. It’s possible that practicing ways to reduce stress and anxiety, such as breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation, may help reduce excess gas and bloating.
Difficult-to-digest foods can cause gassiness and bloating. These are some familiar culprits.
- Beans and lentils contain indigestible sugars called oligosaccharides. These sugars must be broken down by bacteria in the intestines.
- Fruits and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, prunes, apricots. These contain sugars and starches that may cause gassiness and bloating.
- Sweeteners can also cause gas and bloating. Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener, can’t be digested. Fructose, a natural sugar added to many processed foods, is difficult for many people to digest. To avoid bloating, be aware of these sweeteners in the foods you eat and limit the amount you consume.
- Dairy products can be a source of intestinal distress and bloating if you have trouble digesting lactose, or milk sugar.
- Whole grains, recommended for their many health benefits, can sometimes cause bloating and gas problems. One reason whole grains are so healthy is their high fiber content. But fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate. Abruptly increasing the amount of fiber you eat can cause gas, bloating, and constipation. Nutritionists recommend slowly increasing the fiber in your diet to allow your body time to adjust.
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Now that we have a pretty good understanding of what causes bloating. It’s time to get rid of it!
In the video below from Angelica Kathleen’s Youtube Channel called “Reduce Bloating | 8 Tips” Angelica walks you through her daily tips that help her to reduce her symptoms of bloating.
Awesome advice from Angelica on bloating and also her outlook on life.
Ok, so by now you should have a pretty good understanding of some of the behaviours that can cause bloating. And also the foods that can cause it.
Something else to remember is Angelica’s advises at the start of her video (in the first minute) “listen to your body, and be mindful of foods that you eat.”
Pay attention to your body and learn what foods cause you bloating and if you can’t get rid of them completely then at least try to cut them down.
You can also try eating without distractions like TV, cell phones and loud noises. If you can’t do it for every meal, try it for one day of the week and after a few weeks see if you notice any changes.
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