We have all been there. That pressure, gas, and fat feeling of bloat. So what causes it, how do we avoid it, and how do we fix it if it occurs? Those are the topics we will explore today.
There are several factors that can lead to the dreaded bloat. Hormonal fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone can lead to fluid retention that will appear as bloat. Along the same lines, too much sodium intake can also lead to fluid retention.
Swallowing air from eating to fast, smoking, or chewing gum can also fill your abdomen with unwanted air giving you that unsightly appearance.
Diet is a very common culprit. Eating too much fiber at once can cause bloating. Slow digesting carbs such as nuts and legumes are possible trouble makers. Eating fatty foods can delay the emptying of the stomach. Certain foods such as carbonated beverages, broccoli, cabbage, beans, cauliflower, lettuce, and whole grains can be a problem. Some people suffer from food intolerance. Typically these would include gluten and/or lactose.
There are several medical conditions that lead to bloat. People with digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation, and chronic acid reflux are at increased risk. Pancreatic Insufficiency causes impaired digestion because the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes. Bloating and abdominal pain is a symptom associated with certain cancers such as pancreatic, ovarian, colon, and Uterine cancers. Parasitic infections such as Giardiasis is also associated with bloating. Lack of good bacteria in the gut also is an issue.
There are some simple steps that can help you overcome nasty bloating issues. Taking a walk after you eat may help digestion. When eating, chew your food slowly to aid in digestion and prevent swallowing air. If you are having chronic issues with bloating keep a food journal to see if there are any foods that seem to always coincide with the gas or bloating. Take digestive enzymes before eating. DIGESTIVEaid can be found on my blog store and is a good option. There you will also find Multi-Flora ProBio probiotics which will help balance your stomach bacteria. Using a good digestive cleansing product such as Oxy-klenz will also help any toxin build up get moving through your digestive tract.
Warning, certain symptoms need checked by a doctor! If you are experiencing high fevers, vomiting, blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, or prolonged abdominal pain, do not ignore this. These may be indicators of more serious issues and it is in you best interest to rule them out with your doctor.