June 28, 2018
In addition to making you feel horrible, bloating can add between four to five inches to your waist. I’m sure that is just what you wanted to hear before summer, and pool and beach time. However, there are things you can do. Let’s turn that summer bloating into summer floating.
What Is Bloating?
While it is often used interchangeably with the term “water retention,” it is not the same thing. It is also not seasonal, and can happen at any time. Bloating is the condition of your stomach or belly feeling swollen after eating. It is usually caused by an excess of gas, liquids or solids in your digestive system, or from disturbances there. You will feel increased pressure and discomfort, and can sometimes even feel pain. Plus, it can make your stomach look bigger. It’s not an ideal situation on any level.
According to a 2006 study called “Gastroenterology,” patients who suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) often rank bloating as the most bothersome symptom. Moreover, bloating is reported in up to 96% of IBS patients. When it comes to IBS, the bloating is more common in women.
Across the board, those who suffer say that the bloating worsens as the day goes on, particularly after meals. 65% complain that the bloating is moderate to severe, and 54% said it forced them to reduce some daily activities. 48% showed abdominal distention, especially when coupled with constipation, and this could reach up to 12 cm (4.72 inches).
Stop The Bloat; I Want To Get Off
In the general population, bloating is a common occurrence for both men and women, and can be caused by constipation, diet, or eating certain foods you may be sensitive to. Ironically, adding more soluble fiber can help with constipation, but a high fiber diet can also cause much gas, and that gas can cause bloating. Some of the culprits can be beans, legumes, or even some whole grains. Moderation or even elimination might be required. Moreover, while it seems to be such a standard answer, exercise can help, too.
Knowing your own body and finding a healthy balance is a major factor. The idea of eating smaller meals, slowing down and enjoying your food is another common sense solution. We tend to eat on the run, eat too much and then inhale our food instead of chewing it slowly and properly.
Another great thing to do is to track what you eat with a food diary. This is often used when people are trying to count calories and eat responsibly. There is no escaping those extra snacks and calories when you have to write it down. A food diary can also help you figure out what foods may be causing your bloating and extra gas.
Balance Your Belly Bloating With Probiotics
Another possible cause of bloating is the imbalance of bacteria in your intestines. This makes taking probiotics one of the best possible solutions. Probiotics may help relieve your GI issues and bloating, and are always a great go-to, especially with any kind of digestive issues. Plus, they offer many other potential health benefits. Probiotics can help optimize the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and dairy products, as well as with the growth of beneficial bacteria, L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, and L. Bulgaricus.
No one wants stomach issues, especially when they come with what may look like a bigger belly. Break the bloat with probiotics.
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