Ah, that exciting feeling… you’re about to go and meet up for the third date! Your outfit is incredible, your hair looks amazing, your energy is shining, but then it hits… bloating. Granted, your date probably wouldn’t have even noticed, but it’s bothering you. Why? Well, along with your stomach sticking out way more than usual, you’ve got gas.
This isn’t the first time you have had bloating issues, but the cause always seems to be a mystery. Once again, you find yourself asking, “Why now?! What did I do?”
Abdominal bloating or “feeling bloated” is a very frequent and familiar symptom most people have experienced at one time or another. A majority of the causes are simple, harmless, and easily treatable with over-the-counter or home remedies. To get to the root cause of your upset stomach, keep reading!
SYMPTOMS OF BLOATING :
CAUSES OF BLOATING :
The single largest cause of abdominal bloating is diet. Even if you think you are eating super healthy! A lot of foods that contribute to bloating are incredibly healthy, whole foods, but because of a lack of certain gut bacteria, or food sensitivities you may have issues digesting them. You can find out if you have a sensitivity to a certain food with intolerance or sensitivity testing. Either creating a food sensitivity journal where you log the ingredients in your meals and the way you feel afterwards, or trying one of the paid testing services. There are many reputable brands that will send tests right to your home. The good news is that limiting your intake of these certain foods will often eliminate bloating immediately:
THE SPEED YOU EAT
When you eat too quickly, it's easy for excess air to be swallowed, which can cause your stomach to balloon. Try to remove yourself from common distractions (think phones, computers, TV) when it's time to eat. Not only will this help you become more aware and intentional with your eating, but when you take the time to chew your food properly, it helps improve your digestion.
It is commonly known that stress has major negative effects on your body and overall health, but did you know it's also closely tied to gut health? Stress signals slow down the blood flow to your digestive system which can in turn leave you backed up and bloated. It’s hard to avoid stress all together, but consider stress relieving practices to help manage symptoms, such as yoga, meditation, or getting enough sleep.
LATE NIGHT EATING
You may wake up with a sense of uncomfortable fullness or a visual increase in the size of your abdomen because of a late night dinner or snacking the previous day. This discomfort is due to the excess gas production from poor digestion (especially since your digestive system slows down at night). Try finishing your last meal around 6 P.M every evening to make sure your food is digested well before you head to bed.
Have you ever noticed puffiness in your body after a couple of glasses of wine or cocktails? Alcohol often leads to the irritation of your gastrointestinal tract, which then leads to bloating. This inflammation can be made worse if combining alcohol with sugar-filled drinks or carbonated liquid.
After a night of drinking you may even notice bloating in your face, which is often accompanied by redness. This happens because alcohol dehydrates your body. When the body is dehydrated, skin and vital organs try to hold onto as much water as possible, leading to puffiness in the face and elsewhere.
Consuming water before, during, and after drinking alcohol can prevent its inflammatory effects on the body. If you're feeling bloated while drinking alcohol, switch over to a refreshing glass of H20! You can also try taking a charcoal supplement before drinking.
OTHER COMMON CAUSES OF BLOATING INCLUDE:
REDUCE BLOATING WITH THESE 8 FOODS :
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