Do you ever get bloated?
I remember one time - it was a Sunday. We'd been invited to friends for lunch.
The night before had been a lot of fun (pre-children, obviously!) but I thought I should be kind to my liver that day.
I chose to drink apple juice or something like that.
Oh my word!
As the lunch progressed and the afternoon drew out, my tummy got bigger and bigger.
I got more and more uncomfortable. . And for awhile I kept on drinking the apple juice - what a mistake!
It was the worst feeling ever.
Has this ever happened to you?
How to get over bloating –
A good day can go from fantastic to miserable so quickly!
One moment you’re feeling amazing, the next moment you feel like a whale.
Your pants feel like they’ll pop!
It is so common that most people think it’s normal!
It’s not normal and I’m going to give you a few guidelines to help you get over the bloat.
Bloating is a symptom.
Your body is telling you that something is not right.
When you eat meat, if it is not digested properly –
- which remember starts in your mouth then goes on to your stomach and then into your intestines –
if it is not well digested by the time it reaches your large intestine, it is going to start fermenting.
That causes gas and as a result you bloat.
Sometimes carbohydrates don’t’ digest properly because certain enzymes are out of play.
That’s going to cause gas as a result of the food fermenting in the large intestine.
And gut bacteria is another reason for bloating.
Our body has millions upon billions of “good” and “bad” bacteria. When the “bad” bacteria are in the majority that leads to an imbalance. The result? Bloating and gas.
Your body may be sensitive to or intolerant to some foods.
These foods then could lead to bloating. It is the sugar in food that is likely to cause the bloating.
Think about it… if your body is not able to fully digest the food, then the bacteria that live in your digestive system are going to feed on that sugar. When they do that, it is usually the “bad” bacteria and then you bloat.
Here are some common foods – milk & dairy products, pasta, wheat and oat brans, artificial sweeteners, fruit juices, beans and lentils.
Constipation can also leave you with a tummy area that has a hard feeling and gas.
The biggest reasons for this situation are not eating enough fibre rich foods, not drinking enough water and not moving enough.
Being dehydrated can also cause you to bloat because your body starts to retain water.
As that happens you swell.
It’s a good idea to aim for 8 glasses of water per day.
It doesn’t seem to make sense to drink more water if your body is retaining it. But when your body is dehydrated it holds on to water to try and stop the situation happening again.
With dehydration comes the slowing down of digestion. When digestion slows down the food that you eat sits longer in your gut.
The result? Fermentation and gas.
The next time bloating happens to you, these questions will help you to find out what causes your bloating.
Here are 4 foods to beat bloating;
And avoid these 5 foods & drinks
The bottom line – avoid certain foods and drinks, drink 8 glasses water each day and move regularly throughout the day.
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