Bloating

occurs when too much gas accumulates within the stomach and intestines. Bloating can lead to not only discomfort but intense pain. Typically once the gas is released (via burping or flatulence); your body will feel good as new.

Keep in mind, there is a big difference between ‘feeling bloated’ and ‘looking bloated’. When you can physically see the bloating, this could be something more serious and it is extremely important to talk to your doctor.

Causes

Bloating can be caused by a variety of things; allergies, poor diet or certain foods that don’t sit well with the body. It’s very important to watch what you eat and how much you eat; as certain foods promote more gas production within the body than others because they are harder to digest. (Ex: bananas, and certain vegetables)

How Digestion Works

Whenever food enters the stomach, enzymes and bacteria begin to break it down. They help in separating what will be stored and what will be released; either as waste, or gas.

How To Get Rid Of Bloating?

Eating Properly

While eating seems to be one of the simplest things we do in life, the simple act of eating; when done incorrectly, can actually be the one of the main causes of our bloating. For example, when you eat too quickly; the body has to work twice as hard at breaking everything down and isn’t always able to get rid of all the excess air ingested as quickly as we would like.

As more and more air builds up, not only are you going to be full from the food you have eaten but you will be filling up with excess air as well; which isn’t a pleasant experience. Taking the time to chew your food and eating more patiently can alleviate much of this problem. If you’re in a hurry and on the go, take the time to pack a snack so you don’t have to eat quickly before running out the door.

Poor Diet and Allergies

While eating ‘correctly’ is important, so is eating the right foods. Foods that are full of sodium, are spicy, fried or have excess oil and fat are tough for the body to digest. Imagine how difficult it is for your body to digest a huge Big Mac and a Large Fry.\

As the food keeps piling in, the body does its best to get rid of it but the effects of bloating may last hours afterwards. For people with lactose intolerance, the same thing happens. To their bodies, milk and other dairy products are viewed as ‘bad’ by the body and are extremely tough for them to digest because the body doesn’t know what to do with them. Allergies can cause things ranging from diarrhea, vomiting to pain; depending on the severity of the allergy.

Portions

As I’m sure you’ve guessed; portion size is a big factor in bloating. When you bombard your body with too much food all at once, it’s not going to know what to do with it. Eating smaller portions and spreading them out throughout the day gives your body plenty of time to get the job done and you’ll feel so much better in the long run. With increasingly busier lives in today’s society this can be difficult but a little planning really does go a long way in living a healthier life.

Medications

If you do not want to have to change your diet, but need to get rid of  bloating and gas, there are plenty of over-the-counter products available to you. This is not the healthiest route overall, but it will get rid of the pain and discomfort of bloating.

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