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You may feel you know why you are bloated. Too much pie, perhaps. Too little exercise. A few too many muffins that have contributed to an inevitable muffin top.
Bloating happens because the food can’t break down gas. Your body can also produce gas right in your abdomen during the digestive process. This will happen in most people’s lives from time to time. However, if you are finding that it is happening much more than you would like, consider the reason. Here are six possible reasons why you may be bloated:
1) You are eating too fast.
When we are ravenous, whether it is because of a grueling workout or a long day, it can be hard to put on the brakes when it comes to eating. However, by eating too fast you are doing your body a disservice. It will actually impede the ability to digest carbs, which can create gas in the intestines. Slow it down, partner.
2) You nee
d to drink more.
Don’t get excited, the drink we are talking about is water. If you are dehydrated, your body tends to cling onto the fluid it does have. Take a break from the beer or the soda and hydrate your body so it doesn’t have to do all the work for you.
3) You are eating too much.
If you are overeating on a regular basis, going from happy hour to family dinner to bar night, it will not only show on your body pounds-wise, but also through the digestive process. Smaller portions should reduce the pain and discomfort.
4) You are stressed.
When you are feeding your sympathetic nervous system too often (flight or fight response), it can bring your whole body out of whack. Stress can draw blood away from the digestive process and this will not fare well for a bloating problem. Take a deep breath.
5) You aren’t moving enough.
We have heard that sitting is the new smoking, and it can also be the cause of your bloating. If you sit for hours without getting up or taking a break, blood will pool to the lower half of your body. Blood vessels will fill with blood and the surrounding tissues will fill with fluid. Walk around more and you may find that your belly reacts less.
6) You are what you eat.
Some foods have more of a tendency to produce gas than others. We know some of these very well, like beans. Many fruits, vegetables, dairy products and artificial sweeteners also have a similar effect. The list is quite long depending on your intolerances or sensitivities. Know your body and limit the food items that create discomfort.
Bloating is not something that you have to get used to. If you have been suffering for some time, follow these steps and see if it makes a difference. If you find you are still experiencing symptoms, it may be time to see a doctor.