Pants Snug? Are You Feeling Bloated?

What is bloating?  Besides the feeling that your stomach is sticking out and your pants no longer fit. The definition of bloating is a swollen state caused by retention of fluid or gas.  This affects lots of people or all ages and both men and women. Not only does it not always look real pretty, but bloating can cause pain and discomfort as well.


One out of ten Americans suffer from bloating regularly.   Since bloating is so common lets see what causes it. Eating a large meal and eating too fast can cause you to bloat.  Eating to fast can cause you to swallow more air. This can cause gas in the abdomen which will also cause bloating. Other things to avoid to decrease amount of air swallowed is to avoid drinking through a straw.  Also you should avoid chewing gum, guzzling carbonated beverages, or sucking on hard candy. Other causes can be simply what you are eating. Such as too much consumption of salt which then makes you retain water. Other bloat inducing foods are beans, fruits and vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, and apricots.  Other foods that can cause bloat are:  sweeteners, dairy, and whole grains. Yes, whole grains are healthier for you but since they are high in fiber they take longer to digest causing them to sit in your belly making you feel fuller longer. Same with dairy, you need a certain amount of dairy in your diet to be healthy. But if you find that you are lactose intolerant this can cause bloating, so you should switch to other alternatives.  For women they can suffer bloating from hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle.


There are lots of different ways to get rid of bloating, or to prevent it.  One easy to way to prevent it is to slow down eating. Make sure you take your time in chewing.  The longer you take to eat, your brain will receive the signals that you are full. Slowing down how fast you eat will also help you not swallow as much air.  Just as staying away from gum and hard candies will do the same. There are lots of home remedies that you can try as well. Taking a plant based probiotic, which will stop bad bacteria and yeast growing in your intestines.  Fennel seeds or fennel tea can help decrease bloating and so can ginger, or ginger tea. Freshly squeezed lemon in some water is another trick that might work in decreasing your bloat. Some people have found acupuncture to be helpful.  There are lots of things that you can do to decease your bloating.

Extreme serious bloating that does not go away can be signs of some serious health issues.  Bloating that has severe pain, weight loss, and fever combined with it can be signs of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer, or liver disease.  It could also be a sign of diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease. If you think your bloating has become serious or you have some other symptoms consult with your doctor.  

Bloating is common lots of people are affected by it.  But just as there are lots of things that can cause your bloating there are lots of ways to get rid of it.  Bloating does not become serious unless it doesn’t go away or there is extreme discomfort. If your bloating is persistent and lasts for a week or more then you should consult your doctor there maybe something more seriously wrong.  If you have severe pain, weight loss, or fever with your bloating then consult with your doctor as well. One remedy may not work for you but others might, you may have to try somethings before you find what the cause of your bloating is so you will know more on how to prevent it in the future.  Consult your doctor with any questions and they will be able to help you diagnose any serious problems that may cause your bloating.

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