What Causes Bloating and How to Relieve It

October 5, 2015

A very unpleasant feeling is being bloated.  But did you know that often you can do something about it as soon as you feel bloated?

What Causes Bloating and How to Relieve It

Bloating is any abnormal general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area. As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain, and sometimes accompanied by increased stomach growling, or more seriously, the total lack of it.”

First you must understand what causes bloating:

1. Irregular meal times– When irregular meal times take place, the digestion and metabolism will slow down. For example, if you skip breakfast but then have a huge lunch, you will most likely feel bloated.  Blood sugar levels will increase, and the body will most likely feel fatigued.  One should aim to have regular meals to keep the body functioning properly.

2. Intestinal yeast overgrowth– This common condition results from prolonged antibiotics use.

Overuse of antibiotics will lead to the body producing a change in the digestive flora.  Yeast will then win over the good bacteria.  With too much yeast in the body, there will be a feeling of being bloated and gassy. Some may also have a stronger desire to ingest carbs and sugars.

3. Celiac disease– Also referred to as gluten sensitivity, individuals with this will have issues with bloating.

4. Insulin resistance– This is often seen in those that are bloated. Individuals will have a strong desire for sweets and carbs, and will also see an increase in their appetite.  There may also be rapid weight gain.

5. Poor food combining– Combining different kinds of foods with others will have an effect on how well the food is digested. Foods that are not combined properly can attribute to bloating.

One rule is to eat your fruits alone and never combine them with proteins.

6. Food intolerance– This can result in bloating. Food intolerance is not instant and will take a while to develop in the body.  Foods that are often not tolerated are eggs, citrus fruits, corn, some nuts, dairy and wheat.

7. Lack of digestive enzymes– If the body does not produce enough of these enzymes, bloating can be a result. This is often a result of a food intolerance, an overgrowth of bacteria, aging, and a low stomach.

8. Digestive tract imbalance– Fatigue, weight loss, and diarrhea are often seen with this. It will most likely happen if you have traveled outside of the country.

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