What Causes Belly Bloating and How to get Rid of It
Do you feel like you’ve suddenly grown an inch or two in your stomach area but you haven’t gain any weight, or are feeling gassy all the time, and experience frequent discomfort in your abdominal area? You may be suffering from bloating.
Bloating can be very inconvenient and uncomfortable for anybody, and it is not as unusual and uncommon as you may think as up to 30% of adults suffer from bloating. And while many consider this a minor ailment owing to the fact that it may come and go, this could be a sign of other underlying digestive disorders.
But what causes bloating and how do you prevent it? Here are a few digestive disorders and other eating issues and how to resolve them.
- Eating too fast and too much: eating too quickly does not give your stomach and other digestive organs enough time to process and break down your food properly and forces it to overcompensate by producing more acid. Eating too much also does the same. The obvious answer is to eat more slowly.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: also called IBS, this is a condition where you have irregular and / or oversensitive bowels and could also cause bloating. While this cannot be fully prevented, there are ways to manage this such as cutting down on your fiber consumption.
- Flatulence: Flatulence is basically “passing wind.” While this is normal, as we experience flatulence sometimes unnoticed, there are instances where flatulence can be excessive and bothersome. You can remedy this by chewing your food well, as it makes it easier for it to break down, and does not allow for it to ferment and produce gas in your bowels. You can also cut down on beans, broccoli, cabbage, eggs, and the like.
- Lactose Intolerance: lactose intolerance is when your body is unable to process lactose, which is an enzyme typically found in milk and dairy products. This could often result in irregular bowel movements, abdominal discomfort, and flatulence. Aversion to dairy products can help prevent it, and there are many milk and dairy substitutes.
- Indigestion: indigestion is a common disorder that presents with belching, flatulence, bloating, heartburn, and the feeling of being too full. There are some over-the-counter medications available to manage indigestion and also the belching such as antacids.
- Coeliac Disease: If lactose intolerance is to lactose, then Coeliac disease is to gluten. Gluten is found in all grain products particularly those containing wheat, barley, and rye which includes breads, pasta, and some sauces. Coeliac is an autoimmune disease and if you do have it, see your doctor for advise on what procedures and tests you should undergo.
- Swallowing too much air: while this may sound absurd, there is such a thing as swallowing too much air. When air builds up in our digestive tract, it makes us more acidic, gassy, and bloated. Habits such as drinking too much soda, gum chewing, and drinking through straws can increase the air you put in your digestive tract.