How to Eliminate Bloating and Causes

 Bloating

We have all heard people say that are so “bloated” and most of us have experienced bloating ourselves. There are many different reasons on why you can feel bloated and can happen at any age. Abdominal bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract is filled with air or gas. This can leave a feeling of being full, swollen, or tight in your abdomen. Bloating can make your stomach look much bigger than it actually is which is not ideal.

What causes bloating?

The most common reason for bloating is increased intestinal gas, which usually occurs after eating.

Causes of gas:
  • Eating or drinking to fast
  • Swallowing air (from gum or a straw)
  • Smoking
  • Eating fatty foods
  • Eating high fiber foods (beans, vegetables)
Other causes for bloating:
  • Pregnancy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heartburn
  • Weight gain
  • Overeating
  • Dairy
  • Menstrual period

Ways to eliminate bloating

  • Don’t eat too much at a time
  • Stay active and exercise
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Massages
  • Medication from doctor
  • Add high fiber foods slowly so body can adjust
  • Reduce swallowed air
  • Identify foods that make you bloat
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