By Victoria Q
Hi there! It’s been quite some time since I posted articles about self-help/personal development. I’ve always been loving cooking, baking and making new recipes and that’s why you would see I was posting plenty of recipes lately. I just love food so much. I also love sharing my stories and knowledge to help people with their problems or just to give information, which is why today I’m back with an article about self-help/personal development.
So, there are probably days that you wake up in the morning and look at the mirror only to find out your stomach was bloated like a balloon. You may wonder what on earth is happening to your body when you’re already eating healthy that day. Bloating is a feeling that your stomach feels uncomfortably full. Oftentimes, bloating will go away on its own. But if you’re bloated at all times, there must be somewhere that goes wrong. In this article, I’m going to tell you a few common reasons why you’re bloated at all times.
1. Not Drinking Enough Water
I know this sounds crazy. Drinking more water means having more fluid in your stomach means your stomach will be bigger means it’s bloated. No, not like that. When you don’t drink enough water, your body gets freaked out. This put your body on survival mode for future water insufficiency by retaining whatever water content is in your body. And, water retention is the one that makes you bloated. Health experts commonly recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres per day.
2. Foods Intolerance
Food intolerance is difficulty in digestion of certain food and having an unpleasant physical reaction to them, which usually happen a few hours after eating the food. Common culprits include wheat, dairy, fructose, lactose, and gluten. If you regularly feel bloated, you may want to figure out which food you’re intolerant of. Start by avoiding food that can cause food intolerance and load up on greens instead. Then, slowly reintroduce one by one to find out the culprit.
3. Eat Too Fast
I know most of us are too busy moving around and don’t have the time to sit down and chew the food properly. But chomping your food too fast or eating on the go may cause bloating. This is because inhaling your food also means inhaling a lot of air. The air bubbles in your stomach can cause bloating, gas and make you feel uncomfortable. Slowing down and chewing your food properly is an easy change you need to stop feeling bloated.
4. Not Moving Enough
Regularly exercising and moving around does a lot in helping work faster and better for your digestion. Some researchers say exercise helps reduce symptoms of bloating primarily because physical activity supports the passage of gas through one’s digestive system. Sitting down after eating cause your abdomen to compress, which slows down digestion and may lead to heartburn. So, consider heading out for a walk after a meal. Also, focus on regular exercise four to six times a week of 30 minutes to help keep bloating at bay.
5. Not Eating Enough Fibre
You may wonder what’s related to eating enough fibre and bloating. You may not know, but constipation is one of the major causes of bloating. Lack of fibre is why you’re not pooping much and leads to constipation. If you’re constipated, your intestines typically start swelling because the stool is stuck and gains bulk. Because of this, the gas trapped behind the stool couldn’t pass on, resulting in even more gas trapped and bloating. Loading up on fibre gets your body to move and relieve constipation, in another way, relieve bloating.