Many people have issues with bloating for different reasons, normally dealing with something they have eaten that causes them to bloat.  Bloating is to make or become swollen with fluid or gas.  Bloating occurs when gas doesn't pass through belching or flatulence and can come with abdominal pain that can vary from mild to dull, sharp to intense depending on the severity. 

 

Common reasons for bloating:

 

  • Overeating 
  • Eating rich and fatty foods
  • Eating too fast can add to the risk of bloating
  • Drinking carbonated beverages
  • stress or anxiety
  • A gastrointestinal infection
  • irritable bowel syndrome 
  • lactose intolerance and celiac disease
  • They have also said that drinking through a straw, chewing gum and chewing on candies where it results in swallowing air can cause bloating 
Foods known to cause gassiness and bloating: 
  • Beans and lentils
  • Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, prunes, apricots
  • sweeteners
  • Dairy products
  • sometimes whole grain foods
  • broccoli
  • carbonated drinks
  • hard candy
  • sugar alcohols
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • apples, peaches, pears
  • chewing gum
Ways to avoid bloating and gassiness: 
  • Eat and drink slowly
  • avoid carbonated drinks and beer
  • avoid gum and hard candy
  • don't smoke
  • checking dentures (if you wear them) poor dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when your eat or drink
  • treat heartburn
  • over the counter medications may help
  • go easy on fatty foods
If you have gas buildup in your colon: 
  • Avoid foods that affect you the most
  • Eat fewer fatty foods
  • temporarily cut back on high fiber foods
  • Eat slowly
  • after eating, move
  • try an over the counter remedy
You should consult your doctor if... 
  1. Diarrhea 
  2. persistent or severe abdominal pain
  3. bloody stools
  4. changes in color or frequency of stools
  5. unintended weight loss
  6. chest pain
First I would highly recommend trying the above before consulting a doctor but if you know you have tried different "at home" remedies and nothing changes then don't hesitate to contact a professional so that nothing worsens. I am lactose intolerant so that means my body responds differently to dairy products.  When I consume dairy products, I typically bloat but it depends on how much I have consumed and what the dairy product was.  I used to drink milk frequently but it gave me really bad bloating and annoyed me, so I have chosen to drink Almond milk but this doesn't mean I don't like milk and will not drink it, just means I don't drink it often and will usually go with the alternative if I want to bypass the bloating and abdominal pain. I know there are over the counter medications I can use if and when I eat dairy but I prefer not having to do that unless it is a need. I do still consume dairy though, mostly cheeses but not a whole lot of it and I know my limitations and how my body responds to it when I consume it, so that helps with deciding how serious something is. Now most of you are saying to hell with all of that information, I love my pop, my candy, etc and that is quite alright; I am not saying you should quit eating those foods or living that lifestyle choice, I don't think anyone needs to up and quit unless they know it is effecting their health in a very severe manner.   I did this post to keep people aware and possibly help those who need answers and if for whatever reason you don't agree with this information or want more information, definitely speak with your medical doctor because it is important to know our bodies and how they respond to certain things.  Thank you for reading!
 
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo

 

Published by Shay-Lon Moss