Easy tips to stop stomach bloating
Don’t you hate it when you feel like you just swallowed an entire water melon? Well stomach bloating, or as some call it a ‘food baby’, is a common feeling that most of us experience at some point in their lifes.
There are millions of reasons why this happens and most of them are not harmfull at all! Want to know more about stomach bloating? Keep on reading!
In this post, we will cover everything about bloating; the meaning of bloating, the causes and how to get rid of a bloated stomach!
Here is just a real quick explanation about bloating so we all are on the same page about the definition.
Bloating is the state of your stomach being swollen after you ate some food (1). It is the feeling of increased pressure within your abdominal area.
There can be different causes why you are bloated, some are more serious than others. When you feel like something is really off don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.
Causes of stomach bloating
These reasons all come from what or how you eat, not from a medical disorder.
Intolerances and stomach bloating
But also certain food types can cause bloating. Maybe you have a food intolerance like gluten, dairy or soja. Take them out (one by one) for a week and see if your bloating reduces.
If you notice a big difference when you cut out for example gluten, you might be intolerant. Don’t cut out all of these foods at the same time because you won’t find the specific food group this way.
Salt intake and bloating
Your salt intake also plays a role in bloating. Eating a lot of salt can cause you to retain water and give you that bloated feeling and look.
This will go over in a few days, so just give it some time. When this happens a lot it is smart to look at the salt content of the foods you consume.
Sleep and stress in relationship to bloating
When we don’t get enough sleep we release a hormone called cortisol, this disturbs our digestive system and causes bloating and constipation.
That time of the month
Another thing that can leave you bloated like a watermelon is your menstrual cycle.
Your menstrual cycle has a big influence not only on bloating but a lot of different stuff like your training and nutrition.
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Solutions for stomach bloating
Now you know that there are many different things that can cause bloating. This sucks because of more causes the higher the chance it will actually happen.
To avoid bloating for yourself you can look at these causes and see which apply to you.
Make sure you don’t freak out when bloating just happens once, there is really nothing wrong with that.
The only thing is that it really sucks.
Only when it is a problem that you experience more frequent you need to start taking steps in order to solve this.
Did you go out for dinner last night? Your salt intake was maybe way higher than normal. Have a stressful week at work? Your cortisol levels might be off.
If you have the feeling that you are intolerant of some food, cut them out for a week and see what happens.
You can also get tested to be a 100% sure if you are intolerant.
You can also get yourself checked by a professional, but these tests are often expensive. If you don’t have or want to spend money on it you can try to eliminate the food and see the results.
When you feel like none of these causes apply to you it might be time to contact your doctor.
He can look if you may have a medical reason that you are bloated.
It is better to be sure and let him check then walk around with it and let it get worse.