Bloating is natural. It is caused by swallowing air and the gas food produces as it is being broken down. However, just because it is natural, doesn’t make it a good thing. Bloating, especially when excessive, can be extremely uncomfortable, and really get in the way of your day. So here is our guide to avoiding it as much as possible.
When it comes to bloating, prevention is the best remedy. The following are all things that can cause it, and avoiding them will dramatically reduce your chances this condition ruining your day.
- Eating food too fast
- Fatty foods
- Carbonated drinks
- Stress and anxiety
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Gastrointestinal blockage and disease
To give you a better idea of the dietary culprits, the following are all foods to watch out for – bear in mind that some of these are really healthy, so don’t completely cut them out of your life.
- Heavily processed foods
- Brussels Sprouts
- Whole grain food
Whilst watching what you eat is the best way to avoid bloating, there are a couple of other pointers you can also do.
Firstly, slow down the rate at which you eat. By taking the time to chew your food you make your food easier to digest, as well as reduce the amount of air you swallow.
The next measure you can take is to burp. Whilst not always polite or appropriate, burping is certainly an efficient way to get excess gas out of your stomach – before it enters your intestines and makes things very uncomfortable.
Lastly, try a light bit of exercise after eating, nothing strenuous, just a quick light walk around the block to get things shifting about.
Bloat is not easy to avoid, in fact, in is downright impossible. It is natural, and unfortunately one of life’s little bug bears. However, by watching what you eat and slowing down your consumption, it is possible to minimise the effect bloat can have on your life.