Nothing is worse than feeling that urge to unbutton the top button of your jeans just to be able to breathe. Or trying to zip up your skirt in the morning, realizing that there’s no chance it’s going to zip up. Sometimes we might even feel the intense urge to pass gas.
We have all been there, more than we’d probably like to admit, the culprit being belly bloat. It’s just normal and is one of life’s annoying joys of being a human being. Our stomach is like a bag that expands as we put food into it, which will be broken down slowly and be absorbed and eliminated by the body. Some foods cause gas to form in your tummy while being digested, causing a distended and swollen tummy.
Bloating is a sign that your body is digesting your food, but having a constant swollen belly might be a sign that your digestive system is sluggish for one of the following reasons.
You are not eating regular meals
If you are like most of us, you are living off coffee until lunchtime. That is a recipe for an ongoing bloated tummy, because when you wake up in the morning your stomach needs to digest something. But since you haven’t eaten anything after a long night of fasting your stomach begins to produce gas, which hence causes you to bloat up.
Solution – Eat a healthy breakfast.
You are too sedentary
Most of us rush from one car to another chair throughout the day, such as from the car to your office desk then to the car again and to the couch to watch TV. The more sedentary your day is, the harder your body has to work to digest your food, which equals bloating. Bloat can be caused from constipation, which is caused from poor blood flow.
Solution – Get your heart pumping, go for a walk after lunch or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
You might be eating too many FODMAP’s
What is a FODMAP? It is an unknown acronym for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharaides and polyols carbohydrates. Some people can be sensitive to certain types of carbohydrates and their stomach has a hard time absorbing them, so it causes gas and bloating. FODMAP’s are foods such as peaches, beans, garlic, onions, dairy, apples and peaches.
Solution – Consume less of foods that you find your body has a difficult time digesting.
Don’t forget the fiber
Fiber actually is your best friend in preventing and stopping tummy bloat, as it helps to maintain healthy morcobiome. Mircobiome keeps your GI tract moving fast and quickly. Studies have shown that the average woman eats only 40% of their daily fiber requirements. Foods such as kale, quinoa, spinach and fresh fruits are excellent sources of fiber.
Solution – Make sure to opt for whole foods and avoid processed foods.
You might have a digestion disorder
More than 45 million people in United States alone suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Plus more than 35% of the American population suffers from functional dyspepsia, and then there are other disorders such as Crohn’s disease, Celiac and many more that can cause bloating.
Solution – If you find that you constantly feeling bloated and then you should consult your physician to see if there are more serious concerns.