Why do we get bloated stomachs?
There are a multitude of causes for a bloated stomach, and, as a result, it’s a problem that can affect virtually everyone. So what is the actual problem?
Here’s a list of simple reasons as to why you might be feeling bloated:
- Menstruation, or problems related to other hormonal changes
- Diets heavy in things like bread, dairy and milk
- Your body’s inability to properly digest protein
How to prevent/get rid of it
Drink lemon water
A good way to wake up your digestive system in the morning is to drink hot lemon water first thing. The citrus fruit, though not to everyone’s taste, is an extremely common thing to keep in your house. Not bad to have lying about, just incase.
Lemons help to neutralise the pH in your body. The fruit is also believed to improvedigestion and help facilitate the breaking down of food.
An alternative to lemon is green tea, which some people like to enjoy with breakfast anyway.
A common cause of stomach upset is a collection of fluid in the abdomen. This can give you a swollen/bloated feel and temporary weight gain.
Try eating foods heavy in fibre and potassium – bananas, for example. This can help the body to get rid of excess liquid and therefore relieve the symptoms.
Quinoa is loaded with beneficial minerals, including calcium and magnesium – two that are useful for helping with a bloated stomach.
Avoid ‘wrong’ fibres
It could well be that you are extra sensitive to fibre if you get bloated stomach frequently. This is especially possible if your diet is rich in fibre-heavy foods such as coarse bread, beans and cabbage.
Instead, try opting for ‘soluble’ fibres that strengthen the gastrointestinal mucosa. Examples of these are oatmeal, legumes, vegetables, root vegetables, fruits and berries.
Stop consuming dairy products
If you feel any sort of discomfort/change after consuming dairy products, stop using them.
You can cut out things like yoghurt, cheese and milk from your diet if you think they’re a problem. This is a fairly common occurrence, so it might be worth giving it a try.
Eat tropical fruits
Papaya and pineapple fruit are said to be the best fruits to aid you in getting rid of a bloated stomach.
They contain papain and bromelain, two enzymes that help to digest protein and break down food.
Some vitamin supplements today have additives, including wheat and lactose. This can, of course, be a significant problem if you are either lactose or gluten sensitive.
Both could be causing your stomach problems. Check labels and make sure that any supplements or medicines you are taking don’t contain gluten, lactose, sugar or any other things your body is likely to have difficulty with.
And don’t forget, most importantly: Try not to stress!
Remember that your stomach can often respond negatively to stress. It goes without saying that this is exacerbated if you lead a stressful lifestyle. Problems are often caused by stress, rather than issues with your stomach itself. Try your best to take it easy and take care of yourself at all times!
If you have problems with a bloated stomach, don’t just ignore them for days/weeks/months.
By paying attention to the warning signs, you can overcome issues and prevent them from getting worse.
The chances are, someone on your Facebook friends list could be suffering from stomach-related problems. Share this article so that they can read about the problems and solutions!