Nobody likes bloating and therefore it is best if it can be avoided. Yet so many people don’t understand the phenomena of bloating. You may ask why one should, but it is only by having a grasp of the concept that one can sufficiently prevent the very few things that no one likes to think about, let alone experience.
For example, did you know that it is unlikely that your bloating is related to a food allergy or intolerance? Everyone prefers to self-diagnose, but they really shouldn’t attempt such a practice. The human body is a complex thing and just because your stomach cramps and growls after eating lots of bread and bagels, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have yeast intolerance. It is more likely that you shouldn’t eat yeasty foods in large quantities in the first place so make sure that your fruit delivery box contains an even and variety set of food produce.
You can still eat foods that cause bloating whilst managing the symptoms that they create to allow you to enjoy your food without it giving you any of the side effects.
Worst Offending Foods
Chocolate and coffee are the worst offenders but you’re probably not consuming them as much as you did when you were much younger. However, you may now consumer alcohol. Alongside caffeine, alcohol is one of the biggest gut ticklers. Your liver converts it into acetate which slows down your body’s ability to burn off fat. So rather than storing the fat away, the body is distracted with the rise in acetate, so your stomach swells up and forms the dreaded ‘beer belly’.
But it’s not just alcohol; you will want to cut down on carbonated water as well. People like to have bubbles with their water because they give that sensation of having a full stomach after drinking; however, this is actually an indication that your stomach is inflating which may cut off your sense of hunger, but the ingested gas will start to give you discomfort. If you want to keep eating your favourite food then at least do so while drinking still water, rather than sparkling water.
It’s also recommended you start eating soda bread rather than regular bread, since they used sodium bicarbonate, rather than yeast.
Everything in Moderation
Arguably, this is the answer to all of life’s problems. If you cut down on certain foods, then your stomach will feel better. Gorging down on any kind of food is bad for you, so the next time you fill up your fruit delivery box, remember that a fruit sugar called fructose produces a lot of gas when they ferment. You don’t want to give up your five-a-day, but if your fructose intake exceeds your glucose intake by an excessive amount, you risk diarrhea.
Moderation refers not only to how many quantities you choose to eat, but also to how you consume your food. Too many people today feel the need to be busy all day and so they eat and talk at the same time, if not while pacing around a room, chewing gum and slurping fizzy drinks at the same time. This kind of behaviour looks cool when Gordon Gekko does it, but it is not recommended at all because swallowing all that air makes the gas go wild in your stomach.
If the above sounds like you, then you have to remember to calm down and take it easy. Lunch is an essential break from work and shouldn’t be stressing you out more.
Regular walks and yoga work helps gas pass through your intestinal tract. Often, the air gets trapped in there because you want to rest a little after eating. But as natural as ‘sit and digest’ feels and it certainly is a quicker way to digest than standing; therefore it is recommended that you get up and walk so you can burn off more calories. Releasing more endorphins in your body will also keep your stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol away from your muscles, so your digestive system is no longer being starved of energy. Climbing the stairs, cycling, jogging and swimming are other exercises which may help relieve your abdominal aches.