It’s the season of tees, tanks, and swimsuits, so you want to be out there enjoying the sunshine. However, your confidence is about to take a knock thanks to a sudden case of bloating. Especially if you’re working hard to look and feel good, it’s unfortunate that your belly can throw a wrench in your plans by deciding to suddenly balloon up. But more than that, bloating can be uncomfortable, painful, and just unpleasant. So, what are the causes and what can you do about it?
Follow your gut
It should be no surprise that gut health has a huge role to play in how often you feel bloated. In fact, bloating is often one of the symptoms that comprise the series of related issues known as irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics and IBS are in direct opposition, so it’s worth looking at treatments that not only fight the symptoms but include those bacteria-balancing ingredients. If you’re experiencing aches, gas, or constipation alongside bloating, then you might need to consider your gut health.
Watch what you eat
It should be no surprise that what you eat and drink also have a big role to play in that bloating. A lot of the foods you might eat as part of your diet might also cause a lot of gas, like beans, cabbage, and sprouts. Instead, look at replacing them with fermented foods like miso, yogurt, and even sauerkraut. Other bloat-heavy foods include sugary carbonated beverages, alcohol, and grains.
Bloating after workout?
You’re probably used to feeling uncomfortable after a workout, but a lot of people have the extra headache of bloating to go with muscle soreness. Exercise doesn’t necessarily cause bloating, but there are a few habits that can make it a lot more likely. Poor breathing practice results in breathing heavy gulps of air rather than managing it, which causes stomach ache as well as the main problem. Failing to properly hydrate yourself while exercising will also dehydrate the vital organs, causing gas to build up instead.
Look in the medicine cabinet
There are plenty of side effects to the medication we take, which is why we should always be careful of what we’re putting in our bodies. Aspirin, opioid painkillers, and anti-diarrhea tablets can all result in bloating. Perhaps one of the most common causes, however, is taking antacids. While they can solve the immediate issue of heartburn and indigestion, they can contribute to a longer-term gut discomfort. If you’re dealing with long-term indigestion or heartburn, tackle the long-term issues instead of the immediate symptoms. Don’t lie down after eating, avoid triggering spicy or fatty foods, and maintain your weight.
Get checked out
If bloating is common despite none of the above proving true, it may be the case you suffer from one of the conditions linked to it. For instance, food compatibility conditions such as lactose intolerance and Celiac disease can cause bloating when you eat foods that you’re not aware your body can’t handle. Bloating can also be one of the signs of Crohn’s disease, gastritis or colon cancer. While these might not be the most likely outcomes, it’s a good reason to get checked out if you’re constantly dealing with bloat.
With the tips above, you should be able to bust the bloat and enjoy the sun without feeling like a beach ball. Now get out the and have fun.
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