Bloating – a never welcome party ender. We ate too much at the buffet, a few buttons have popped, and the belt has to come undone just so we can breathe again – yes, we’ve all been there.
However, bloating can occur for many different reasons, even some unrelated to food.
Bloating can differ from person to person, but is usually described as feeling uncomfortably full. Bloating can be caused by organ swelling, gas pressure, or water weight. And these causes can be serious, or more often not, quite trivial.
If you’re feeling bloated all the time, here are 5 probable reasons why:
1. Food Intolerances
Certain food intolerances or sensitivities, such as gluten, lactose, or spicy foods can cause your GI tract to act up and cause bloating.
If you feel bloated all the time, try keeping a food journal to keep a track on what you’re eating, and whenever you experience bloating and discomfort. Connect the dots and have yourself tested to see whether you have undiagnosed food intolerances.
2. Drinking too much soda
Carbonated drinks are common causes for bloating as they cause gas to get trapped in your stomach.
Try reducing your soda intake and switch to healthier alternatives such as infused water, fruit juices, or black teas. If you’re already feeling bloated from too much soda, peppermint tea is a common remedy that you can use to reduce the discomfort.
This is one of the most common culprits behind bloating and the no-brainer solution? Eat your portions more consciously.
Choose a smaller plate so you can eat less in a sitting. Chew slowly so your body can more easily digest your food and give your body time to send signals that you’re full.
4. Eating too late
Eating too close to bedtime can cause you to feel as if you’ve gained a lot of weight the next morning. When you’re sleeping, your digestion isn’t as active as it is when you’re awake, plus being in a reclined position may cause some discomfort during the night.
5. High-starch or High-sodium diet
Foods high in sodium, such as packaged food, can cause your body to retain more water than usual. Foods high in starch such as bread, legumes, and beans, can also increase your stomach gas.
Read the full article by Vital Record here for more insight on why you feel bloated all the time.