Feeling bloated is one of the most uncomfortable things that occur to all of us from time to time. People usually describe bloating as swelling, tightness and soreness in the abdomen. It is often accompanied by flatulence (excessive gas production), belching, pain and rumbling.
Although bloating is not a serious problem, it can interfere with your daily routine and deteriorate your quality of life.
In the majority of cases these unpleasant sensations develop when too much of gas or air is accumulated in your gastrointestinal tract. Excessive gas is created if undigested foods get decayed in the gut. This frequently occurs after overeating or eating too much fatty products. It was found that smokers and those who chew gum often are more likely to suffer from bloating.
What’s the cause?
It’s about swollen air that builds up in the stomach and leads to flatulence and burping. People also swallow air when eating or drinking too fast. By the way, you may feel bloated, even if don’t eat unhealthy fatty foods. The reason is that certain high-fiber fruits and vegetables like cabbage, carrot, apricots etc. can be the culprits of your unpleasant fullness and abdominal swelling.
Many people complain of belly bloating after eating beans, lentils and whole grains (such a popular food among dieters), as these products are full of indigestible sugars. That’s why it’s so important to increase your fiber intake gradually, in order to give your body time to get accustomed to it.
In addition to this, artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and fructose can’t be digested in your gastrointestinal tract, causing excessive production of gas. You may not even know that you eat these sweeteners. Be aware that many manufactured foods (including bread) have fructose corn syrup in them.
It may be difficult for your body to digest certain foods like dairy or gluten. As a result, you body begins to produce more gas causing pain, burping and rumbling. Abdominal bloating can indicate an inflammation in your digestive system. People with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and gastrointestinal reflux often suffer from this uncomfortable symptom.
Sometimes bloating occurs if your gut microflora gets disturbed. Normally “good” bacteria helps your body digest foods. When levels of these “good” microorganisms become reduced, harmful bacteria tend to occupy your intestine, causing gassiness.
Do you actually know that weight gain may be guilty, not only of dresses being too tight but also of your bloating sensations?
Fortunately you’re able to relieve your bloating by eating smaller portions, following a healthy diet and eating slowly. Quitting smoking can also help you with your swelling-and-rumbling problem.
Peppermint and chamomile tea, ginger and probiotics may be helpful in overcoming abdominal bloating.
Consult with your doctor if natural remedies don’t help you in alleviating the bloating. Medical professionals will examine your gastrointestinal tract and prescribe appropriate medications.