How to combat bloating
As a woman it’s very common to suffer from bloating. That doesn’t mean that you have to just accept it as a fact as there are many ways to combat bloating.
From your diet to exercise we have some simple tips to help your bloating and make you feel great again.
It’s always important to understand what causes bloating in order to tackle it. If you know what is causing the problem then you’ll know how to combat it in the best way. For example if it’s a type of food well then you just don’t eat it.
Causes of bloating:
There are many causes of bloating, from food intolerance to eating or drinking gassy foods. Here are some of the main causes of bloating.
- Having a food intolerance like lactose or celiac disease
- Eating or drinking too quickly
- Eating fatty foods
- Stress or anxiety
- Eating gassy food or carbonated beverages
- Hormonal changes
Foods which can cause bloating vary, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that broccoli, cauliflower, whole grains, dairy, and chewing gum are all common causes for bloating.
Women also tend to suffer from bloating prior to their period as a change in hormones can often lead to water retention.
How to avoid bloating:
If you think you have a food intolerance take track of what you eat and how you feel afterwards in a diary. Check back over this to see any patterns which might indicate what you have an intolerance to.
Drink plenty of water and get exercise. This will help to reduce bloating, and if you’re bloated as a result of hormones, it can help to relieve pain from you period as well as reducing stress.
Smoking, fatty foods, and chewing gum should all be avoided too. Opt for mints instead of gum if you want something for a fresh breath.
And lastly but not least, eat slowly to avoid swallowing air. A large number of people get bloated after eating as they eat too quickly, swallowing air as they do so and causing them to bloat. Cut your food up small and eat in small pieces, chewing slowly, so as to avoid this. I know I’m guilty of getting a bit too excited as I munch of my takeaway after a night out.
Before making drastic changes to your diet you should always consult your doctor. We hope these tops tips help you to beat the bloating!
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