You know that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” feeling? Perhaps you’ve been eating sensibly, but somehow you feel puffy and uncomfortable? This temporary abdominal distension is commonly known as belly bloat and it is different than the extra weight that many wrestle with. Indeed, this pesky problem has everything to do with digestion. Here are a few tips to help you banish the bloat.
- Pick Your Fruits Wisely
Some fruits like watermelon have a high ratio of fructose to glucose that can cause gas and bloating to some people who have difficulty with digesting fructose.
- Calm Down
That’s right, when you are stressed out your blood flows away from your gastrointestinal track. This in turn slows down digestion and causes bloating.
- Don’t Skip Your Workout
Physical activity stimulates the muscles of your digestive track. This helps to process the food and off-load the air bubbles that make you feel bloated.
- Slow Down
Eating too quickly and not chewing your food can cause air swallowing, which leads to bloating.
- Rule Out Allergies
Those folks with wheat allergies or lactose intolerance often complain of bloating. Touch base with a healthcare provider to find out if certain foods are at the root of your bloating problem.