5 Reasons You’re Bloated All the Time

Gas and bloating can be an unpleasant topic for most of us but did you know that an average person passes gas around 12 to 25 times per day? In addition to this, 30 percent of Americans experience bloating. In fact, not bloating or having a flat stomach for 24 hours is not normal. The food you eat and drink require a certain amount of space in your stomach and intestines, making expansion or bloating inevitable. Therefore, bloating isn’t necessarily a cause for concern unless you’re bloated to the point of not fitting into your pants. In that case, keep reading for some of the most common culprits: 1. Certain types of sugars It’s usually within an hour of lunch when your belly swells, compelling you to unbutton your pants or stick to sweatpants. It remains this way for a day and your stomach recoils to its original shape the next morning. Some supporters of low carb dieting explain that reducing their carb intake helped improve their bloating problem. To determine whether carbs are the cause in your case, try eliminating certain sugars, sugar alcohols, resistant starches such as those found in beans and dietary fiber. 2. Constipation Abdominal pain, a distending rock solid belly and discomfort often subsides when a person poops. If this sounds like you, chances are the cause for your belly bloat is constipation. This mainly occurs because intestinal gas normally gets trapped between slowly moving feces, making bloating more likely. To fix this, you simply need to drink more water and increase your fiber intake. However, make sure you increase your fiber intake gradually as too much, too soon can also trigger bloating. Pay special attention to insoluble fiber sources such as fruits and vegetables with skins, bran and seeds to help improve your bowel movements versus soluble sources (often the processed kinds) such as cereals and high-fiber snack foods. 3. Acid Reflux If you feel uncomfortable in your upper belly area after eating, experience bloating, feel nauseous even after a normal meal or burp excessively for an hour or so, chances are you have acid reflux or indigestion. Bloating becomes bad when you chow down on a big salad on an empty stomach because you’re dumping fiber into an acidic stomach. This is likely to result in some unpleasant symptoms. If you’re having a meal on an empty stomach, try to have a smaller, low fat meal with a glass of water. You can also try carbonated water to ease symptoms of indigestion. 4. Overeating This is perhaps the most common cause of stomach discomfort and bloating. Try having smaller portions evenly spaced out throughout the day. 5. Fatty, processed food. This can make you feel uncomfortably full as fat takes longer to digest than protein or carbs. Limit your fat intake and try baking instead of frying most of the time.

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