It’s Saturday night, and you’re cowering on the couch in your fat pants rather than headed out with friends thanks to a case of embarrassingly large belly-bloat. It happens all the time. You wish you could avoid it, but you don’t know what you did…
Do you suffer from these common causes of bloating?
- Is it too many carbs?
- FODMAPS, or Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols, are a group of poorly-digested carbs that trigger bloating, pain, and diarrhea in certain people – perhaps you – if you feel fine after breakfast but within an hour or so of lunch require stretchy pants or popping some buttons to survive the remainder of the day.
- Was it that high fat dessert?
- Recently fall victim to a cheesecake or ice cream binge? Rich, fatty foods take longer to digest than protein or carbohydrates, keeping your stomach full and promoting bloating.
- Is reflux taking its toll?
- If you experience bloating in your upper belly which is more pronounced after eating, or burp excessively within an hour after eating, your bloat-culprit is acid reflux, aka: dyspepsia or indigestion.
- Too much too fast?
- Overeating is a common cause of bloating, as is eating too fast. Slowing down on future meals is a no-brainer remedy to both situations.
- Could it be constipation?
- If your bloated belly is hard as a rock, you suffer abdominal pain that builds throughout the day, and it’s been a while since your last BM, constipation may be trapping gas in your belly leaving it no room for escape.
- Am I just fat?
- Even in an otherwise thin person, if you’re not constipated or gassy, you may be carrying excess tummy fat.
- Do I have some kind of disease?
- Celiac disease, or intolerance to wheat or gluten, can result in an impressively bloated belly that can last a full day or two following trigger foods such as bread or pasta. Ask your doctor for a simple blood test.
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