May 24th, 2012
WHAT IS STOMACH BLOATING?
Bloating in the stomach is common, majority of us will have experience the feeling of a bloated stomach sometime in our lives, but if you are experiencing bloating with pain, nausea or vomiting, you should consult a doctor, because this may indicate a more serious condition.
Bloating is a condition of excess gas in the body, feeling abdominal pressure and at the same time feeling full in your stomach, at times feeling though as your stomach is stretched to full extend and or even feeling weighted down.
People who experience bloating often don’t fully digest their food, or may have swallowed too much air.
Usually, stomach bloating is not an isolated symptom, and may often be associated with one or more of the following:
-Tightness in the stomach
-Shortness of breath
-Lower Back pain
WHAT CAUSES STOMACH BLOATING?
Bloating is often caused by trapped gas in the small intestine. Which in turn can cause flatulence, a painful stomach ache and an uncomfortable feeling . There are many ways that can cause bloated feeling such as:
- Don’t Eat Too Fast
Eating too fast and not chewing your food properly can cause you to swallow air, in turn can cause bloating.
Eating slowly and enjoying your food can aid in prevention of common bloating. Also some studies have shown if you eat slowly, you tend to eat less.
-Chew Less Gum
Chewing gum can cause you to swallow air, which causes bloating.
If you have a gum habit, try to alternate gum with a candy or even a healthy snack.
-Limit Drinking Soda (Carbonated Drinks)
The Carbonation can trap gas in you intestines.
Try drinking a healthy juice, tea, or water
-Lessen Food Consumption In One Sitting
Instead of having 3 full meals, have 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day. Eating less in one sitting can aid in less consumption of air and keep you free of the bloated feeling, often follows when eating large meals.
WHAT ARE SOME GASSY FOOD AND DRINKS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF?
Gassy foods contain certain sugars and or soluble fiber. These two won’t be digested, but they will end up working their way down to your intestines. The bacteria in your colon ferment these undigested particles of food, resulting in gas, burping, and flatulence.
DAIRY PRODUCTS (Lactose intolerance):
LEGUMES AND VEGETABLES (Contains raffinose and or fructose):
FRUITS (Contains fructose, sorbitol and or soluble fiber):
DRINKS (Contains fructose, sorbitol or carbonation):
Experts suggest drinking peppermint tea or ginger tea, because it has properties that may help relieve bloating symptoms. Some suggest to drink peppermint tea before your meal to have any settling effect on your digestion.
Please Consult your doctor before you take peppermint tea and ginger tea.