- What causes stomach bloating?
- How can I lose this bloated belly?
- My jeans fit perfectly in the morning but by evening I can’t fasten them.
Many of us have experienced that overstuffed, bloated feeling at one time or another. There are several reasons for stomach bloating and most of them are food or drink related.
For some people bloating can be due to fluid retention. This may be hormone related and result in a build up of fluid especially in the week prior to menstruation. When an imbalance occurs in the body, excess fluid can build up in spaces between cells.
Irritable bowel syndrome is also a possible cause of stomach bloating. Treating ibs and digestive problems can be difficult and treatments should be discussed with your GP. However many home remedies and over the counter treatments are available and well worth trying.
Stress can play a part in stomach bloating. When we are under severe stress the brain releases hormones that put an enormous burden on our digestive systems. But different people may react in completely different ways and while some may be unable to eat a single morsel, others won’t be able to stop themselves raiding the fridge and gorging on comfort foods. It’s no wonder that stress has been implicated in digestive disorders including cramps, diarrhea, heartburn and bloating.
Food intolerance is probably the most common cause of stomach bloating. Certain types of food are well known to cause excess gas, for example: onions; broccoli; cabbage and beans etc.
However did you know that there are other ‘hidden’ foods and food additives can also contribute to bloating? Yeast and yeast extract are known to cause digestive problems in certain people. The reason why it should be a problem to some and not others is unclear as candida yeast is present in everyone’s intestines and in most cases will remain harmless with no infection or symptoms whatsoever. However sometimes this yeast is allowed to mutate and will begin to start causing problems. Overuse of antibiotics is a common culprit as it can destroy the friendly bacteria in the gut and allows the Candida yeast to grow unchecked in your intestines. This provides the yeast with a perfect environment to feed and flourish, eventually causing a whole range of digestive problems including stomach bloating For people sensitive to yeast, following a low or yeast free diet plan can dramatically reduce bloating.
Stomach bloating can be, at the best – uncomfortable and at the worst – extremely distressing. However remedies and treatments are available and sometimes just the smallest changes to diet and lifestyle may be all that are required.
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