Bloating is one of those annoying things that many of us suffer from, but few of us actually know why it happens or how to deal with it. It makes our self confidence plummet and is incredibly uncomfortable at times, but getting to know exactly what is causing it may help you to avoid it altogether.
Here are four of the most common reasons for bloating and what you can do about it.
1. Intestinal yeast overgrowth
Though the name sounds serious, this is one of the most common reasons for bloating. It's typically the result of long-term antibiotic use, but it's very treatable. You can reverse the issue with a yeast cleanse, which will rebalance your intestinal flora. Try taking up a no-sugar diet, incorporating yeast-killing supplements and ingesting probiotics.
2. Food intolerances
These cause stress on your immune system, inflammation and can irritate the intestinal tract. A blood test can take the guess-work out of wondering if you have an intolerance or not. The most common types are nuts, dairy, eggs, fruits, wheat and gluten. If you have a history of allergies, eczema, asthma or a family history of autoimmune disease and are experiencing bloating, you may be intolerant to a food you typically ingest.
3. Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease
If every time you eat grain products you suffer from bloating, with or without gassiness, constipation or diarrhea, you may be experiencing an intolerance to gluten. You can also get a blood test to confirm this, however, some people find that even if they test negative, giving up gluten decreases heir bloating condition. Rice, quinoa, millet, squash and sweet potato are great alternatives to gluten.
4. Poor food combining
This can be an easy one to avoid. The foods we eat together affect the way we digest them, so when we eat foods that don't mesh well together, we could be causing indigestion and bloating. Not sure where to start? Don't combine your fruits with anything else, most importantly proteins.
Want to beat the bloat?
If you think you may have a gluten-sensitivity, the thought of changing your diet can be scary and upsetting. Giving up your favourite foods and getting left out of countless office birthday cakes is a depressing thought! Don't worry. We have lots of resources to help you break up with bread and gain control over your diet and digestive health. And yes, you can have your gluten-free cake and eat it too!
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Have you found that any of these four cases have been the cause of your bloating? Are you considering a lifestyle change to improve your digestive health?
Source: The Hearty Soul