We have recently received many requests for various subjects on health and fitness so this week’s column is about how to reduce bloating and the possible causes and effects.
There are many things that can lead to bloating.
We’ll discuss a few of them here with you.
Bloating is uncomfortable to say the least.
Not only that, but it can leave you feeling down.
That said, it can be something that is avoided.
Let’s have a little look at some things that could cause it and how to combat it. Bloating can be caused by hidden sugars in certain foods.
The main culprits tend to be the so called ‘sugar-free’ foods.
Limit the quantities of artificially sweetened foods to combat bloating. Always read the label before you buy these types of foods.
No fibre can lead to constipation which can result in bloating.
Eat fruits, seeds, nuts, and vegetables and eat whole grains.
Fit these within your macros. Don’t over do it and drink plenty of fluids. Your body needs water.
Eating too fast can result in bloating. Food is one of life’s pleasures and should be enjoyed, not inhaled.
Slow down when you eat.
Chew your food, take your time, and relax. Your food’s not going to come back to life and run off.
Plus, it has been shown that eating slower leads to you eating less rather than over eating.
Without your realising you could be intolerant to some foods. This may be a direct link to the fact that you suffer bloating whilst eating certain foods.
If this is the case, visit your GP. Dr Google cannot give you a human, hands-on response and diagnosis.
Try eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day instead of your usual larger meals.
This will also help you to avoid being hungry, over eating, and possibly cause bloating.
If you do this, ensure that you include all the essential nutrients your diet needs and stay within your macros (proteins, carbs, fats)
These are a few of the reasons and causes of why people suffer from bloating.
If you are still unsure, worried, or need reassurance, consult your health professional/GP.