What’s behind that bloated belly?

For most people suffering from bloating the reason will be lifestyle and that they are eating the wrong types of foods.

If bloating is persistent and you have other symptoms such as a constant feeling of fullness, abdominal pain, constipation or bouts of diarrhoea and the information in this article does not help, please don’t ignore your symptoms consult your GP!

Here’s 10 reasons why you maybe suffering from the bloat!

1 – Eating food on the go and not allowing it to digest properly.

With lifestyles being so hectic and busy for people these days, many do not actually give themselves time to sit down and eat their food without rushing. This can constantly put your body into fight or flight mode, which actually switches off your digestive stomach acid and enzymes. So always find a place to sit down and eat. And ensure you allocate enough time to do so at a more relaxed pace. Not only is this good for you, but it will also make for a far more pleasurable eating experience!

2 – Lack of water can make you feel bloated, keep a bottle of water in your bag or at your desk and sip it slowly throughout the day you should be aiming for a minimum of 2 litres a day.

3 – Having a fizzy drink with your meal will cause gas in your stomach and can actually make it difficult for your food to be digested. Stick to drinking water only with meals.

4 – Eating too fast without chewing your food properly will cause food to ferment in the stomach and produce gas.

5 – Eating fruit after a meal can cause your stomach to bloat. Depending on the type of protein you eat with your meal it can take 3 to 4 hours to digest in the stomach, whereas fruit can take as little as 20 minutes. So your body will be working on digesting the protein first while the fruit just sits there waiting for its turn to be digested. So opt for eating fruit as a starter or a snack instead.

6 – A meal high in salt such as a takeaway or a processed meal makes the body retain water so it is self evident that too much salt will increase bloating. Ditch the processed foods and eat more fresh vegetables, fresh meat & fish and healthy fats instead.

7 – Intolerance to foods without having an intolerance test its hard to pinpoint exactly which foods are causing the problem. But you can make a start by listening to your body, if you kept a food diary you’ll be able to see if there is a pattern when you eat certain foods.

8 – Ageing as we get older our stomach acid which is essential to initiate digestion of our foods slows down. Start the day with a warm water and fresh lemon juice to help to alkalise the stomach which will also help to aid with digestion. Also another tip to stimulate stomach acid and also has numerous other health benefits is to drink a diluted solution of organic raw apple cider vinegar that contains ‘mother’ diluted with water before each meal.

9 – Hormone fluctuations if you are premenstrual levels of the hormone progesterone are raised. This can cause food to pass more slowly through the body which leads to bloating. Leading an active lifestyle will help, even just walking for 30 minutes a day.

10 – Gluten, wheat, dairy & sugar these four are the main culprits. Try eliminating these from your diet for 21 days and not only will you lose weight and have more energy you’ll be amazed at how flatter your tummy will become.

If you need help shifting the bloat www.metabolic-booster.com will show you the way.