Having a bloated stomach is not always a symptom of an accumulation of gases in this area of the body. While stored fat can be a cause, most women suffering from stomach bloating have other reasons to have this problem.
You have probably noticed that your stomach appears flat in the mornings and your figure is how you want it to be; however, as the hours go by, you notice that your stomach becomes bloated to the point that your clothing is tighter than normal. Do you know what the problem is?
It is possible that your digestive tract has an excess of trapped air as a consequence of poor eating habits and the consumption of certain foods that are not tolerated and can cause irritations. To combat this bothersome stomach bloating, it is very important to detect these habits and do everything possible to give them up.
Food intolerances must not be overlooked because in addition to causing stomach bloating they could also cause other health problems. If you think you are immune to food allergies you need to think again, especially when you notice that your stomach has swollen. For example, people who suffer from wheat intolerance cannot digest gluten and as a result they have digestive problems that include stomach swelling and bloating. Something very similar happens to people who suffer from lactose intolerance.
What is the solution? Go see a medical specialist and request a food sensitivity test. If the results are positive it is important to modify your diet and avoid those foods.
Processed foods contain high amounts of sodium and other substances which do not bring any benefits to your stomach. Sodium is one of the main causes of fluid retention in the body, which is another of the reasons for a bloated stomach. This also affects those foods which are disguised with stamps of “Healthy,” as for example “Light” or “Zero” which in reality continue to have high amounts of sodium and other ingredients but in lesser quantities.
What is the solution? Choose natural foods and those made at home. Consume more fruits, vegetables and whole wheat grains which are much lower in sodium or completely free of sodium.
Eating too fast
It is very important to eat in moderation and to chew your food well because eating in a hurry will cause us to swallow air without realizing it, which can also cause stomach bloating. Many people do not spend sufficient time eating in a healthy manner and for this cause their stomachs to look bloated all the time.
What is the solution? It is very important to chew your food well and to eat at a slow pace in order to have better digestion and to avoid the accumulation of air in the stomach.
Consuming too many carbonated drinks
Carbonated sodas and drinks can refresh and satisfy us when we are thirsty. However, they are not the best option for our body because they provide no nutritional benefits and they contain substances which inflame the stomach and cause various other digestive problems. The gas which creates the bubbling sensation is responsible for the instant swelling in the stomach. In addition, the artificial sweeteners also cause stomach bloating.
What is the solution? Avoid the consumption of carbonated drinks and choose instead to drink more water and natural juices.
Eating just before going to bed
A big mistake made by many people is not knowing how to eat before bed. Dinner is a main meal which should be eaten at least two or three hours before going to bed, and it should be something light and easy to digest. Eating before going to bed is a habit which can cause weight gain and inflammation in the body. Eating right before bedtime is a hindrance to good digestion and can create problems such as constipation.
What is the solution? Eat at least 3 hours before going to sleep, above all light foods and if you have no other choice eat just a small amount of fruit or yogurt. Remember that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Therefore, eat a good breakfast and only a light dinner in order to have better digestion.
If you want to obtain a flat stomach it is very important that you modify any bad habits that you may have. You should also improve your diet, do more physical activities and increase your consumption of water. A healthier lifestyle will not only help you to have a flatter stomach but will also better your entire figure and especially your health.