Abdominal swelling or distension is caused by an accumulation of internal gases or liquids that can be caused by different situations, like certain foods which are difficult to digest or by certain health conditions.
Other causes that are related to health disorders that could provoke distension could be irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and intolerance to certain foods. Certain medications could also cause it. Not to mention pre-menstrual syndrome that makes women feel and look more swollen and uncomfortable.
If you’re suffering from abdominal swelling and are absolutely sure that it is due to dietary factors, then your solution should be focused on food choice. Always remember to consult your physician if your symptoms continue, worsen, or if new symptoms appear.
Women undergoing hormonal changes from month to month are more prone to retaining water, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to relieve your body of feeling bloated and fit into the clothes that you like and make you feel good.
Below, we are going to give you a list of foods that could cause abdominal swelling or distension, and which foods to avoid.
Foods that cause abdominal distension
- Carbonated beverages
- Foods rich in fat
- Heavily flavored foods
Within the wide spectrum of foods that we can count on to nourish our bodies from day to day, some help maintain a better figure, preventing water retention or abdominal gas.
The primary foods are:
- Lean meats, baked, grilled, or boiled
- Vegetables like pumpkins
- Zucchini (peeled and seeded)
- Infusions with lemon verbena, mint, lime blossom, and boldo also help reduce swelling.
Don’t stop drinking water during those days when you feel more swollen. That is the only way you can eliminate anything in excess in your body. Do not believe the myth that if you are swollen, you should stop drinking water. Keep in mind that if you drink mineral water, you should do so without consuming sodium.
And of course, you should avoid all salty foods. As well known, they worsen the situation, because they retain liquid in the body. Use other methods of seasoning and adding flavor to your meals, like spices that add a tasty flavor without adding extra salt to your meal.
You should also not abandon exercise. Just walking helps move extra liquids so they can be effectively eliminated. Getting a nice figure is not impossible, all it requires is effort, getting to know your body, and knowing how it reacts to different foods.
It’s important to point out that you should never eliminate any food that is necessary for good nutrition just because it makes your abdominal area swell. It’s best to consult a nutritionist so they can guide you regarding the best way to substitute foods that disturb you, or advise you about the best way to eat them, avoiding any changes in your body.
It could be that all you need to do is make simple changes while cooking your foods in order to prevent any discomfort. You could still enjoy the full nutritional benefits for your body. And lastly, we can’t go without talking about the importance of chewing your food well in order to prevent abdominal swelling. At mealtime, this should be a ritual, chewing with peace and harmony so as to avoid any disturbances associated with digestion.