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How to Avoid Bloating

By Ashley Chapman 

We all have days in which we eat whatever we want. Some may call them cheat days or some might just stress eat. Either way, when we choose unhealthy options, this can sometimes cause us to be bloated. While we may not always be able to avoid being bloated, there are things that can limit the uncomfortable feeling.

What is Bloating?

While we may know the feeling, it is important to know what exactly is happening in our stomach that is making us feel gassy and uncomfortable.  Bloating occurs because of an unbalance of fiber and water during digestion. You may have either too much fiber or not enough.

Foods to Avoid 

What you are choosing to eat has a huge impact on how often and the severity of your bloating. If you have recently changed up your diet, you should take into consideration what you have added that might be causing your irritability.

Choosing to eat unhealthy is not only bad for your overall health but also may be the cause of your bloating.  It is best to eat these foods in small portions.  Some foods that may cause excessive gas or bloating may include:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods high in sodium
  • Fried foods

Although healthy foods are best for losing or maintaining weight, they can also cause bloating. While some foods are high in fiber and nutrients, they may still contain sugars and starches that may be difficult to digest.

Healthy foods that may cause bloating or gas include:

  • Beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Milk
  • Cheese

Health Conditions

If you find yourself bloated, even after cutting out foods that may cause bloating, you  may be suffering from a chronic stomach disorder. Two common types of stomach disorders include irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

This syndrome is a disorder that affects your large intestine. While symptoms may vary from person to person, there are some common signs you should pay attention to.  Symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea and cramping.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is inflammation in your digestive track.  The symptoms of Crohn's disease are similar to irritable bowel syndrome, but the biggest difference comes with the inflammation.  Some signs that you may be suffering from IBS may include abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue.

Overall Health 

It is important to be aware of how your body is feeling and reacting to the foods you are eating. Your body is great at telling you when something does not agree with it. Remember, if you start to feel uncomfortable, try writing down the foods that you are eating. This may help you eliminate foods that may be causing you to feel uncomfortable.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Citrus Heights, Calif.

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