Here’s Why You’re Bloated

It happens to all of us. Even if you make healthy choices about what you put in your body, filling up with leafy greens, quinoa, and organic grass-fed meat, sometimes you end the day withÖa food baby. No matter what you do, you canít seem to get rid of that uncomfortable puffy, bloated feeling. What gives?

Bloat happens. The symptoms of bloating range from uncomfortable to just plain gross. Gastrointestinal distress, stomach aches, pressure, excess gas, sensitivity, and a general swollen feeling are all common signs of bloating. But what causes this annoying reaction and how can you get rid of bloating when it does strike?

Your body is telling you something.†Bloating is a major symptom of food allergies and sensitivities. You may not be plagued with full on Celiac disease, but gluten can cause inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation and aggravation of your stomach lining equals lots of GI distress in the form of stomach aches and bloating. Especially if you feel like your body is swollen, inflammation and allergies could be the cause. Other common food allergens that most donít even realize affect them:

-Dairycan trigger a reaction from the lactase enzyme it carries (you know this commonly as lactose intolerance) or casein, a protein found in milk. Whey, another protein found in dairy, can also cause bloat and indigestion. If you use whey protein in your morning shake, make sure itís a high quality blend of whey isolate protein to avoid bloat.

-†Eggs are a common source of allergy and intolerance for many.

- Fructose, the†fruit sugar, is also an allergy that lots of people donít realize they have. You might think that your stomach is bloated because of the fiber found in fruit, but fructose could be the answer to your stomach pain and discomfort.

Blame your sugar-free gum addiction.†Sugar-free gum is doubly responsible for bloating for two major reasons: youíre swallowing air and gas as you chew, and the alcohol based sweeteners that make your gum sugar-free emit gas in your gut.

Cut back on soda, carbonation, and excess chewing. When you swallow those little carbonation bubbles, theyíve gotta pop somewhere! It might sound like slowing down on your intake of soda and limiting yourself to one piece of gum a day might not make a difference, but over time the excess gas that builds up in your stomach can cause lots of problems. Even cutting down a tiny bit can make a visual difference in stomach bloat.

Use alcohol-based sweeteners in moderation. A little goes a long way with these sweeteners, as they can be upwards of 100 times sweeter than refined sugar. You can tell if an artificial sweetener is alcohol-based because it ends in Ď-olí; common sugar alcohols are mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, isomalt, and maltitol. Overuse of these sugars can cause bloating, gas, and even diarrhea.

If you feel bloat coming on, fight it preemptively!

-†Peppermint oil can get things moving. Peppermint oil has been shown to help reduce the muscle spasms in your digestive tract that contribute to bloating, and you can take it in pill or in oil form to help your tummy stay happy.

-†Probiotics help the good bacteria in your stomach. Over-production of bacteria due to allergy or diet create gas in your gut, but supplementing with probiotics can help your gut flora normalize and your stomach flatten.

-†Fermented foods can also help. Probiotics and prebiotics are found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, and tempeh. Adding a few of these foods regularly into your eating plan will keep bloat at bay.

-†Olive leaf extract is a supplement you can take for detoxifying purposes, as it fights bacteria and viral growth.

Bloating is annoying and uncomfortable, but no need to let it disrupt your life. Keep these tips in your pocket and you can say bye-bye to bloat for good.

Written by Michelle Pellizzon, and reposted with permission from Thrive Market

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84 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

We need to go back to eating like our grandparents did.

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Samantha R.
Samantha R3 years ago

you just knew this would happen! but who allowed it in the first place?

A new bill proposed in California would require all produce irrigated with fracking wastewater to come with warning labels.

The bill, which Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) introduced on Monday, would require any crops grown with water that had previously been injected into rock formations to free oil and gas reserves and sold to consumers in the state to be labeled. The warning would read, "Produced using recycled or treated oil-field wastewater."

"Consumers have a basic right to make informed decisions when it comes to the type of food that ends up on the family dinner table," Gatto said in a press release from his office. "Labeling food that has been irrigated with potentially harmful or carcinogenic chemicals, such as those in recycled fracking water, is the right thing to do."



Federal officials, environmentalists and the petroleum industry remain intensely divided on how safe fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is. Debates over fracking largely revolve around whether the practice contaminates nearby groundwater, but an increase in farmers hydrating their crops with treated, previously injected water purchased from oil companies has aroused new concern.

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Michelle Krogman
Michelle Krogman3 years ago

Thanks.

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Yvonne Pl no forwards
Yvonne Wey3 years ago

I was surprised at the first answer but its worth looking into thanks for sharing

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago

noted

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 years ago

Thank You for sharing =)

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 years ago

Thank You for sharing =)

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Karen K.
Karen K3 years ago

These are good. Most can tolerate gluten though.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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