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Bloated stomach, remedies that can help

When your stomach appears larger than normal and your blazers feel tight around your waist, this is what bloating can do and it is not really a result of excess abdominal fat.

So, what's bloating?

Bloating is the protrusion of the abdomen, often followed by an uncomfortable feeling of fullness. 

Oftentimes, it occurs after eating a large portion of food but also is associated with the accumulation of gas in the stomach or, during a woman's period, the buildup of fluid at this time.

The symptoms include cramps, flatulence, burping, discomfort, stomach rumbling, nausea, and fullness.


Foods that are high in fiber: Beans, breadfruit (ukwa), oats, and other foods that are good sources of fiber can cause bloating, especially if you are just getting used to eating them perhaps due to disease conditions or change in eating style.

Overeating: Our stomach stretches whenever we eat excessively to accommodate food eaten thus protruding forward.

When you eat too fast: Eating food without taking a break doesn't give your stomach and your brain time to detect fullness. By eating food fast, you get too full early because you are wallowing in more air as well.

In a few minutes, you feel so bloated.

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Constipation: Some persons don't pass out stool on a daily basis, so piling up more fecal wastes in the bowels can distend the abdomen.

When you swallow air: When you chew gum or take carbonated drinks you're consuming air. Also, when you drink from the straw. That's why when you empty your soft drink can, you get a bubbling sound if you keep sucking from it.

Drinking alcohol: Drinks that are bubbly such as beer, soda can bloat you up, sometimes problematic. Alcoholics may develop a medical condition known as alcoholic gastritis—inflammation that tends to flare after drinking too much, causing bloating and other symptoms.

Prevention or relieving of a bloated abdomen depends on what causes it. The best way to manage it can be through changing food habits or even taking medications.

Eat your right portion size

Eat less of greasy fried foods and snacks

Add fiber to your meals slowly

Take less of carbonated drinks

Take a walk

Content created and supplied by: DrGeraldine (via Opera News )


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