We have all felt it one day or another, that ‘too full’ feeling that you get. It’s not always from eating too much. Does your body hold on to too much water? Is it something that you ate? Or could a health issue be behind it?
For most people who think they’re bloated because they have gas or are just more sensitive to it there is usually an underlying health condition related to it. Talk to your doctor if you think you have gas too often. Let’s start with Salt. Your body needs this, but most of us get more than we need. It makes you hold on to (retain) water and can cause more serious health problems like high blood pressure.
And it’s not just the ‘saltshaker’ you should avoid. Most of your salt comes from prepackaged and fast foods. Check food labels for salt (sodium) levels and remember: Just because you don’t taste it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Carbohydrates. These give your body fuel, but too many at once can make you retain water. And the faster
the carbs get into your blood, the more likely that is. Simple carbs, such as white bread, pastries, and soft drinks, enter your blood almost instantly. While complex carbs, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables don’t, because they take longer to digest.
It’s not just about food.
Those bubbles in soft drinks and other drinks like beer or champagne are filled with
gas. When you drink them, they can fill up your digestive system. You may burp some of it away, but once the gas reaches your intestines, it stays until you pass it. Also, not to forget, most of these drinks are full of sugar, which can make you hold on to water and feel bloated as well. It’s also about the way that you eat! The faster you eat, the more air you swallow. And like with bubbly drinks, once that air passes to your intestine, it can make you feel bloated. It can take 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re full, so you can eat enough to make yourself bloated and uncomfortable before your brain gets the message.
Fat. Your body needs it to make cell walls, nerve tissue (like your brain), and hormones. But too much can make you bloated because your body takes longer to break it down than other types of food. That means it sticks around longer. It’s also high in calories and can make you gain weight if you’re not careful. Upping your water intake may help you flush out the excess fluids and help you feel more comfortable. You also want to make sure that you're drinking enough water if you're adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet to help prevent constipation.
Another thing which is guilty of making us bloated is overeating. Your stomach is only about the size of your fist. It can stretch, but that can make you feel bloated, especially if you eat lots of salty food and carbs. Make sure you are eating the right amount of calories and balancing nutrients. If you’re in doubt seek professional help.
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