There is nothing worse than that gassy, puffy feeling you get from belly bloat. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can make your tummy look like you’ve swallowed a balloon.
Want to get rid of it forever?
There are loads of reasons why your belly might be bloating. Here are a few:
Too little fiber
Bloating can also be caused by more serious health problems like a bowel obstruction, infection, gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, colitis, celiac disease, or even cancer, but in most cases, it’s because of how your body digests what you put into it.
So, what can you do about it?
How to Reduce Belly Bloat and Keep It Off
Cut Out the Carbs
If you love sugary sodas, pasta, and bread, then I have bad news for you; if you want a nice flat tummy and a gas-free existence, you’re going to have to give up a few things.
Sugar ferments in the gut, which causes inflammation and candida overgrowth, which contributes to that bloated feeling you get after you’ve had a carb overload. This can cause your poop to become trapped in the digestive system and when air flows around it…well, you know the rest.
There are also lots of vegetables that are loaded with carbs which make them difficult to digest, like soybeans, cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic, and onions. A good rule of thumb when figuring out what carbs you can eat to help ease bloating is following an IBS diet.
So why would carbs from vegetables give you so much trouble?
Carbs are a raw material that our body uses to make energy. There are two kinds of carbs; simple and complex.
Simple carbs break down really fast into sugar, while complex carbs like to take their time. This is why you get a “sugar high” after eating candy or drinking an energy drink.
The carbs in some vegetables are complex, and many of us have difficulty digesting them because we don’t make the enzyme we need to break them down properly in the body.
If you love broccoli or spinach and can’t live without it, then take a digestive enzyme before you eat it. It can help the stomach break down the carbs for digestion.
You can also make a smoothie or juice vegetables that are difficult to digest.
Processed food can also have added sugar. They try to trick you with names like sucrose, fructose, dextrose, and maltose, but it’s all still going to give you a bloated belly.
Artificial sweeteners are even worse, so avoid them like the plague.
Watch What You Drink
What you drink can cause just as much bloating as what you eat.
Sodas, sparkling water, and other fizzy drinks introduce carbon dioxide into the stomach, which makes you burp. If there is too much of it in the stomach, it sends it down to the digestive system and becomes gas.
Not only is beer carbonated, but it’s alcohol, which can also cause a bloated belly. Alcohol slows the digestive process and causes dehydration, which makes you retain water.
It also messes with the good bacteria in your gut and causes damage to the digestive tract.