Ladies, many of us know that uncomfortable sensation of belly bloat all too well. Been there… felt that… and thank God for yoga pants!
Now when it comes to belly bloat, it’s important to remember that this is a very common condition that many women experience, so don’t panic if you’re feeling a bit puffy. According to Harvard Health, feeling bloated after a big meal is normal, but if you’re feeling bloated after every meal this could be a sign that something is out of whack with your diet and/or your gut health.
So let’s first do a little “Belly Bloat 101” and talk about why you may be feeling bloated, because knowing the underlying cause of belly bloat will help you get an even better idea on how to resolve and even prevent it.
Here are a few reasons why you may be feeling bloated:
- what you’re eating
- how you eat (eating too fast can cause you to ingest more air)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- having a food sensitivity
As you can see from above, several factors can play into why we get belly bloat. So to help you think of things in more simplistic terms, when a person says that they “feel bloated,” it’s commonly due to two causes:
- Gas build-up
- Water retention
In the first case of gas build-up, this can result from having certain food sensitivities which can cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine that creates excess gas that causes bloating (think lactose intolerance), or the bloating can be caused by swallowed air from eating rapidly. Then, in the case of water retention, the cause of belly bloat is typically due to the consumption of foods that cause your body to hold onto extra fluid, such as high sodium foods (cue your favorite potato chips!).
All the above stated, two very simple diet tips you’ll want to incorporate to help keep belly bloat at bay are to:
- Eat foods that promote healthy digestion and gut health (i.e. eat foods that promote the growth of “healthy bacteria”)
- Eat foods that help flush excess water. (i.e. eat foods that have a “diuretic effect”)
Also, below I’ve listed some of my favorite foods that can help prevent and reduce bloating. So try incorporating a few (or maybe all!) of these 8 nutritious foods into your diet:
Last but not least, let’s close things out with this final thought:
It’s important to note though that each body is unique, so one food that causes bloating for you might not do the same for your friend – and vice versa. So keep that in mind when you’re incorporating (or removing) certain foods from your diet. Now whatever the underlying cause, there’s still no getting around the fact that belly bloat can be quite uncomfortable, so that’s why you’ll want to avoid it as best you can by using the tips that I shared above, because oftentimes, simple diet tweaks can work wonders for deflating a puffy tummy!
Alright ladies, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Thanks for dropping in, I hope you enjoyed the info, and I’ll be in touch again very soon!