Stomach Bloating And Gas
Each of us at one time or another have experienced the feeling of being bloated; that uncomfortable sensation where the stomach or intestines are pushed against the skin making the area distended and hard. This is normally caused by an excessive build up of intestinal gas – or wind.
Bloating and gas can be caused by a great many things including:
- Talking while chewing your food
- Eating too fast
- Not digesting food properly
- Aerophagy (taking in large amounts of air)
- Lactose Intolerance
- Improper or poor functioning liver
If the Problem PersistsIf you are having persistent problems with bloating and gas, it is wise to consult your GP who will be able to advise you on what course of action to take. Sometimes the problem can be nothing more than a normal bodily function that reacts against perhaps a food or liquid that the body is not familiar with. Indeed sometimes it’s completely normal and will occur of its own accord and likewise not occur.
But for those of us who suffer from bloating with any regularity, consulting the doctor is the best way forward. He will be able to diagnose the problem and may suggest changes in diet, lifestyle, etc. Stress and cigarette smoking are also contributing factors, and a combination of the two can exacerbate the problem.
How to Beat the BloatFor most people the condition is minor one, which will – from time to time – reoccur, but for some it can be a persistent problem that can cause havoc during their everyday lives. In order to try to rectify this, you can look at your daily intake of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, cream etc, and also the amount of food you consume that contains starch, such as bread and potatoes. Overloading your digestive system with high volumes of the aforementioned food can cause bloating and gas and all the effects that go with them, such as pain in the abdomen, problems passing stools and a hardness in the stomach and abdomen areas.
Also it is worth noting that this is a problem that can occur if your diet contains a high amount of carbohydrates – starchy or sugary foods taken in large amounts – so if your doctor suggests a revision of your diet, it is wise to consider this as a viable option.
Tips When EatingSeveral of the simplest and most effective things you can do to alleviate this problem include not eating while on the move, maintaining an upright sitting position when eating, reducing the amount of carbonated drinks you consumed, reduce the chewing of gum and indeed, as perhaps silly as it sounds, chewing with your mouth closed so that you are not taking on excess air.
In addition, it is worth taking the time to sit down at the dining table and enjoying a meal properly. You will find that not only will the problem of bloating and gas be reduced – if not cut out altogether – but you will most certainly enjoy your food more.