Feel like you gained fifteen pounds overnight? Relax; you aren’t getting fat, its belly bloat. Here’s what is causing it:
#1 Inflammation and GI Tract Disorders – The Root Cause of Belly Bloat
Almost all cases of belly bloat can be traced back to increased l inflammation in the GI tract. Inflammation creates a hostile environment for your gut biomes, the micro-bacteria responsible for assimilating the nutrients from your food.
Bacterial imbalances form a gaseous build-up in your intestines resulting in cramping and nausea. In short, inflammation is responsible for your water-retention and moon face, as well as your belly bloat. Conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) are conditions developed from repeated exposure to foods that provoke an allergic, inflammatory response in the gut leading to belly bloat, if it happens to frequently, get it checked!
#2 Sugar & Sodium
Eating too much sugar and sodium in your diet is the number one cause of inflammation and belly bloat. Sugar rampages through your GI tract, creating an inflammatory response that throws your gut bacteria into disarray. Here’s an interesting fact; one can of Coca-Cola contains enough sugar to induce vomiting. The only reason you hold it down are the acids in the cola that balance the biological reaction in your stomach. Isn’t that crazy?
Sodium is another prime suspect in bloating. Sugar and sodium both force the body to hold onto water subcutaneously bloating you quickly. For every gram of sugar, you eat, your body holds onto 4 grams of water.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Overeating can distend your belly and your GI tract. As your stomach acids and digestive system start to work on assimilating all the food, you can expect a lot of gas and discomfort.
#4 Low Levels of Stomach Acid
High levels of stress and a poor diet lowers your production of stomach acid and bloats your stomach. This is quite a common disorder among people living modern, busy lifestyles.
Making sure that you never Feel Bloated Again:
Waking up with a bloated belly feeling is no fun at all. Belly bloat is an uncomfortable gastronomical experience that can be avoided with a few lifestyle changes and here’s how:
- Alter your diet, identify foods that bloat you
- Remove inflammatory foods like flour, sugar and saturated fats. Replace them with sensible food choices such as whole grains, legumes, and dark green leafy veggies
- Stay hydrated
- Get regular exercise, like a brisk thirty-minute walk, three or four times a week
Change happens in an instant when you are ready for it. While your bloating may stick around for the next few hours, you can change your mindset right now. The choice is yours; change, or Stay-Puff marshmallow man, what’s it going to be?