One of the most common symptoms of improper digestion is the feeling of bloatedness; a lot of people experience this kind of discomfort daily, and the exact cause can sometimes be rather surprising.
But whatever the cause may be, it means that some aspect of your diet is out of balance and you need to correct it as fast as possible.
Bloating can also be a symptom of a more serious condition, but more often than not it’s just a consequence of one of our dietary habits.
Once we identify this faulty habit, eliminating it often stops the bloating altogether.
Here are just some of the things that can end up causing your stomach to become bloated. If you find yourself doing any of these, it might be time to check whether that is the cause of the bloatedness by reducing or outright eliminating the activity.
Intolerance to Certain Foods
Nowadays a lot of people are intolerant to certain nutrients like gluten or lactose, but these are just the two most common examples – intolerance can be tied to virtually any food product, and it can actually develop over time, meaning that you can become intolerant to foods that didn’t bother you in the past.
Fortunately, there are rather simple blood tests that you can take to quickly identify whether you’re intolerant to any type of food, so I highly recommend doing just that if you think that this could be an issue for you.
Eating Too Fast
This used to be a really big problem for me in the past, before I got around to losing a lot of weight and realizing that eating fast was a really bad idea.
I just really like the taste of food, and would often lose complete control over how fast I was eating because it was all so delicious.
However, eating fast can lead to a number of health issues, bloatedness being just one of them. The main problem with eating fast is that you end up swallowing a whole bunch of air that now has nowhere to go, except back up if you’re lucky.
If you aren’t, all that extra air goes down to your bowels and can cause stomach cramps, constipation and a whole bunch of other nasty stuff.
Eating fast also makes it much easier for you to overeat, since you keep eating long after you’re full – your body just doesn’t know it yet.
If I were you, the first thing I would do to minimize bloatedness is definitely to give up carbonated soft drinks for a while and see if you get any better.
Especially when you just open them up, these beverages are full of carbon dioxide which makes it fizz up delightfully. The problem is the same as with eating too fast – you’re taking in a lot of extra air, and honestly, this is the most common cause of a bloated stomach.
If you really like flavored beverages, just opt out for some non-carbonated ones for a week or two and see if your problem persists. I know that when I first ditched soda I started feeling a lot less bloated, which made the constant sugar cravings quite a bit more tolerable.
Raw plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular among health enthusiasts these days, that encourage you to just take a bunch of vegetables, throw them together in a blender with some yogurt and make a delicious, nutritious smoothie rich with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a lot of that other good stuff that veggies contain.
And while I generally agree with all of this, if you tend to feel bloated it might be a good idea to cook up your vegetables first.
This is because raw veggies are a bit harder to digest than cooked ones, and this can potentially lead to bloatedness if you eat a lot of them during the day.
As I said, there are many more reasons why you might be suffering from a bloated stomach more often than you’d like, but I really believe that these are the most common ones, so more likely than not your problem is somewhere in there.
If not, I highly suggest that you see your doctor, as a chronically bloated stomach can potentially be a sign of a more serious issue.
Monica Nichols is a 32-year-old fashion designer and freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She's been writing for www.diet.st since 2014, and in her free time she likes making pottery and playing with her pet cat.