6 Reasons You Could Be Bloating
We are all aware that bloating is caused largely by what we put in our bodies. As it turns out there are quite a few other reasons people end up getting bloated.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: If you’ve noticed symptoms such as diarrhea, blood in the stool, tummy pains or weight loss, it could be due to IBD, so it’s worth going to get it checked out. IBD can cause bloating, too, thanks to scarring tissue caused by previous surgery and gas trapped in your bowels.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: IBS is caused by a loss of coordination within this system and the way the bowel works.
- Dehydration: We’re always told to drink our two liters daily but who knew it could ward off the bloat, too? When your body attempts to counter-balance the effects of being dehydrated, it holds on to excess water. Cue: a big round belly.
- Lack of Sleep: It turns out not getting enough kip at night doesn’t just make us grumpy the next day, but it can play havoc with our digestive systems, too.
- Hormonal changes: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS); for example, can lead to a bloated stomach, as it makes you prone to constipation and fluid retention; but it can occur at any stage before, during, or after the menstrual cycle, and for some women it doesn’t have an effect at all.
- Food Allergies or Sensitivities: Food allergies, sensitives or intolerances can lead to bloating; the problem is, it’s just so damn hard to detect which foods are causing the problem. Other foods which frequently induce a bout of the bloat are apples and avocados, so you might have to bump those down your list of favorite foods.