I am sure at some point in your life, this topic has come up. Bloating must be one of the most frustrating things for me. It happens sometimes at the worst time and sometimes for no reason, or so we think. This became one of my missions and I started investigating the issue, and I still investigate the issue today. I honestly feel that the problem of bloating requires FBI attention!!
There are many causes of bloating and each cause has a condition within itself, which makes bloating quite a complex problem. Just to touch on the main causes of bloating, I have listed a few. They include: Indigestion; Gas and Flatulence; Lactose Intolerance; Gallstones; H,Pylori Infection, Giardiasis; Food Allergy; Hiatal Hernia and IBS. These are really just to name a few and as you can see; each one can be studied quite thoroughly which takes this topic to a much deeper level. Although, let’s work with the general causes and of course, the most important, the solutions!!
IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that many suffer from. It is a functional disorder, which means there is nothing wrong with the structure of the bowel itself, although the way the gut works is abnormal. Bloating is definitely one of the disruptive side effects of IBS and some woman go up a couple of dress sizes and need different clothes depending on whether or not they are bloated. There is unfortunately no cure for IBS although the following could definitely help to manage the symptom of bloating:
- Reduce intake of cereal fibre
- Make use of Probiotics
- Eating Yogurt
- Try to avoid wholemeal bread, oats, muesli, cereal bars and digestive biscuits.
Certain foods cause bloating as well. Obviously, ladies you will have to have a look at your diet and evaluate yourself every time you eat some of the below mentioned foods. The great thing about this is that you can test it yourself, by then cutting that specific food out for a while and see if the bloating improves. Some of the main foods that cause bloating are:
- Carbonated drinks
- Dairy Products
- Artificial sweeteners
- Chewing gum
I know this list seems quite alarming but you, yourself have a good instinct regarding your own body, so start with cutting out the first this that you think could be the cause, whether it is for example onions or the dairy products. This will need to be a self-evaluation.
The good news is there are certain foods that can actually help flatten your stomach. These foods include bananas, yoghurt(unless of course the dairy products are the cause of your bloating, then alternatively try chewable probiotic tablets), Herbal Tea and Cucumber.
The good thing is that you can evaluate if it is something in your diet that is causing you to bloat. Once you have experimented by cutting certain foods out and have seen a good result, just keep on that track.
If this has not worked, please keep in mind, there are medical conditions that cause bloating too and some are considered serious, therefore please contact your Doctor if you feel it is necessary.
Protein Shakes and certain medication may also be a leading cause to bloating. If you are training, like myself, to build lean muscle, you will know that a protein shake is part of you dietary routine. I have found though that Whey protein shakes have a tendency to make me bloat. This is my personal experience, please keep it in mind as it could be different for you.
Well of course I then needed to find an ulterior product to the Whey Protein. After a bit of research I discovered that Whey Protein, is a fast releasing protein, which is why I bloat. Therefore I basically needed a slow releasing protein. Casein protein is an example of a slow release protein, or as seen on the products available on my website, the Nitro Pure is a slow release protein too.
I then switched over and the difference, for me, was great!! The slow release shake really didn’t cause me to bloat. This is my personal experience although I am aware of some ladies that struggle with bloating from Whey Protein as well. So try a slow release protein shake, perfect example is the Nitro Pure.
Ladies, certain medications may cause bloating as well, therefore if you are on medication, especially a chronic medication and you do suffer from bloating, please ask your Doctor if one of the side effects of the medication could be bloating.
The body is such a uniquely designed machine and functions best when it is balanced. If something is not functioning 100%, listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you do suffer from bloating, pay attention to your eating routine and way of life. As I mentioned earlier, there are ways to investigate if it is being caused by certain foods or other factors. Look after your body, it’s a magnificent gift, so let pay attention to it!!!