When your stomach feels stretched, tight or uncomfortable, your first thought is to examine what you’ve eaten that day.
Bloating can certainly be caused by eating foods high in sodium, fat or sugar, but other common culprits unrelated to your diet could just as easily be your problem.
Learn what could be causing your bloated belly and how you can shrink things back to normal!
1. Your desk job
We get it: you can’t eliminate this problem, but sitting all day causes your bowels and gas to become blocked.
Thankfully, the cure for this is simple; take frequent breaks—even five minutes 3 times a day—while you’re at work to stretch and move.
If you can convince your boss you need a treadmill desk (known to increase productivity!), that’d be a win-win.
2. Eating too fast
Regardless of what you eat, how you consume food has an impact on the look and feel of your midsection.
Digestion starts in the mouth, not in the stomach. chewing each bite not only breaks the food down for digestion, the food is also broken down by saliva and enzymes in the mouth. When you skip this step, your gut has to work harder! Practice slower, mindful eating in a distraction-free place to beat the bloat.
3. Sleep apnea or snoring
If you wake up feeling bloated and full, your problem may be sleep related. Snoring causes your body to take excess air into your GI tract and to your small intestine.
Lying down only amplifies the likelihood of storing too much air, leading to that morning bloat. If you know you snore in your sleep, talk to your doctor or find a sleep specialist to explore ways you can sleep soundly!