How To Beat The Bloat

Lots of people complain about being bloated all the time.  In fact, there are products on store shelves out there specifically designed to help us get rid of stomach bloating, and we are keeping them all in business because we continue to eat foods that are driving our digestive tracks crazy!

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The funny thing is, most of you probably don't even need myself, or anyone else, to point out to you the various foods that make you bloated.  You, likely, are already very aware of these foods, but you continue to eat them anyways, get miserable, get uncomfortable, and then complain that your pants are too tight.  Harsh, but true.  Oh, and I'm not saying that I don't do that also, but I make conscious decisions about it when I do.

The first thing I ask you is this... be aware of and accepting of the consequences of what you put into your mouth.

For even more advice, keep on reading...


What are some of the typical bloaters out there in the food world?

Grease!  It's quite obvious, really.  Greasy burgers, fries, pizza, tots, and anything else that fits into the category of "bar food" is probably going to make you bloat.  Not only that, but it's going to cause a war on your digestive track.  Whenever I eat foods like this I get sluggish, and sometimes even my mood goes downhill  We don't always realize the effect that foods like this are having on more than just our physical assets. 

Fizzy beverages.  This includes things like beer, soda, and anything carbonated.  Yes, even DIET sodas are included on this list.  It's quite simply really... the fizz is air.  Air makes you bloat. 

Sodium.  Too much sodium can be a problem, and most of us eat way too much of it because it's hidden in things that we may not even realize (read your labels).  You may think you are helping yourself by eating those freezer dinners, but they are packed with sodium.  So, despite being low in calories, they could still be bloating you up!  Limit your sodium intake.

Dairy.  This is most likely for those who are lactose intolerant, but anyone can experience bloating from dairy.  I, myself, honestly don't get bloated from dairy, and I consider myself very lucky by this... but I am one of few who doesn't experience the dairy bloat.

Other culprits... as healthy as they are for you, veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, as well as legumes and beans, can also cause bloating.  Now, I'm not telling you to stop eating these... no, no no.  BUT, you may want to reconsider ordering plates that have those food items on them if you are out on a hot date or are going to be confined to a shared automobile or airplane (please, for those around you)!  It's also wise to avoid excess sugar consumption, in the same way that you should avoid excess sodium consumption.  Be on the lookout, also, for artificial sweetners.  No calories does NOT mean it's good for you, in fact it could be quite the opposite since artificial sweetners really haven't been around for enough years to be fully tested for long term health affects.

What are some things that you CAN DO to help with bloating?
Drink water, and plenty of it!  Don't let yourself get dehydrated.
Eat more fiber... get that digestive track functioning properly!
Move more... add exercise into your life.
Take smaller bites.  Avoid swallowing too much air.

Of course, I don't have all of the answers, but who does!  As I stated in the beginning of the article, the BEST thing you can do for yourself is to just start eating consciously.  Be aware of what foods have what effects on your body.  You can easily change things for the better by just being more aware of your foods, your body, and the choices you make for your own health.  I bet that you KNOW what it is you need to do already.  So, what are you waiting for?

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