That feeling of wanting to unbutton the top button of your jeans after a big meal isn’t usually the best. A bloated belly can make you feel fat, uncomfortable and gassy. You might be getting stomach bloat from a few different factors- eating too much, eating too fast or eating certain types of food. It is usually foods high in fiber that cause that bloated sensation the most. Those foods can cause gas to get trapped in your digestive track. That gas is what is causing your pooch to poof. There are certain foods that you should be aware of eating if you want to avoid discomfort later.
Dry beans and lentils can cause gas if you eat them in large doses. These legumes are super nutritious and shouldn’t be avoided as part of your diet, but maybe skip the side of beans if you’re on a first date.
Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale can also make you gassy. They are very high in nutrients and antioxidants, so it is important to make them a regular part of your diet. You can gradually build up your tolerance to these vegetables so your body can get used to them and sort of ward off some of the bloat. Also, steaming these types of veggies can help.
Whole grains are another fiber-rich food that can be the cause to your bloat. However, like with cruciferous veggies, you can get your body to adjust over time by eating whole grain foods in small increments, increasing over time.
Soda and beer are full of carbonation, which is basically air bubbles. Drinking these beverages causes you to swallow air and become bloated. This just comes with the territory when consuming these types of drinks. Try burping, it will at least give you some temporary relief.
Fatty foods can also bring on the effects of bloat. When you eat a high fat, high grease meal, it slows down the digestion process, leaving your stomach feeling heavy and full. The only thing to really do is wait the feeling out, and next time hold the fries.
Sugar-free foods usually contain what are called alcohol sugars. You’re body isn’t able to digest these chemicals very well so they end up literally fermenting in your digestive track, causing the bloat. Stick to real sugar in moderation.
If you are lactose intolerant than dairy products can be the culprit behind your belly problems. If you think you might be someone who can not digest milk sugar, see your doctor. He or she might be able to prescribe you lactase pills to ease the pain.
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