Boating, Tummy Bulge and Meals {Health}

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My colleague always used to complain about chocolate. She used to hate it, not because of diet reasons which she was obviously conscious of!! But, because after eating chocolate, her tummy used to come out. 
Have you ever noticed your tummy bulges after having meals or anything in particular? I have never noticed when it precisely happens to me but it does happen. I think it helps to keep track of what we are eating to overcome these issues. What do you say??
Leaving that aside, I wanted to discuss what all could cause bloating in the body!! The reasons can range from in-taking too much of salt causing water retention to irritable bowel syndrome to even hormonal issues!! Though salt is the biggest reason why you can be bloated, there are quite a lot of other reasons too.

Simple Habits which can cause Bloating

Bloating is basically when there is too much air or water in the body! So, if you gulp your food down, talk too much during eating, drink too much water during meals, stressing out too much, eating a lot of carbohydrates, preferring sugar substitutes as opposed to sugar (which specifically have sorbitol), chewing gum, missing meals when your stomach is expecting food, drinking a lot of carbonated drinks and drinking with the straw!! 

And, of course, some medicines can cause you to feel acidic or bloated. Similar thing when you are taking too much of stress or smoke heavily or even drink in more moderate amounts! So, all these things make you BLOATED (yes, repeat it in a baritone)! 

What Foods are you eating? 

Well, beans might be really healthy but they are very gas-sy as well so limit their intake. Spicy or acidic or fried foods also affect your digestive system. In fact, high fibre diets and eating large meals or crash dieting, all cause bloating. Oh yes, how could I forget processed food or high-in-salt foods. Excess dependence on sugar free products also increases bloating because of sorbitol.  When in-taking fiber, make sure you take insoluble fibre as opposed to soluble fibre which gets broken down only in large intestine and produces gas. Check out for more information on soluble and insoluble fibre.

Food Intolerance and Allergies

May be your body does not deal well with lactose or to gluten! In which case, you should avoid dairy products or whole wheat products as well. Some people have intolerance to egg yolks as they are high in sulphur content. So, avoid foods which  create discomfort for you.
Bloating during PMS or Menstural Cycle
Hormonal changes during the onset of menstural cycle or around that time can cause you to bloat.
Regarding menstural cramps: The hormone called prostaglandin. It causes the muscles in your bowels to contract. This is why you can have loose stools, diarrhea, and stomach pain when you get your period. (Source)

Bloating and menstural cramps are different. The fluid retention is due to the higher levels of estrogen. 
During the menstrual cycle there is a major fluctuation of hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone, and this causes fluid retention, swelling and the uncomfortable feeling of bloating. Women actually gain pounds of water during this time due to the ability of estrogen to cause fluid to be retained. (Source)

Summary

So, next time you are making a meal for yourself, make sure you include a good amount of protein. And, limit carbohydrates and salt. And, not much of processed food either!! That should take care of all your bloating. 
And, when you are pms-ing, make sure you eat healthy and go for regular walks to keep body exercising which will make sure that you do not get a unhealthy bout of bloating. 

So, what do you say? Have you ever experience a tummy bulge after a meal or a snack? How do you deal with it? Share what you think in the comments below. And, if you found the post informative, do share it. 

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Comments

  1. says

    A very simple exercise that is very effective for tummy reduction involves rhythmically drawing in your tummy whilst exhaling forcefully, holding it in for about 15 seconds, and then taking a deep breath as you allow your abdomen to relax again. This procedure should be done at least 10 to 15 times in a day. It is very easy, needs no equipment, and can be done anywhere and anytime, even when watching television, sitting at your desk, working on the computer, or reading a book.

  2. says

    Is bloating a symptoms of celiac disease? I’ve had to cut out everything that has gluten from my diet. Most people assumed that its normal, but once we cut out the gluten we had a little things lighter in hand. I really appreciate this kind of post, it keeps me updated and it’s very interesting. Great topics. Love it!
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