We all know the uncomfortable feeling of being bloated and it seems to always come around at the most inconvenient times. It’s the day of a big event, you find yourself desperately trying multiple remedies to beat the bloat such as, avoiding carbs, hitting the gym, locking yourself in the sauna, but nothing works. With the warm months approaching we seem to be even more self-aware of our bodies so here are some tips on how to beat that belly bulge. Top Reasons Why Bloating Occurs: Food Sensitives Many people are sensitive to some foods and unfortunately they are probably the most enjoyable. The most common food allergies are associated with dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, nuts, corn, citrus fruit, yeast and vegetables dark in colour. There are multiple ways to determine what foods are irritating to your body.
Difficult-to-digest foods can cause gassiness and bloating. These are some familiar culprits: Legumes. It’s probably not news to you, but beans, along with lentils, soybeans, and peas are gas-causing foods. These little guys are basically bursts of protein in a pod, but they also contain sugars and fibers that our bodies can’t absorb. These sugars must be broken down by bacteria in the intestine so when legumes reach the large intestine, your gut bacteria take the lead and feast on them. This process leads to gas and can balloon out your waist. Kale, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and brussel sprouts are cruciferous vegetables, which contain raffinose, a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it, which produces gas and, in turn, makes you bloat. But don’t remove these healthful greens from your plate.
Soda & other Carbonated Beverages Soda and other carbonated beverages are some of the main causes of acid reflux. The bubbles of carbonation expand inside the stomach, and the increased pressure contributes to reflux. Sodas with caffeine and those that are acidic (almost all) are even worse. Spicy foods Pepper, Mexican food, chili, and any other food that is loaded with pepper or other spices can trigger heartburn, says Deepa A. Vasudevan, MD. Vasudevan is an assistant professor of family medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He tells WebMD that avoiding heartburn isn’t necessarily a matter of all or nothing. “If spicy food triggers your heartburn, avoid it. Then slowly reintroduce milder versions of whatever you like.
Asthma, allergies and Gerd (Acid Reflux) are conditions that appear to be both increasing in incidence and severity in many Western countries. Asthma is usually described as an illness that narrows the air passages of the lungs, causing breathing difficulties. The term “allergies” is applied to a wide variety of complaints having in common a supersensitivity of the body’s immune system to exposure to certain substances such as pollen, chemicals and foods. In the words of Rabbi Dr. Yehonaton Sraya, “Whether it is seasonal hay fever, food allergies, or environmental allergies, this problem is affecting an ever-increasing number of people. Adults and children are equally affected and, depending upon the intensity of the symptoms, can suffer from mild to severe distress.