It’s not a good feeling to feel bloated all the time, especially if you’re a food lover and like to add variety to your plate. It’s not always greasy, fatty or sugary foods that make you prone to bloating, sometimes despite eating all the healthy foods you may still experience bloating, stomach acid and constipation. If you’re tired of trying home remedies for bloating and keep coming back to square one, you have to investigate the real reason behind it. Whether it’s the way you chew your food or your high stress levels are causing persistent bloating. (Also read: Summer bloating: Herbs and spices that help; how to add them to your diet)
“It happens to a lot of us: You pride yourself on eating healthy — you drink superfood smoothies and eat dark leafy greens or a hearty chickpea salad, but somehow a bloated belly pops out, forcing You unbutton your pants and sit down bloated and uncomfortable. Bloating isn’t that surprising when you consume foods you know aren’t good for you, but it can be incredibly frustrating when you’re doing your best to stay healthy feeling,” wrote nutritionist Bhakti Arora Kapoor in her recent Instagram post.
“The gut is made up of billions of microbiomes that maintain a healthy population—they support the immune system, aid weight loss, prevent disease, and boost mood. Bloating is often associated with indigestion, poor diet, and an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut, but there are Sometimes even a healthy diet can lead to an unwanted protruding belly,” adds Kapoor.
Tracing the source
Additionally, certain vegetables can cause gas and bloating, which must be avoided by those prone to this.
“Certain healthy foods, such as cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, can cause bloating because they contain high amounts of indigestible sugars that ferment in the gut and cause gas,” says Kapoor.
The nutritionist added that people need to get to the source of their discomfort.
Kapoor opens up about why you’re always bloated
1. Snack throughout the day: This interferes with something called the migratory motor complex (mmc)
2. Not eating enough: This is a stressor on your body that ultimately means digestion slows or stops, increasing bloating
3. Pressure: When you’re in a sympathetic state, digestion can slow down significantly or even stop, increasing bloating.
4. Daily HIIT workout: This adds even more stress, which means your body goes into fight-and-flight mode, digestion slows down and bloating increases.
5. Poor sleep quality: Sleep is an important foundation of health… affects every physiological process in the body, giving the body time to rest and recover, can improve bowel movements and constipation, etc.
6. Eating fast: Chewing starts the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food—the more you use your teeth to physically break down food, the less work the rest of your digestive system has to do, leading to less gas. Chew food 15-30 times.
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