Feel the Bloat. Fight the Bloat.
Did you know that poor diets, high levels of stress and a need for daily medications are three of the top reasons for having a bloated stomach? Belly bloating is so common it has become a global pandemic. No matter the cause, dealing with belly bloat can be uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassing! However, more concerning is that stomach bloating can signify serious underlying health problems including candida. Today, the fitness and weight loss experts at AbawiFit share more about belly bloat and what you can do.
If you don’t already know what Candida is, it represents a fungal infection caused by yeasts. Having a bloated stomach is different from gaining actual fat mass around your stomach since bloating is temporary. Belly bloat is mostly caused by air becoming stuck around your abdomen, making it distend outward.
Simply put, your belly bloat is built-up gas in your digestive tract. This uncomfortable disease causes many women to feel embarrassed, especially if you plan on going out or on a much-needed beach vacation.
Luckily, in some cases, stomach bloating isn’t anything to be alarmed about. Make sure to consult your doctor just in case. It can usually be cleared up by making some simple changes to your diet and routine, although not always. Along with feeling full, gassy and having pain in your abdomen, you should check if your bloated stomach occurs simultaneously with other symptoms throughout the body. If your belly is bloated and you have any of these following symptoms accompanying it, things could fall into the more serious department.
It’s time to speak with your primary care doctor if you’re experiencing belly bloat and these accompanying symptoms:
Skin rashes or hives
Blood in your urine or stool
Unintentional weight loss
Pain around your lymph nodes, including in your groin, throat or armpits
Serious Reasons for Your Bloated Belly
1. Digestive Disorders
Most people dealing with various functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and ulcerative colitis have bloating, gas and other symptoms. Some reports show that stomach bloating is experienced by 23 to 96 percent of people with IBS and 56 percent with chronic constipation.
2. Fluid Retention (Edema)
Sometimes bodily fluids can be stored around the body, including near the abdomen or pelvis area, which causes excess bloating and temporary weight gain. You might also notice clothing becoming tighter, extra swelling, and joint pain.
Ever notice the day after you’ve been eating salty foods or drinking alcohol that you become dehydrated and bloated as a result? The more water you drink or consume in foods and the better hydrated, then less belly bloating you’re likely to deal with. However, dehydration along with electrolyte imbalances halt digestion.
4. Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Food allergies or intolerances (like lactose intolerance) are common reasons for gas and belly bloating. Foods that cause the gas include dairy products, gluten-containing foods (most bread, pasta, rolls, cereals, etc.) and certain kinds of carbohydrates.
You can become bloated and swollen if you’re dealing with an infection because this triggers inflammation levels to rise. Caused by an elevated white blood cell count around the urinary and gastrointestinal organs. Check for signs of a fever, redness, pain or swollen lymph nodes, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Fighting Belly Bloat
Now that you know what symptoms to be on the lookout for, you’re probably wondering what you can do to fight belly bloat?
Your diet plays a huge part in regulating how much air and fecal matter is trapped inside your digestive tract. To keep things “flowing” smoothly, you want to make sure to eat a high-fiber diet.
This isn’t too difficult when you eat plenty of whole foods, including veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes and ancient grains. As well as supplementing with probiotics, raw dairy and loads of good veggies. Our online personal trainers recommend you try some of these super foods and spices to help combat belly bloating.
You can also try one of our Sample Diet Plans to combat bloat.
Is it temporary belly bloat, or stubborn belly fat? The time is now to start making small changes to your diet (everything you eat) and exercise. Download our weight loss app for the support you need on the go to live a healthier lifestyle and use our fitness expert tips to help you beat the belly bloat!