Is becoming bloating free possible?Nov 06, 2022
Bloating affects up to 30% of the population and is more common in women than men. Not only can it feel heavy and uncomfortable, but it often leads to feeling self-conscious about your body, and can have a deep impact on your self-esteem.
Bloating is the expansion of the abdomen caused by an accumulation of gas in the intestines. Bloating can cause pain and discomfort and is often accompanied by belching or flatulence.
WHAT CAUSES BLOATING?
Constipation is one of the most common causes of bloating, as the longer stool stays in your colon, the more bacteria ferments and creates gas and bloating. You can even be constipated without realizing it, and still be having regular bowel movements.
Digestive disorders are a common cause of bloating. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroparesis, SIBO, and celiac disease can all cause bloating.
Dietary choices can be a major contributor in bloating depending on how your body responds. Foods that are high in fat, sugar, or sodium can all contribute to bloating. Eating too quickly or swallowing air while eating can also lead to bloating. Some people may be sensitive to certain foods or ingredients, such as lactose or gluten, which can also cause bloating.
Certain medications can also cause bloating. For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can cause bloating by affecting the way the body breaks down food. Antibiotics can also disrupt the normal balance of gut bacteria, which can lead to bloating.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE BLOATING?
While bloating can be uncomfortable, it is usually not a serious medical condition. There are many ways to reduce bloating and promote gut health.
PROBIOTICS: Bloating is often caused by a disruption in the normal balance of gut bacteria. For this reason, a great way to reduce bloating is with the regular consumption of probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that can help restore the balance of gut bacteria and help produce enzymes that break down food. Probiotics are found in fermented foods, such as yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and in supplements.
YOGA: Yoga may help to reduce bloating by calming your body and nervous system, promoting healthy digestion. Certain yoga poses, such as twists and forward bends, can help to massage the digestive organs and promote movement through the intestines.
ACUPUNCTURE: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Acupuncture is thought to stimulate the nervous system and promote healing. Some research suggests that acupuncture may be helpful for bloating.
HYPNOTHERAPY: Gut-directed hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to treat symptoms like bloating, IBS and digestive disorders. It directly addresses and improves the brain-gut connection and helps restore healthy gut function.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective at reducing bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. It’s evidence based and 100% natural.
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