Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous, and may also be visibly swollen (distended). Bloating is a common complaint among both adults and children.
We’re not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat here. We’re talking about the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time.
Many people suffer from bloating. It can be very uncomfortable. Luckily, there are several ways that you can change your diet or lifestyle to improve or eliminate it. If these solutions don’t help, consult a doctor for advice.
A. Watch the raw veggies.
Avoid raw veggies if you are prone to puffiness. Raw produce can be tough for your body to break down, leading to bloat. Cooking vegetables makes them easier for your stomach to handle.
B. Eliminate habits that cause you to swallow air.
People often swallow air without recognizing that they are doing it. If you have any of the habits below, you may want to consider making changes.
- Smokers often swallow air when they smoke, leading to bloating and gassiness. You can reduce bloating, and your overall health by quitting.
- Sipping drinks with a straw. Similar to smoking, the act of sucking in air makes you more likely to swallow it.
- Gulping your food. People are more likely to swallow air when they eat too fast and don’t take the time to chew. Make a conscious effort to eat more slowly. It will also make you less likely to over eat.
- Chewing gum or eating hard candies The process of chewing gum or sucking on candy and tasting the flavoring makes you produce saliva. This causes you to swallow more often, increasing the likelihood that you will swallow air.
C. Manage stress.
Your body naturally produces stress hormones when you are under a lot of pressure. These hormones can alter your digestion. If you are under a lot of stress, try managing it as a way of alleviating your body’s response to it. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but it may also improve your digestion.