Having a perfectly flat stomach all the time just isn’t normal, a little ‘bump’ is unavoidable every single day.
While most people don’t like how it looks, it is sometimes a cause of physical discomfort.
Bloating is when your belly feels swollen or enlarged after eating. It is usually caused by natural processes during digestion and is typically triggered by the accumulation of fluid or production of gas in the body.
While there are the usual suspects, most people regularly eat some of the most unsuspecting foods that cause bloating.
Below are some foods that can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort:
1) Dairy Products
Dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and butter are highly nutritious, as well as an excellent source of protein and calcium.
However, a large portion of the world’s population can’t break down lactose, the sugar found in milk.
This condition is known as lactose intolerance. If you’re lactose intolerant, dairy can cause major digestive problems. Symptoms include bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea
Beans contain sugars called alpha-galactosides, which belong to a group of carbs called FODMAPs.
FODMAPs escape digestion and get fermented by gut bacteria producing gas as a by-product.
This causes discomfort, with symptoms like bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea for some people.
Soaking beans and changing the soaking water several times is a good way to reduce the FODMAPs in beans
Beer is a carbonated beverage made from sources of fermented carbs like barley, maize, wheat and rice, along with some yeast and water.
It contains both gas (carbon dioxide) and fermented carbs, two well-known causes of bloating
4) Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks can cause bloating, due to the high amounts of carbon dioxide they contain. When you consume carbonated drinks , you end up swallowing large amounts of this gas.
Some of the gas gets trapped in the digestive system, and can cause uncomfortable bloating and even cramping
Sweeteners can also cause gas and bloating. Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener, can’t be digested.
Fructose, a natural sugar added to many processed foods, is difficult for many people to digest.
To avoid bloating, watch the sweeteners in the foods you eat and limit the amount you consume
For more advice and help, feel free to consult a doctor via The Reliance Care App.