There’s a few reason why your stomach is not beach ready. One of the most likely is because of what you may or may not be eating. The others could be cortisol, bloating or fibroids (but only if you’re a female).
What is bloating? To sum it up, bloating is when your stomach becomes swollen with water and/ or gas. Sometimes bloating can be so bad that it causes your digestive track to slow down resulting in persistent swelling.
What is causing your bloat? All roads lead back to food. What you eat determines how you will look and feel inside and out.
- Overeating is often the culprit, smaller portions is the solution.
- Foods high in fat can make you feel stuffed and are harder to digest, than carbs and proteins.
- Most importantly, slow down when you eat! It takes approximately 20 minutes (or longer) for your stomach to get the message to your brain that you’re full!
You are what you eat! While Some of your favorite foods may cause gas and bloating, try Eating these foods within moderation to avoid that. I will say, these foods may affect each person differently so speak with a medical professional before completely eliminating these foods from your diet.
- Beans and lentils
- Brussel sprouts
- Artificial and Processed Sweeteners: Sorbitol, High Fructose Corn Syrup (this is almost everything)
- Dairy products (if you’re lactose intolerant, this means you)
- Whole grains – drink with plenty of water to aid in moving this indigestible carbohydrate through your digestive system
While bloating is common, constant bloating is a reason to be alarmed. If you feel you are experiencing constant bloating, you should seek medical advice. However, a balanced diet, lots of water and eating slower will more than likely eliminate your bloating woes.
Nia Raquelle is Brooklyn native, currently having a secret love affair with desserts while in a long term relationship with long distance running.
And you can challenge her to a run on the Nike+ app – NiaRaquelle. She might beat you though.