I have been suffering from bloating over the past couple of years. And I am shocked by the number of friends, particularly girlfriends, who have mentioned that they do too.
We all have the same thing in common: we don't know how to fix it.
After time scouring the Internet, I've discovered some tips and tricks to help us ladies, and gents, nip this in the bud. And hopefully these help you, as they have helped me!
Don't eat on the move
When you eat on the move, you tend to swallow a lot more air, which produces gas. Take your time, relax, sit down and enjoy your meal. This will also help you not to overeat and get that horrible 'I'm too full' feeling.
Take a mental health day
I don't think we actually have this option in the UK, but I was speaking to a friend this morning who said some workplaces allow you to take a day off to de-stress and re-coup. This is not a 'sick day', it's a day to breathe and relax and relieve any stress you might be experiencing. Because did you know, that stress can cause bloating! The hormones in your body speed up when you are stressed, leading to unnecessary gas.
You might be lactose intolerant! Don't give up dairy unless you are sure, but one way to check is to reduce the amount of diary intake in your daily diet. If you see a difference, or feel a difference, you are onto a winner! The sugars found in milk can cause bloating and discomfort for many people.
Check with your doctor
There are many reasons for excess gas and bloating. One very common reason is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This is a long term syndrome which is very common and affects people in different ways. Unfortunately, there is no 'cure' as such, but being diagnosed is a great start. Everyone with IBS is affected differently, meaning everyone has different habits which can help to reduce their symptoms. So this is an opportunity to get to know your body better, and test different diets to see what works best for you!
You are not alone..
I was recently told I am an IBS sufferer, which is the main cause of my bloating. For me, I am still learning about how to control it and what foods do and don't work well with my body. It's certainly a learning experience, and one that will take a while. But that's okay. I know I am not the only one, and in some way that makes me feel a lot better and more confident that I will find ways to combat this!