Grow a gut overnight? There's a good chance your most recent meals and snacks are to blame. When your digestive system is unable to break down certain foods properly, the food sits in your gut and causes gas and stomach distension. Bloating can be alleviated with the use of antacids, but it's better if you understand exactly what causes bloating in the first place. We all know the common factors that trigger feelings of being overly full—too much salt, too many carbs, and carbonated drinks. But here are the top five weird things that can cause major stomach discomfort:
Though dairy doesn’t cause bloating for everyone, many people are sensitive to yogurt and cheese, and 10% of Americans have some kind of lactose intolerance. Cutting back on dairy could be the secret to getting rid of a distended mid-section.
When you chew gum, you’re inhaling excess air, which gets trapped in your stomach and intestines, causing you to burp and release gas. In addition, sugar-free gum is usually sweetened by sugar alcohols, which result in belly bloat.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, a lack of water can actually cause you to become bloated. Drinking water has many benefits, including improved digestion. Have you ever seen athletes and bodybuilders carrying around jugs of water? That’s to keep the body's metabolism firing on all cylinders—and to keep digestion moving with all the food they're taking in.
Green veggies are so important in a healthy diet, but if you have digestion issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or even just a sensitive stomach, you could find certain fibrous foods such as broccoli to be too much to handle. If you find (even after drinking a substantial amount of water) that you can’t do broccoli, safer bets are spinach and green beans, which are easier on the gut.