Beat the Bloat: 6 Bad Habits You Need to Stop Doing to Avoid Belly Bloat  

 

Food plays a vital role in our life as it provides the needed nutrients of the body. However, eating the wrong way and the wrong kind of food can cause some consequences, including uncomfortable stomach bloat. If you’ve ever experienced feeling heavy and bloated after a meal, it’s probably because of these eating habits you need to stop doing now.

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  1. Sipping Through a Straw

Belly bloats are usually caused by taking in too much air. While drinking through a straw saves your teeth from stains, doing so also lets you swallow more air especially if you use one too often. The solution: use straw only when badly needed.

  1. Eating Too Fast

No matter how delicious that steak is, be sure to chew it nice and slow to avoid feeling bloated afterwards. Chewing is the first step to food digestion and taking your time to grind your food well prevents air pockets from building up in your belly.

  1. Too Much Soda

You see that tiny bubbles in your soda? That’s the reason why you’re bloated up. And before you convert to a diet-soda fan, know that the ‘diet” ones make you bloat even more because of artificial sweeteners, which can’t be digested.

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  1. Chewing Gum

Same with drinking through a straw, chewing gum makes you swallow more air. If your gum is a sugar-free one, expect more bloating. According to researches, sugar-free versions are worse as they contain xylitol and sorbitol, which are bacteria-fermented ingredients and can cause belly bloat—double trouble!

  1. Eating Fatty Foods

While there are good fats, such as the polysaturated and monosaturated fats found in olives and nuts; there are also bad fats, such as transfat and saturated fat found in red meat and standard dairy products. However, consuming any type of fat can slow down digestion, giving you a heavy bloated feeling.

  1. Taking Less Water During Workout

Not hydrating yourself while exercising can cause bloating, and worse dehydration. While working out, you sweat; thus losing body water. Continuous activity without regular sips will drain the vital organs, particularly the liver and the kidneys, which can result to tummy pain and gas.

Belly bloat is a health condition that isn’t too serious. However, feeling bloated throughout the day can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable and can cause unproductiveness at work. By knowing what food and eating habits to avoid, there should be lesser chances for bloating to happen.

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