What Is Bloating?
Bloating is a buildup of gas in the stomach and intestines. 1 in 10 Americans say that that they suffer from bloating, even if they haven’t eaten a large meal. While there are cases in which bloating is harmless, there are others can be a severe case that leads to swelling of the abdomen. Bloating and gas usually have to do with what you eat and how you eat. Therefore, making a couple of adjustments to your diet may possibly help with dealing with this condition.
Common Causes of Bloating
You’re hungry, we get it. However, there are times you need to watch your meal intake. Eat till you’re satisfied, not till you can’t handle one more bite. Smaller portions of food can ease the pain from bloating.
Eating rich and fatty foods
Fats take longer to digest than protein or carbohydrates, thus keeping the stomach fuller for a longer time. You can avoid getting bloated by limiting your fat intake in your diet.
Eating too fast
Eating too fast can add to the risk of bloating after a meal. According to our Orlando GI doctors, satiety signals can take up to 20 minutes to reach the brain and dampen appetite. Therefore, eating slowly will also help you prevent overeating.
Bloating-Inducing Foods to Avoid
- Beans and lentils
- Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, prunes, apricots
- Sorbitol (an artificial sweetener) and fructose
- Dairy products
- Whole grains
When to See Your Doctor
Temporary bloating like from eating too much once in a while or menstruation is nothing are common and it’s nothing to worry about. However, if you are experiencing bloating on a regular basis, this is something you should bring up to your Orlando GI doctor at the Digestive and Liver Center. There’s a plethora of reasons as to why you’re being troubled by bloating on a regular basis. There could be an obstruction in your stomach or small intestines, or you could have an impaired muscle function in the digestive tract. Whichever the case, make sure you schedule an appointment with us at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida so that your GI doctor can create an individualized health plan for you. Call (407)384-7388.