Do you ever have stomach discomfort? Or deal with bloating and gas? First things first, it is okay to have some gas, that is normal, and what you ate may be responsible, it is part of the digestion process. However, when severe bloating is constant, stomach pains are always there, that is not as normal.
Have I been dealing with more stress than usual?
Have I been eating more high sodium, high carb, larger portions lately?
Have I been exercising?
Have I been eating too fast?
Have I been using more artificial sweeteners than usual?
There are many environmental factors that can be responsible for bloating.
Stress. Anxiety and stress can wreck havoc on your gut and digestion. It may cause IBS, or make it worse, or even aggravate dyspepsia and just make you feel icky.
Gut sensitivity. People with food allergies, IBS, SIBO can be extremely sensitive, which can cause pain, cramping and diarrhea.
Excessive high carb foods, salty foods, carbonated beverages, and high sugar. These types of dishes can certainly be causing stomach discomfort. Too many artificial sweeteners can aggravate your gut as well.
Suggestions to relieve bloating:
1. Avoid unnatural, artificial sweeteners
2. Eat smaller meals
3. Avoid "flare-up" foods, food sensitivites, find out what triggers it
4. Avoid too much salt
6. Try a probiotic! (Biohm is great, I use it daily, use the discount code MKFIT for 15% off)
7. Drink water
8. Eat Whole Foods