Bloating 101

bloating

Many people have issues with bloating for different reasons, normally dealing with something they have eaten that causes them to bloat.  Bloating is to make or become swollen with fluid or gas.  Bloating occurs when gas doesn’t pass through belching or flatulence and can come with abdominal pain that can vary from mild to dull, sharp to intense depending on the severity. 

Common reasons for bloating:

  • Overeating 
  • Eating rich and fatty foods
  • Eating too fast can add to the risk of bloating
  • Drinking carbonated beverages
  • stress or anxiety
  • A gastrointestinal infection
  • irritable bowel syndrome 
  • lactose intolerance and celiac disease
  • They have also said that drinking through a straw, chewing gum and chewing on candies where it results in swallowing air can cause bloating 
Foods known to cause gassiness and bloating: 
  • Beans and lentils
  • Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, prunes, apricots
  • sweeteners
  • Dairy products
  • sometimes whole grain foods
  • broccoli
  • carbonated drinks
  • hard candy
  • sugar alcohols
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • apples, peaches, pears
  • chewing gum
Ways to avoid bloating and gassiness: 
  • Eat and drink slowly
  • avoid carbonated drinks and beer
  • avoid gum and hard candy
  • don’t smoke
  • checking dentures (if you wear them) poor dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when your eat or drink
  • treat heartburn
  • over the counter medications may help
  • go easy on fatty foods
If you have gas buildup in your colon: 
  • Avoid foods that affect you the most
  • Eat fewer fatty foods
  • temporarily cut back on high fiber foods
  • Eat slowly
  • after eating, move
  • try an over the counter remedy
You should consult your doctor if… 
  1. Diarrhea 
  2. persistent or severe abdominal pain
  3. bloody stools
  4. changes in color or frequency of stools
  5. unintended weight loss
  6. chest pain
First I would highly recommend trying the above before consulting a doctor but if you know you have tried different “at home” remedies and nothing changes then don’t hesitate to contact a professional so that nothing worsens. I am lactose intolerant so that means my body responds differently to dairy products.  When I consume dairy products, I typically bloat but it depends on how much I have consumed and what the dairy product was.  I used to drink milk frequently but it gave me really bad bloating and annoyed me, so I have chosen to drink Almond milk but this doesn’t mean I don’t like milk and will not drink it, just means I don’t drink it often and will usually go with the alternative if I want to bypass the bloating and abdominal pain. I know there are over the counter medications I can use if and when I eat dairy but I prefer not having to do that unless it is a need. I do still consume dairy though, mostly cheeses but not a whole lot of it and I know my limitations and how my body responds to it when I consume it, so that helps with deciding how serious something is. Now most of you are saying to hell with all of that information, I love my pop, my candy, etc and that is quite alright; I am not saying you should quit eating those foods or living that lifestyle choice, I don’t think anyone needs to up and quit unless they know it is effecting their health in a very severe manner.   I did this post to keep people aware and possibly help those who need answers and if for whatever reason you don’t agree with this information or want more information, definitely speak with your medical doctor because it is important to know our bodies and how they respond to certain things.  Thank you for reading!
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo
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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

14 thoughts on “Bloating 101”

  1. I have issues with bloating too, caused by my dear anxiety 🙂 I didn´t know bloating was a symptom until a few years ago, and it s****! and it hurts sometimes :/
    Great post, dear!
    Hugs, Chape 🙂

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    1. Do you really? I didn’t know you had anxiety, this is something new to me. I have anxiety too! We just learned something new about one another. I am happy I made this post then, haha 🙂

      Shay-lon

      Thank you Chape!

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      1. Haha, yes I have anxiety 😮
        I feel better now than a year ago, but bloating continues :-S
        I’m sorry to hear you have it too, it’s not funny :-/
        In the other hand, thanks to anxiety I’ve discovered yoga, hehe.
        Take your time to find what works for you, it’s all in your head 😉
        Hugs, Chape

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      2. What kind of yoga do you do? I have thought about yoga but I am not flexible much any longer. Yeah it sucks most days, but I continue to work with it and not allow it to take control of my life, ya know and I don’t use medications because I want to be in control of it.

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      3. I try to do Hatha yoga. Try is the key word 😀 I could never sit on the floor with my legs crossed, that´s how flexible I am, so you have no excuse :p
        I needed meds, I ended at the hospital with a panic attack. Blogging also helps me a lot. There is a lot of positive people out there who make me laugh, think and keep it simple 🙂
        Have a wonderful day, dear! Hugs 🙂

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      4. I have never heard of Hatha Yoga, you should blog about it. I will also look into it to see what it means. Oh really, I suppose you are right then, I have no excuse because I can do that much! Yes blogging helps me as well, mostly because my focus is more so on the topic at hand and because of the positive vibes, not to mention I hid away in my bedroom away from the crazy world! LOL Do your meds work for you, is it something you need to take daily or as needed?
        Hope your day is full of smiles Chape!

        Shay-lon

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      5. Meds help with the symptoms but don´t help with the causes 🙂 Also, they have side effects. But I realized I needed them when I answered yes to 8 of 10 questions to diagnose anxiety. I really love to score perfect on any test, but this one wasn´t funny, LOL
        Anyway, the original treatment was one pill twice a day, but I´m doing great with half a pill in the morning 😀 Soon. I´ll be free!!
        Thank you for your good wishes, I don´t know what happend to my Suits episode, but I´m doing good 😉
        Wish you an amazing day!
        Hugs, Chape

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      6. Yes, I do! And LA housewifes if I’m boring. Housewifes from anywhere, actually 😂😂😂 they’re hilarious 😂😂😂
        And yes, I think I’m doing well, one day at a time 😉 Thank you!

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      7. Hahah! omg! this is funny! my mom loves those housewives shows too! I used to watch the LA one (in my opinion that was one of the better of the ones) wow. you have an array of tv shows that you enjoy!

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