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Everyday habits that are making you feel bloated

Health By Gloria Nyang'iye
Image: Shutterstock

You probably didn’t know that some of your typical daily activities are making you feel, and look, bloated. Feeling bloated makes the abdomen feel larger than normal, hence the discomfort.

Being bloated or having gas doesn't necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your digestion. Bloating can be reduced through simply passing gas. However, most people are embarrassed to pass gas, especially around company. By avoiding some of the activities below, your day could run a lot smoother without feeling unnecessarily uncomfortable.

Over eating increases the bloating sensation in your abdomen (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Smoking

According to gastroenterologist, Robynne Chutkan, MD, smoking makes a person inhale a lot of air, and the toxins in cigarette smoke cause inflammation in the stomach and intestine linings.

  1. Overeating

Nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson, states that overeating overworks the digestive system, which can’t produce enough enzymes and acid in the stomach to cope with the large amount of food.

  1. Deep sighing

Breathing in heavily makes you take in a larger amount of air than regular breathing. This air can make one feel bloated.

  1. Chewing gum

Chewing gum makes a person swallow more air, and this air can build up in the gastrointestinal tract and cause bloating.

  1. Talking while eating

Doing this increases a person’s chances of swallowing air which can cause a build-up of air in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to bloating.

  1. Drinking with a straw

Sipping on a drink with a straw makes a person suck in excess air with each sip.

  1. Wearing tight clothing

Wearing tight clothing, like tight trousers, can make one feel bloated due to the pressure on the abdomen.

Peppermint helps alleviate the feeling of being bloated (Image: Pexels)

Most of the above activities cause us to swallow more air. This air contains oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, and is responsible for the discomfort experienced when feeling bloated. Some natural remedies that can combat bloating are peppermint tea, chamomile tea, coriander, fennel and turmeric. By incorporating the mentioned remedies into your daily diet, you will feel so much better!

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