3 UNUSUAL REASONS FOR FEELING BLOATED ALL THE TIME

Are you tired of feeling bloated all the time? No one likes walking around with a bloated stomach. It is uncomfortable and it makes you feel heavier than usual. Abdominal bloating is fairly common, especially after a large meal. It occurs when gas builds up in the intestine and stomach. However, if you are bloated all the time, there may be some other reason behind it. For starters, you need to look at your diet. Some foods are known to cause gas and bloating, and if you consume these items on a daily basis, the chances are that your stomach feels full and bloated all the time as a direct result of it. However, what if you get bloating even when you consume a healthy diet? In that case, you need to explore some unusual causes of bloating. Here are a few:

1. Heartburn meds can make you feel so bloated all the time

If you suffer from chronic digestive problems, you must rely on antacids a lot. It is a common assumption that heartburn medicines are supposed to soothe all sorts of problems related to the gastrointestinal tract. However, PPIs (proton-pump inhibitors) such as Nexium and other similar medicines can effectively reduce the production of stomach acids. As a result, gas-producing bacteria finds the perfect place to thrive in your stomach.

If you are having such medications, know that they are typically taken before meals. Moreover, if you are dependent on these or take these regularly, and if you still have a bloated stomach all the time, you should consult your doctor. It may be a good idea to lay off these meds for some time or reduce the usage.

2. You may feel bloated from your birth control pills

Are you currently taking hormone pills that are high in oestrogen? If so, your body is already retaining more water and salt than required. That can make you look bloated all the time. However, the good thing is that most OB-GYNs these days prefer prescribing the lowest dosage of oestrogen to patients. If you are planning to take these pills, make sure to ask your doctor about the oestrogen levels and whether it is the right dose for you.

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3. Your anatomy may be causing the symptoms

This one may sound confusing, and you may wonder what anatomy has to do with bloating. However, the truth is that women are more likely to experience bloating than men. That is because women have smaller guts but longer colons. Simply put, the gastrointestinal tract has many twists and turns. That means gas can build up and get trapped fairly easily. The best way to avoid female bloated stomach is having plenty of water and about 25 grams of fibre a day.

So, if your belly feels bloated all the time despite you eating the right foods and exercising regularly, there must be another less obvious reason behind it. The sooner you figure out the cause, the faster you can take action and get the solution to your problem.

Resources:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a56313/side-effects-of-your-birth-control-pill/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323458.php

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/bloating-how-to-get-rid-meaning-gas-stomach-women-ibs-causes-a8382361.html