For many women, bloating can be painful, uncomfortable, or just plain aggravating. Bloating is when your tummy feels tight or full, and is usually caused by excess gas. Bloating is usually caused by over eating. However, if you are not over eating, and still feeling bloated; here are some other causes and how to treat them.
You may have food intolerance. Unlike food allergies, food intolerances are when your body can’t properly digest certain kinds of food. The most common of these is lactose intolerance. However, it isn’t the only one. Observe your eating habits. If a specific food makes you feel bloated, try to avoid it.
Many people who feel bloated regularly have a condition called irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. This occurs when your colon doesn’t work properly. Other symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. If you suspect you have IBS, you should check with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options.
Many women feel bloated during their time of the month. Most attribute this to water weight gain, however, studies have shown that most women do not actually gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Most women simply feel bloated as opposed to actually being bloated. The best cure for this is to eat a good diet and exercise. If you still feel bloated, you can try using natural diuretics to get rid of water weight.
There are other rare, but much more serious causes of abdominal bloating. If you start to bloat in the abdominal area and it doesn’t go away; don’t just assume you’ve put on weight. Prolonged abdominal bloating can be a symptom of ovarian cancer, liver disease, or tumors in the abdominal cavities. If you exercise and eat right and the bloating just doesn’t go away; see a doctor as soon as possible.
I hope these suggestions will lead you to the road of recovery.
Note: when in doubt, talk to your doctor.
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