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5 Reasons You're Bloated

Bloating can cause general discomfort and will likely impact your mood and energy levels. There are many different reasons you can feel bloated. It’s important to listen to your body in order to identify the key triggers.

Below are 5 common reasons you may feel bloated and some steps you can take to help you feel your best!

Stress

Stress is a common reason many people find themselves bloated throughout the day. Stress is hard on your body and can slow down digestion, causing issues in your GI tract. In order to combat stress bloating, focus on incorporating relaxation techniques into your routine. Yoga, long walks, warm baths and essential oils are some quick ways to remedy everyday stress. 

Hormones

High estrogen and low progesterone levels can lead to water retention and bloating. You’ll notice more bloating when these hormones are off balance. A few ways to manage hormonal bloating are to eat more fiber and drink more water. It may also help to exercise regularly, follow a low-sodium diet, and limit processed foods.

Food Allergies/Sensitivities

Food allergies and sensitivities are another common cause of bloating. The symptoms of food intolerance can show up anywhere between 30 minutes and 48 hours after eating. Some common foods you may want to stay away from if you’re constantly feeling bloated are lactose, fructose, wheat, gluten, and eggs. If this doesn’t work and you’re still unsure of what’s causing bloat but you know it’s related to food, an elimination diet could be beneficial!

High Sugar Diet

Sugar is also a common cause for everyday bloating. Your body has trouble digesting sorbitol and fructose sugars which are commonly found in processed foods. Eliminating added and artificial sugars from your diet can help reduce bloating almost immediately. Hidden sugars are often found in drinks, protein bars and sauces so be sure to check nutrition labels! 

Digestive Disorders

Finally, you may be dealing with a digestive disorder such as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) if you’re always bloated. If you feel bloated all the time and can’t seem to find the cause, it may be due to you having a digestive disorder. In this case, it’s wise to talk to your healthcare practitioner to see what advice and treatment plan ideas they have for you.