Bloating is a sign from your body that something in the gut isn't right. Gasses such as oxygen, CO2, methane, and nitrogen enter the gut as you swallow air, and through the fermentation of foods in your large intestine but can also be the result of much larger issues in the body.
A number of factors can cause bloating, these include:
- Constipation. This is one of the most common causes of bloating. The longer the stool sits in the colon, the more time it has to ferment, resulting in more gas.
- Food intolerances. Certain foods, such as lactose or gluten intolerance can cause gas and bloating.
- Volume of food. Eating too much or eating too quickly can also cause uncomfortable gas and bloating.
- Foods high in fat. Fatty foods are often high in sodium resulting in gas and bloating.
- Poor gut health. Imbalances of the gut microbiome, aka the ecosystem of bacteria that lives in your gut.
- Physical and mental factors. Stress, anxiety, weight gain, and changes during the menstrual cycle can also alter gut health and cause gas and bloating.
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