Feel Bloated, check what you are eating!
Bommanahalli, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Bloating is experienced as a sense of heaviness and distension in the body, mainly in the abdominal region, but also experienced as puffiness of the face and swelling in the extremities. One can easily make out they’re bloated when finger rings and footwear start feeling tighter.
The common causes of bloating in women are related to increased sodium consumption, hormonal changes in conditions like PMS, Polycystic ovaries and Hypothyroidism; digestive issues like indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome and even due to renal causes.
One tends to feel more bloated during summers, due to increased heat and humidity, which causes our blood vessels to dilate, making them more permeable, allowing more fluid to get accumulated in interstitial spaces and tissues.
Contrary to the myth, that water can increase your bloating, it is always a good idea to keep yourself hydrated. As there is a lot of water loss from the body due to perspiration in summers, it is ideal to consume 2-3 litres of water every day. Try to reduce salt intake in your food, and avoid processed food, as they contribute heavily in the sodium intake. MSG( Mono Sodium Glutamate) or Ajinomoto, used extensively as a taste enhancer in oriental cuisine, is also a rich source of sodium. It is best avoided in the preparations.
Seasonally available fruits such as water melon, cantaloupe and musk melon are great to beat the summer bloat. Not only do they help to keep the body cool, but are rich in potassium, which helps to reduce the bloated sensation. Cucumbers and Tender Coconut Water are wonderful too, for the same reasons.
Yogurt is great source of gut healthy bacteria, which promote digestion, and relieve bloating, while also being a good source of protein, calcium and Vitamin B12.
Above all, a good exercise regimen ensures there is good circulation, which helps in keeping bloating under check regularly
Tags: PMS, Polycystic ovaries, Hypothyroidism, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, Healthy Diet, water, Proteins, calcium, Vitamins, ,
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