8 Common Reasons Why You Feel Bloated All the Time and How to Fix the Problem!

There is nothing great about feeling like a walking balloon. People spend years being bloated, mostly because they believe there is nothing they can do about it. But, it is quite treatable, only when you determine what causes it.

Bloating can be pretty unpleasant, it your affects self-confidence, and looking in the mirror is the last thing you want.

We give you 8 common reasons for your bloating, so make sure you determine what bothers you mostly:

1. Intestinal yeast overgrowth
2. Food intolerance
3. Gluten sensitivity / Celiac disease
4. Insulin resistance
5. Improper food combinations
6. Irregular meals
7. Lactose intolerance / Lack of digestive enzymes
8. Dysbiosis (minor bacterial overgrowth or parasites in the intestines)

Food intolerance, gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease and insulin resistance can be determined through testings. Other symptoms may be treated in accordance with notable symptoms and history.

1. Intestinal yeast overgrowth

It is an extremely common condition that is oftentimes caused by antibiotic overuse. It could be the antibiotics you were given as a child to relieve ear infections or tonsillitis, your acne treatment consisted of tetracycline or minocin, or regular antibiotics for urinary tract infections. Antibiotics have a huge impact on your intestinal flora, which creates perfect environment for yeast.

Yeast overgrowth triggers bloating and flatulence, mostly because yeast ferment foods and release gases. Such condition stimulates severe cravings for sugar or carbs. Common signs of yeast overgrowth include binge eating, brain fog, vaginal yeast infections and even fungal infections on skin.

There are several ways to treat this condition. The first thing you need to achieve is re-balance your intestinal flora and get rid of yeast. This means that you should stay away from sugars, take suitable supplements and strengthen your intestinal flora with healthy probiotics.

2. Food intolerance

Although some believe these two are just the same, food intolerance is rather different than common allergies. It is more like a delayed reaction to certain foods. Allergies are characterized with instant response followed by itching, swelling or anaphylaxis. Food intolerance stresses immunity and triggers the development of inflammations.

Eventually this irritates your intestinal tract and causes bloating. Dairy and egg intolerance are the most common, but there are other specific food intolerances, including intolerance to fruits like banana, citruses, and pineapple, nuts like almonds and peanuts, then wheat, gluten, corn and a few others.

Blood tests can help you determine whether you have are dealing with a food intolerance, which is more like a guess-work on your eating habits. Food intolerance is usually linked to long history of allergies, eczema, asthma of hereditary factors of autoimmune diseases.

Sometimes it is associated with skin issues, digestive disorders and lack of energy. Bloating disappears within 4-6 weeks after you have eliminated the food that gives you trouble.

3. Gluten sensitivity / Celiac disease

Celiac disease is a severe form of gluten intolerance. It has become quite an issue nowadays, mostly because of the changes in wheat production over the last few decades. Blame it on the excessive consumption of grains as well. Those who deal with gluten sensitivity claim to experience bloating, flatulence, constipation or diarrhea.

Certain tests can determine whether you are gluten intolerant, and these are usually accurate, but some individuals with negative results still do better without gluten in their diet. You may also want to check your vitamin B12 levels. If they are pretty low, and you are not a vegan or vegetarian, it could be gluten intolerance that bothers you.

Even the slightest sign of such possibility requires proper blood tests. Start off a 5-week gluten-free trial. Once you have done that, introduce it back to your diet to see whether it will cause any reaction. If you are positive, substitute gluten products with rice, quinoa, millet, squash and sweet potatoes.

4. Insulin resistance

The release of insulin is how your pancreas reacts to glucose in blood. The levels of this hormone tend to spike after your meals. Once it is released in healthy (non-insulin resistant) person, insulin stimulates the cells to use fat and glucose from your bloodstream. Insulin resistance occurs when cells fail to respond, or show a poor response to the insulin signal.

This stimulates the body to secrete more insulin, and eventually creates harmful levels of glucose in the bloodstream, commonly known as high blood sugar.

Insulin resistance causes rapid weight gain in 2-3 years, severe cravings for carbs and sugar, increased appetite, tiredness and bloating after meals.

If you have any of these symptoms along with a family history of diabetes, you are likely to have insulin resistance. Do blood tests to confirm if this is your case. This condition can be treated and reversed through fitting diet changes and physical activity. Cut off your sugar and carb intake, and eat more veggies, proteins, fiber and healthy fats.

Do not forget your morning run or afternoon swimming.


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