GUEST POST – Stomach Fitness – Learning about Bloating

Happy 2016 to you all Alifters! Yes this year has been a busy start for all of us – I myself am not an exemption; but that is a good thing, right? That means you have stuff going on. But I would like to start off this post by thanking you all A-lifters for your support! I promise that this year will be better for this website and rest assured that I will invest more time and resources to you, my readers and to this AWESOME site! 

Anyway, let us begin this year with a guest post by Gloria Miller. Gloria is interested in sharing with us one of her posts about Stomach bloating. Now this article will not touch on vacuums and situps and stomach fat – it’s quite the point – bloating goes way beyond abdominal fat and this is what you will be learning in this article.  And furthermore, this post is geared more towards women but off course the advice is general and applies to both sexes.


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Even though it is quite common especially in women, not a lot of people are aware of stomach bloating in which the abdominal area expands for about two to three inches. Most people think that this expansion is because of fat deposits which are why they end up doing exercise routines that target the abs when in reality; these workout regimens do not solve the problem. This is why it is important for everybody, not just for fitness enthusiasts, to learn more about bloating and how it can be solved by getting advice from health expert on required protein and vitamin supplements.

What is Bloating?

Bloating is a condition in which the stomach or abdominal area expands for a short or prolonged period of time, deepening on the gastrointestinal health of the afflicted individual. Most of the time, this condition causes abdominal discomfort and nausea especially for people who already have diagnosed or undiagnosed intestinal problems.

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What Are Its Causes?

For women, one of the most common causes of bloating is abnormal hormonal levels which are triggered during the first few days before and after their menstrual cycle. It can also be triggered by having an unhealthy gastrointestinal system in which the good bacteria or normal flora are greatly outnumbered by bad bacteria. These bad bacteria strains promote gas retention and abnormal digestion which in turn causes bloating. Another common cause of bloating is eating too much of the wrong food types and not exercising enough. You can try some slimming smoothies as well as protein shake recipes for Weight Loss.

What Are the Food Types That Cause Bloating?

Dairy – People who are lactose intolerant will most likely suffer from bloating if they eat dairy products especially on a regular basis. This is because people who are lactose intolerant do not have the ability to break down the type of sugar compounds that can be found in dairy products. This inability to digest or break down sugar will result to bloating due to increased gassiness.
Junk Food – These types of food have high sugar and sodium content which are broken down by the bacteria in the intestinal track. Whenever these bacterial strains break down sodium and sugar, gas is released this in turn causes bloating.

What Are the Foods that Can Prevent Bloating?

Yoghurt – This food type, regardless of its flavor or fruit additive, promotes better digestive health by increasing the number of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. For more insight on it, kindly check out a detailed post Yogurt and You. You should get some healthy foods which are loaded with vitamins as well as nutrition supplements.

Oatmeal – Cereal and oatmeal are excellent sources of fiber which aids normal digestion. This would then make it easier for food to pass through the digestive system with minimal digestion byproducts such as gas.

These are just some of the food groups that can cause or prevent bloating. One of the best ways to know more about the food groups that can cause bloating is to sign up for a fitness center with professionals who have undergone Yoga teacher training program. Health expert is another way to get rid of floating. These professionals are well-aware of the food types that should be avoided and the food groups that should be taken in increased amounts to ensure that bloating and other types of gastrointestinal discomforts are avoided especially during exercise.

About Contributor:

gloria miller health blogger

Gloria B. Miller a health conscious mom as well as fitness blogger has been graduated in 2001 from the University of Michigan with a degree in business administration. Currently she is writing on vitamin supplements for one of the leading brand in fitness/nutrition, Read her blogs at Get in touch on Facebook & Twitter.

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