5 Common Habits That Cause Belly Bloat

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Chewing Gum

The process of chewing gum causes individuals to swallow more than usual which results in ingesting excessive amounts of air. If abdominal bloating becomes a problem, it may be wise to cut down on the gum habit, or drink water while chewing to help move the air through the digestive system.

Excessive Sodium

Too much salt in the diet can contribute to excessive distention. During osmosis, water is attracted to salt and gravitates to it. When heavily salted food travels through the digestive system, water is pulled into the intestines and causes bloating.

Eating too Quickly

Many of us feel rushed during the day and quickly stuff ourselves with a fast meal, so we can get back to work. Unfortunately, eating rapidly can cause bloating in two different ways. Primarily, rushing through a meal causes an excessive amount of air to be swallowed that becomes trapped in the stomach and intestines which results in swelling. Secondly, when individuals eat too fast, they eat too much. The brain is somewhat delayed in sending a “full” signal, and a large amount of food can be consumed before an individual feels satisfied.

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