Puson or "belly bloat"—it’s uncomfortable, annoying, and occasionally (and wrongfully) an object of body shaming. If you’re trying to get rid of it, take note of these habits that may be the culprits, so all your efforts in losing the belly bump won’t be in vain.
1. Eating processed food.
Factory-made food often contains ingredients that lead to bloating, such as sodium. This puson-distending preservative is used in snacks like crackers and chips, as well as seemingly healthy items like salad dressing, cereal, and tomato sauce. Dodge belly-bloating effects by eating foods that are closest to their natural state like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds. The gluten-intolerant, however, may want to lay off wheat and other grains—bloating is a symptom of gluten sensitivity.
2. Eating too fast.
Scarfing down your food is another habit that can lead to a bad case of bloating (you suck in air when you eat too fast). Failure to properly chew food and swallowing as if you’re on a race against time also cause you to overeat, leading to the dreaded belly bump.
3. Sitting on your bum the whole day.
The sedentary office lifestyle causes your gastrointestinal tract to move at a snail’s pace, hindering digestion and resulting in a bloated tummy.
As it turns out, logging in significantly less than eight hours of sleep each night can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Lack of sleep causes your body to release a stress hormone called cortisol, which disturbs the digestive system and triggers bloating and constipation. Not getting enough shut-eye also causes you to crave carbs, which is one of the perpetrators of overeating.
5. Failing to keep your stress in check.
You can add bloating to the long list of reasons why stress is bad for you. When stress hits hard, your body reacts by diverting blood away from your gastrointestinal tract, thus slowing down the digestive process. As a result, you end up either bloated or constipated.
So make sure to switch to a healthy diet, tuck in early, and learn how to chew your food properly. You can also check out more tummy-flattening solutions here.
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