If you have gas and bloating, try taking digestive enzymes. You can find them at your local drugstore.
If your bloating is caused by bloating or gas, try reducing your caffeine intake.
6. You’re pregnant
Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal changes. This can cause bloating.
Pregnancy hormones can also cause breast tenderness.
7. You’re allergic to certain foods
Certain foods can cause bloating. These include:
- Dairy products
- Whole grains
Bloating from food allergies can make it hard to eat and drink, which can make bloating worse.
8. You’re taking certain medications
Bloating can be a side effect of some prescription medications.
You should talk to your doctor about any medication you’re taking because they can help manage your bloating.
9. You’re dehydrated
Dehydration can cause bloating.
When you drink too little water, the food that you eat moves through your digestive system too quickly. The bloating and gas you experience can be uncomfortable.
10. You’ve recently changed your diet
Many people experience bloating when they eat a diet high in fat and protein but low in certain vitamins and minerals.
The best way to deal with bloating is to decrease your fat and protein intake.
11. You’re constipated
Constipation can cause bloating.
Constipation can be caused by the following:
- Not eating enough fiber
- Eating too few roughage foods, such as raw vegetables
- Eating too few fruits and fiber-filled foods
- Eating too many foods that are difficult to digest
Bloating can be a side effect of constipation. Try to eat more fiber-filled foods to help relieve constipation.
12. You’ve recently changed your exercise routine
The type of exercise you do can also cause bloating. This is because exercise can cause gas and bloating.
Try to minimize the amount of time you spend exercising. You can also try other forms of exercise instead, such as yoga, walking, or meditation.
13. You’re not eating enough fiber
People with bloating have a lower fiber intake.
To remedy this, you can try adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet.
14. You’re not eating enough roughage
To get enough roughage, you need to eat a variety of foods.
If you’re not eating enough roughage, you can also try adding more fiber-filled foods to your diet.
15. You’re not eating enough fruits and fiber-filled foods
You need to eat a variety of fruits and fiber-filled foods to get enough roughage.
16. You’re not eating enough vegetables
To get enough vegetables, you’ll need to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
17. You have diarrhea
If you have diarrhea, you may experience bloating. This is because bloating is a symptom of diarrhea.
Other symptoms of diarrhea include feeling nauseous, having abdominal cramps, and passing dry and bloody stools.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should see your doctor. They can determine the cause of your diarrhea and recommend a treatment plan.
18. You’ve recently had a bowel movement
Bloating can be a symptom of a bowel movement. You may experience:
You should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Can I control the size of my bloat?
If you’ve tried diet and lifestyle changes to get rid of bloating, but your bloating is still an issue, you may want to consider surgical options.
You can do this by making an appointment with a gastroenterologist (GI). They can perform a small, laparoscopic surgical procedure called a rectopexy.
During this surgery, they’ll insert a small incision into your rectum so they can remove the extra tissue. This can help reduce the size of your rectum.
If you have a large rectal prolapse, you won’t be able to have a rectopexy.
You can also try taking medications to reduce the size of your rectum. These medications include:
- Lifestyle changes
Can I prevent bloating?
The following lifestyle and dietary changes may help prevent bloating:
- Avoiding foods high in fiber and roughage. These include whole grains, raw vegetables, and fruits.
- Eating more low-fat dairy products.
- Eating more fiber-filled foods.
- Eating fewer foods that are difficult to digest.
- Drinking more water.
The following dietary changes may also help prevent bloating:
- Eating more lean proteins.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables.
- Eating fewer high-fat foods.
- Eating fewer high-fiber foods.
- Eating more water.
The following lifestyle changes may also help reduce bloating:
- Avoiding foods that are high in fat and protein.
- Eating more low-fat dairy products and lean proteins.
- Eating more fiber-filled foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
- Eating foods that are easy to digest.
- Drinking more water and avoiding beverages high in sugar.
- Eating more high-fiber foods.
- Eating more high-protein foods.
When should I see a doctor?
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor:
- Rectal pain
- Stool that is pale, gray, or black in color
- Stool that is very loose
- Blood in your stool
These symptoms are all symptoms of a more serious condition. These conditions can include:
- A rectal prolapse, which is a condition in which your rectum is pushed out of place.
- An anal fissure, which is a condition in which your rectum tears open.
- Perianal abscess.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should immediately see your doctor. They can prescribe medication or recommend an urgent procedure.
How is this treated?
If you have a rectal prolapse, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix it.
Reconstructive surgery is a procedure in which your doctor will fix the prolapse.
Surgery can be done in a few different ways:
- Surgical repair. Your doctor will insert a mesh tube into your rectum. This will help support the prolapse and hold it in place.
- Suture technique. Your doctor will insert stitches into your anus to help support the prolapse.
- Anterior sagittal anoplasty (Lichtenstein). Your doctor will use a scalpel to make a cut in your rectum. They will then pull your rectum into place.
Your doctor may also recommend rectopexy to reduce the size of your rectum.
If your prolapse is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove it. This is called a proctectomy.
The bottom line
You can treat bloating by changing your diet and incorporating exercises, activities, and supplements.
If you’re experiencing bloating as a symptom of a medical condition, you should see your doctor. They can help you determine the cause of
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