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5 Types Of Tummy Bloating That Aren’t Caused By Excess Fat

Almost everyone who has struggled with losing weight at least once in their life will know that losing that belly fat is as hard as getting a Ph.D. If you used to have a flat tummy but have packed on some timber around the stomach recently, it might not be only down to weight gain and excess belly fat. As a matter of fact, there are more reasons that can make a stomach bulge and Stylecraze presents five of them.

1. Air belly

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Although this may sound weird, air gets trapped in the intestines and bloats the abdomen. The only way this air will move out is in the form of flatulence or through the mouth in the form of belching. If you are feeling anxious, you may be swallowing more air than normal as every time you feel short of breath, you inhale rapidly. Thus, your stress levels and mental state might also be to blame for your stomach bloating.

What should you do?

To avoid swallowing excess air, you need to eat and drink slowly. Chew the food well and keep your mouth closed. Note that smoking also makes you inhale more air than normal. Also, carbonated drinks release carbon dioxide into the body, which again means just a little more gas.

2. Water belly

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Water retention or fluid retention happens when there is excess fluid in some of your body parts. In this case – the stomach. This accumulation might be another bodily reaction to stress. If there is an imbalance in the electrolytes in the body, you may experience fluid retention. Your hands and feet may also swell as a result of fluid retention, as well as your abdomen. Mostly, it’s a temporary condition, but in rare cases, edema in the abdomen could also be indicative of cardiac, pulmonary, or renal complications.

What should you do?

Keep track of your weight in case you notice abrupt changes. Don’t consume food that is too salty or high in sodium. Also, lying down to defy the effects of gravity will reduce the swelling. And of course, drink lots of water.

3. Gas belly

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Excess gas in the stomach may occur if certain foods aren’t properly digested. Have you burped incessantly after eating certain foods? This may be because of food items like cabbage, onions, and others fiber-rich ones that produce gas after digestion. It may also mean intolerance to certain foods. Apart from undigested food, bacteria in the stomach can also lead to gas and bloating.

What should you do?

Identify any triggers that may mean food intolerance. Also, consume probiotic foods to increase the population of good bacteria in the gut and promote efficient digestion. Make sure you minimize sugary and starchy foods for a while.

4. Cystic belly

One of the apparent symptoms of an ovarian cyst is a swelling of the abdomen. Once a month, an egg is released in the follicles of the ovary. Sometimes, the follicle doesn’t release an egg when there is fluid accumulation inside the follicle that causes the cyst. You may not feel any symptoms and the cyst goes away. However, if you experience pain in the pelvic region, bowel inconvenience or excessive bleeding, visit your doctor.

What should you do?

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A functional cyst usually doesn’t require any action. You may need to do tests like a CT scan, a Doppler Test, and some hormonal tests to analyze the problem. If the problem is bigger, surgery may be needed.

5. Constipated belly

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Constipation is defined as reduced bowel movement or difficulty in passing stool. However, this process is subjective and sometimes it may be normal. Some of the causes of constipation may be dietary inadequacies. Low amount of dietary fiber or dehydration may also lead to constipation, which eventually leads to bloating.

What should you do?

Consumption of sufficient dietary fiber and keeping yourself hydrated are most important. Also, make sure you eat meals at fixed and regular intervals. Avoid caffeine intake and get plenty of exercise.

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Here are some exercises you can do while working at the office to help you finally get that flat belly you always wanted.

 * This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.
Source: stylecraze

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