What causes belly bloat?
Waking up with a bloated stomach is the bane of everyone’s existence. But before you start blaming your puffy tummy on gas or PMS, you should know that bloating can also be a side effect of other conditions like diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, a food allergy or intolerance, and even ovarian cancer. For persistent belly bloat, seek a physician’s advice to get the help you need.
Eat at the dinner table
Lying down in bed and shoveling a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in your mouth is the perfect recipe for morning bloat. “If you lay down at night to munch, that allows gas to go down into your lower abdomen,” says James Reynolds, MD, a physician from Penn Gastroenterology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Ideally, you should be sitting upright when you eat so if you do swallow excess air, it encourages the gas to go up and out versus down and in.” You should also eat slowly and avoid gulping your drink during your meals; inhaling your food and drinking while you eat can also increase air intake and the risk of developing gas later on. Consuming vegetables like asparagus, bok choy, and celery throughout the day are great options for keeping your belly bloat-free.