Bloating is often a side effect of overeating or eating a lot of "roughage." Vegetables can cause bloat if you eat too much too. Gastrointestinal disorders, such as IBS and lactose intolerance, also create bloat. Do you know what does not create bloat? Passing a bowel movement does not. Here is how you can successfully beat your own cases of bloat by having a bowel movement.
Eat Smaller Meals and Pass BMs More Often
If you eat smaller meals, your stomach will digest your food faster. Less food means less bloat from too much food in the gut. Less food in the gut means a fast track to the "end zone." Passing more and smaller stools leaves less time for your body to develop gas and bloating. Yes, it may be slightly annoying to go to the bathroom more often, but it beats trying to squish into your jeans and fighting the pain of an overly full stomach.
Using a Natural, Non-Stimulant Laxative
If you have IBS, then you know how painful and difficult it is to pass a stool. You also know that you feel relief when you do and that you cannot use a stimulant laxative to make it go faster. Use a natural, non-stimulant laxative to get your stools to move. That helps the stools move faster with less pain and less bloat. Bloat is a very big part of the pain for IBS sufferers, so if you can eliminate sooner on a non-stimulant laxative, you remove the chance of gases building up in your gut and causing that painful bloat.
Avoid Fermented Products
People who love their sauerkraut pay for it in more ways than one. If you love fermented foods like pickled herring and kraut, it may be time to give them up. These foods automatically create foul clouds of gas in your stomach before they even hit your intestines. It does not get better from there, since these clouds of gas get worse as the fermented foods become more rotten in the gut. In fact, the most bloat you could ever experience comes from eating foods that are already technically rotten.
Not eating these foods cuts out all of that gas. No gas equals no bloat. No bloat equals no pain, no tight pants, no suffering, and bowel movements that are easier to pass. (They are also far less foul for your housemates and family.) If you're dealing with bloating and stomach pain consistently, it's time to see a doctor.