Friday, January 27, 2017


Bloating is a common problem for the people who do not eat consciously. Developing a pot belly soon after the holiday season is common because of overindulgence of food. However, have you ever experienced bloating even when you have consumed normal portions of a meal? Severe case of bloating can cause the abdomen to swell. Here are some of the foods that cause gastric problems and bloating and the detrimental effects these have on our health:

1.    Grains
Whole grains, such as, rye and wheat contain a high amount of fiber. However, even whole grains cause gastric troubles and bloating because of the same reason. Since the grains contain a high amount of indigestible fructose carbohydrate, it causes bloating. When the intake of high-fiber content is increased, bloating may further lead to worst case scenarios — diarrhea or constipation. People who have glucose intolerance can have severe implication on the ingestion of grains. Their small intestine’s lining can get damaged. Furthermore, even if you are not gluten-intolerant, high content of insoluble fiber can undergo the process of fermentation by the bacteria present in the digestive tract, which will cause gas. It is essential to drink plenty of water when you increase the intake of fiber rich diet.

2.    Rice
Consuming white rice is one of the reasons why you may experience your belly ballooning with time. This is because white rice is highly refined and the proteins, nutrients and fiber have been scythed off. Consequently, you may develop a bigger waistline alongside other cascading effects of rapid digestion of white rice — spiking insulin levels, higher fat storing capacity. White rice feels lighter —therefore, it is easier for a person to indulge in overeating because of the lower satiety levels. Moreover, rice contains carbohydrates. It is a well-known fact that carbohydrates attract water. This, coupled with the low fiber content, causes the belly to expand. It is essential that you pair high-carb meals with proteins and reduce the portions. Also, simply by supplanting your diet with brown rice will make a huge difference. However, remember that you will have to increase your water intake with the high fiber brown rice, or else, you will suffer bloating.

3.    Pasta
Pasta is prepared from wheat, which means that it is rich in starches — the main cause of stomach bloating. Red pasta sauce is composed of tomatoes, which may cause allergic reactions in some consumers. The white sauce, on the other hand, contains lactose. Some people are lactose intolerant. This intolerance can cause stomach cramping, bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Reheated pasta may also intensify the pain caused by IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

If you experience the fullness of abdomen and a rotund belly often, it is essential that you visit a physician and make sure whether bloating is being caused by a medical condition, such as liver or gall bladder problems, lactose intolerance, or bowel obstruction.

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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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