Fizzy drinks lift the stomach meridian, causing heartburn, belching, and reflux. Chewing gum initiates peristalsis without the presence of food, that causes puffiness in the gut. Avoid artificial sweeteners, "health" bars, painkillers and sports drinks as they feed "bad"gut bacteria and cause bloating. Keep cruciferous veggies and beans as they contain carbs and fibers that are hard to digest.
Feeling bloated is one of the most common complaints many people experience on a daily basis. While the majority of them have a major bacterial imbalance, there are some other not so well-known reasons for bloating that you can experiment with and find out if they are relevant in your case.
7 Foods That Could Leave You Bloated
1. Carbonated Beverages
While I adore carbonated mineral waters I do know for a fact that these and others, soda I can’t even discuss, are so unhealthy period. They can and do create bloating.
To my mind, this occurs because in Chinese Medical Theory, TCM, the stomach meridian is supposed to descend. When you drink carbonated beverages you are encouraging it to ascend. This is called “rebellious qi”. Rebellious qi causes this symptom as well as heartburn, belching, and reflux.
2. Chewing Gum
The Central Nervous System, CNS, initiates peristalsis, the smooth wave-like action of food moving through the system via chewing. When repeatedly chewing and no food appears this system is disrupted, causing bloating.
3. Artificial Sweeteners
They are undesirable in all respects but they also lead to bloat. This occurs because they are digested or fermented in the colon and not in the small intestine leading to odorous gas and bloating.
4. OTC Painkillers-NSAIDS
It is widely recognized that these drugs wreck havoc on the gut. One of the signs is bloating. Consider acupuncture or mind-body therapies.
5. Sports Drinks Or Other Sweetened Beverages
Sports drinks feed inappropriate bacteria in your gut causing them to explode. You may also feel like you will explode.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables And Beans
They contain carbohydrates and fibers that may be tough for your body to digest. Especially, if you eat them infrequently.
7. Soy Protein Isolates
In many “health” bars and foods, these are not natural foods and can cause bloating in susceptible people.
Hopefully, this information helps. If not, definitely consider getting to the cause as bloating is besides uncomfortable as all heck a definite sign your digestion needs attention.