Bloat deceives people. Some people may mistakenly think that they need help reducing their stomach, when in fact bloat is the major cause. Since plastic surgery cannot solve bloat problems, we thought it would be good to help our readers with information on the biggest bloat-causing culprit - food.
But first, let’s talk about bloat.
Abdominal bloating is a medical state. It causes people to feel as though their stomach is swollen. They may feel full or even have gas.
Many conditions cause bloating, but food does, too. If you suffer from bloating because of food, it’s always a good idea to explore the cause of the bloat by seeing a physician.
If food is the reason you’re bloated, you can usually avoid it by staying away from these foods:
The fiber is great in whole grains, and can keep you feeling full for longer. The only problem is that if you don’t drink enough water, it can be difficult for your digestive system to process. As it sits waiting for digestion, your stomach can start to swell with air.
Beans don’t only result in flatulence, it can also bloat you. Beans are hard to break down, so your intestinal bacteria has to work harder than with other foods. You can make it easier on your body by soaking fresh beans overnight before cooking.
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Brussel Sprouts
Cruciferous vegetables are great for your health. The problem is that it has indigestible sugar – raffinose, something your body can’t break down. It’s best to cook or steam these vegetables well before eating to make breaking them down easier.
The sodium content in frozen meals can be high. It’s gotten better with the healthier brands at the market today, but there are still some out there that can easily exceed the daily sodium intake the United States Department of Agriculture recommends – 2,300 milligrams a day. The sodium is what causes water retention, which then swells the stomach (and other areas of the body such as the ankles!).
When It’s More Than Bloat
If you’ve checked with your physician and tried to stay away from bloat-causing foods but you’re still unhappy with your stomach, consider speaking to one of our experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeons in NYC and Long Island. We offer several different solutions to help reduce the size of the tummy area, including tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and laser liposuction.
We have an office in Commack, Long Island and Manhattan. We offer free consultations Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.