Can’t fasten the clasp on your khakis? You might blame it on retaining water, but the truth is that most bloating is caused by gas, says Dr. Alan Cockeram, a Saint John, N.B., gastroenterogist. Unpassed gas in your abdomen and intestinal tract can make your stomach feel like a balloon. What causes it and how can you deflate? Here are four common culprits and cures, plus strategies on how to deal with water retention when it really is the problem.
Last night’s bean burrito
When the large intestine breaks down fibre-rich foods such as beans, which contain raffinose sugar, it sometimes generates large amounts of gas.
Eating too quickly or over indulging in carbonated beverages and excessive gum chewing all fill the belly.
A diet that is low in fibre creates hardened stools, which may cause constipation. Insufficient fluid intake and activity can also make you constipated.
Stress may irritate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), whish is associated with intestinal contractions during digestion that are too intense or not intense enough, causing diarrhea or constipation and gas.
That time of the month
When you are premenstrual, hormonal fluctuations and craving into salty food occurs. Those cravings can cause water retention.