How to Avoid Abdominal Inflammation

Stomach pains

When you’re experiencing abdominal inflammation, the last thing on your mind is how appealing your stomach looks. You’re probably worried about your health. The swelling could be a symptom of a more serious illness. Try not to worry too much. It’s likely that your swollen belly is a reaction to something altogether more benign.

Still, forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes. Abdominal inflammation is not just a little niggle. It can be an offshoot of more serious issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, for instance. If you don’t suffer from IBS, you’ll want to know what else can cause you stomach discomfort and bloating so that you can avoid it as much as possible.

To this end, we’re going to outline a few of the most common causes of abdominal swelling. We’ll also give you some ideas about how to treat it and – ultimately – how to prevent it leading to bigger health problems.

Constipation conundrum

When your body isn’t eliminating waste properly, constipation is the usual result. As a bonus prize, you get a swollen tummy to go along with it. Take heart. It’s a fairly common problem and it’s normally quite easy to address. It can be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds and legumes. These foods provide fibre. Combine this healthy diet with a bit of physical movement and some extra fluids and you’ll soon be waving goodbye to Greedy cake eater

Woah, there. Slow your roll. That food’s not going anywhere! When you shovel food into your gob at lightning speed, you’re inhaling loads of air along with your meal. This, of course, could very well mean a swollen belly, post-repast. You’re also setting yourself up for indigestion – and you know that’s not a nice place to be. So, we’d recommend that you take a more leisurely approach. Savour your food. It gives your brain time to communicate with your stomach to let it know that it’s getting enough food. You feel fuller, but you eat a more moderate amount of food. There are really no downsides to this. Slow down and enjoy…

Baby blues?

If you’re sexually active – even if you’re careful about birth control – it’s worth consideration that there’s another potential reason for persistent swelling in your abdomen. Is it possible that you’re pregnant? This could be a good time to get to the chemist and buy a pregnancy test. You never know. By the way, if you are pregnant, do take care of yourself and the person growing inside of you. You’ll want to do your pest to prevent any problems during gestation.

Holding water

Have you suddenly developed a knack for retaining fluid? This is a condition that will cause abdominal inflammation. If you suspect that your body’s holding on to liquids, see your GP. This could be a symptom of a much more serious illness.

Junky diet

Cornucopia of fruit

Our last word of wisdom: abdominal swelling is generally the result of poor diet or ill-advised lifestyle choices. Prevention is key, so we’d love it if you’d ensure that you’re eating foods that are rich in fibre along with fresh fruits and vegetables to ease your digestive transit. Your stomach will jump for joy when it’s not feeling the pressure of bloat – and, in all likelihood, this will have the aesthetically pleasing fringe benefit of a flatter tummy. Bon appetit!