Feeling Nauseous And Tired And Bloated
Feeling Nauseous And Tired And Bloated: Bloat is an old word that has been used for many years to describe the feeling you may have experienced when your stomach feels full but still seems unable to hold all the food inside it. It’s not just fat people who get bloated – anyone can feel this way! In fact, bloating affects up to 80% of us at some point in our lives. The symptoms are uncomfortable, ranging from mild indigestion to severe pain. If you’ve ever had gas pains, heartburn, or constipation accompanied by a swollen abdomen then you’ll know what we mean.
What Causes Bloating?
There are two main types of bloating: oedematous (swelling) and non-oedematous (non-swollen). Oedema occurs when fluid collects between layers of the intestinal wall resulting in increased pressure on the muscle layer which leads to spasm. This results in cramps, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal discomfort, and other symptoms. Non-oedematous bloating instead involves swelling caused by trapped air within the intestines leading to a distention sensation, usually accompanied by pain. Other symptoms include generalised weakness, weight gain, low energy levels, headaches, and lethargy.
The causes of both forms of bloating are diverse and can be divided into three categories – temporary, short term, or long term.
Temporary Reasons For Feeling Sick & Tired
These reasons are often linked together because they tend to happen at around the same time each day and typically disappear once the trigger stops. They’re often caused by poor diet, irregular lifestyle habits, or overindulgence of certain foods. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), lactose intolerance, and diabetes are examples of common triggers. Eating too much rich or spicy food, especially fried food, can also result in bloating, sickness, and fatigue.
Short Term Reasons For Nausea & Fatigue
As with temporary causes, these factors will pass after only a few days if you take action to correct them. However, they’re important to identify so that you don’t cause more harm than good. Some of the most common culprits are excess salt intake, drinking black coffee, alcohol consumption, smoking, and dehydration.
Long Term Reasons For Bloating, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Weight Gain & Weakness
If you experience any of these symptoms for longer periods then it could be a sign of a serious medical condition and should be checked out by your GP. These issues are usually associated with irritable bowel disease (IBD), colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease, tuberculosis, appendicitis, gallstones, liver problems, kidney stones, thyroid dysfunction, infections, parasites, metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders, pregnancy, and even aging.
How Can I Stop Myself From Getting Bloated?
It’s difficult to stop yourself from getting bloated without taking drastic measures like fasting or cutting out entire food groups. Instead, try reducing your sodium intake, avoiding processed foods, and consuming lots of water. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is another useful tip. Although they might help you relax, they can also make things worse. When stressed, drink plenty of fluids and avoid sugary drinks. Finally, consider adding probiotic supplements to your daily routine to boost your immune system and fight off harmful bacteria.
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