What could be a reason for the holiday time bloat? Constipation.
Most of us enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating and drinking without thinking, but then going “back to reality” doesn’t always go smoothly. One reason for that bloat can be constipation.
Constipation is usually when food is moving too slowly through the digestive tract or is unable to be eliminated by the rectum fully. In the United States, 16 out of every 100 people have symptoms of constipation, and it can affect any age and any population.
Constipation itself is not a disease, but it may be a symptom of another chronic, long-standing problem. Sometimes we have constipation and bloat that can be affected by periods of time where our diet has changed (i.e. eating different foods or travel over holiday breaks), but if the feeling of bloat is staying around longer, then you may need to seek out further medical assessment to rule out other reasons behind your constipation.
Per National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), constipation is defined as a condition in which you may have:
But just because you have had symptoms of constipation in the past, doesn’t mean you should be hopeless to prevent it from happening, or at the very least, reducing its potential impact on your holiday season. Here are some easy ways to help ease bloating:
Some or all of these things may help you enjoy your holidays a little more comfortably. But if you find that you are having more chronic constipation, and have difficulty managing, we are here to help at Rebalance PT! Contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Written by Katelyn Brady, PT, DPT, Cert MDT
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases (NIDDK). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Retrieved October 31, 2022, from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, January 5). How much fiber is found in common foods? Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 31, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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