by Andrea Albright
Have you ever looked down at your belly and gasped! How could it have bloated up so quickly? Or maybe you’ve had one of those depressing days when you go to put on your favorite pair of jeans… and they won’t button up.
What’s going on here?
How can the belly get so bloated so quickly?
Let me share a secret with you…
Being “bloated” is really a sign that your body is trying to protect itself from something that you ate, drank or ingested in some way.
See, if you’ve been reading these newsletters for a while, then you know I often talk about how complicated but EFFICIENT our bodies are at
doing EXACTLY what they need to do.
And one of the most important jobs your body has is to protect itself against foods that cause an irritation INSIDE your system.
And it does this by “bloating” itself up.
But you see, this “bloating” may look awful on the outside, but INSIDE of you it is a very beautiful thing.
The cells are filling up with water so that that the irritation (from the food you ate) will not cause too much harm.
This “bloating” is a protection system that has been designed by your EFFICIENT and MIRACULOUS body to protect you.
When there are big chemical changes inside your body, your body hangs onto water to surround the cells. This “water bath” protects each
individual cell from being harmed by this change of chemistry inside of you.
Here are some of the things that can cause this “bloating reaction”:
1. Eating Lots Of Salt
Now I’m sure you’ve heard that salt causes you to “hold onto water”… but have you ever wondered, why?
Salt consists of sodium and chloride ions.
And when you eat salt, the sodium concentration inside your blood goes up. This is what is called “salinity”.
In other words, salt increases your salinity, and you have more sodium in your body.
Why is this a bad thing?
Too much sodium concentration in your blood causes your nervous system to misfire and short-circuit.
Not a good thing.
Without getting into too much of the detailed science, basically every nervous impulse in your bo dy is regulated by a sodium and potassium ion channel.
So can you see how having TOO MUCH sodium would throw all of the nervous system out of whack?
Well, your body can’t let that happen.
So it holds onto water until the sodium concentration inside your blood is brought back down to a healthy level. Here’s an interesting fact…
The salinity (sodium concentration) of YOUR blood is the same as EVERY mammal on the planet… and it’s also the SAME as the salinity in the ocean.
Pretty interesting, huh?
That means that there is a PERFECT BALANCE of the amount of salt where life can thrive.
So when you raise your salinity level by eating a bunch of salt, then your body gets thirsty and you think “I need more water” and it holds onto that water until the salinity drops down again.
Your body has no choice but to hold onto that water.
Your body is fighting to keep you alive!
Makes you think twice about being “angry” at your tummy for being all bloated, huh? Your body is protecting you from the
dangerous levels of sodium concentration inside of you. And it does this by holding onto water… and that’s what causes this “bloating” all over your body and especially in your tummy.
So how do you get rid of the salt once you have eaten it?
The best thing to do is to drink a lot of water and sweat it out.
Sweating is actually the most efficient way to remove sodium from your blood.
#2. Food Allergies
The second thing that causes bloating are food allergies.
Now the food allergies are hard to recognize because each person can have a different degree of reaction from these allergies.
Some people eat a food and immediately they’re rushed to the hospital because their face swells up, and their throat closes up cutting off the air passage.
This is an extreme case.
But most of us have more of a food “sensitivity” than an allergy.
And this is why it is so easy to NOT notice the signs.
One of the biggest signs of having a food allergy is bloating.
After you eat a food that you are allergic to, your body gets inflamed. The inflammation is away for your body to protect itself from the allergens
that are caused by eating the food.
Again, your body is trying to PROTECT itself from this foreign substance that it does NOT like. The food is causing an allergic reaction
(even if it’s a very subtle one)…
And your body is swelling up with water to dilute the chemical reaction that is happening INSIDE of you.
Just like when your skin brushes up against poison ivy and it gets all puffed up and inflamed, it’s the same inflammation reaction that is taking place INSIDE of you when you eat a food you are allergic to.
But here’s where it gets really crazy…
When you have an allergic reaction, you also release the hormone cortisol which is a hormone released when you are under stress.
And this makes sense, right?
Because your body IS under stress… It is being attacked by a foreign substance that your body is having an allergic reaction to.
That sounds stressful to me.
But when your body releases this “stress hormone”… it feels REALLY good.
Why would that happen?
Well, your body has been designed for thousands of years to manage stressful times and situations. It wants you to get through this difficult time, so that you will keep on living.
That’s your body’s job… to protect you so that you can thrive for a very long time.
And so it releases this hormone, cortisol when you are under a lot of stress… but it also releases dopamine (the pleasure hormone) to make you feel good when your body is under attack.
Your body is inflamed and fighting for the survival of your individual cells but it is also fighting to make you feel GOOD while it is under attack.
That would all be okay… if it happened on a RARE occasion. But what if you’re eating these foods that you’re allergic to EVERY DAY?
And this is unfortunately exactly what happens with most people.
They continue to eat these foods that are causing an allergic reaction because when they do, they get this “shot” of pleasure from
This “shot” of pleasure is very powerful, and very addictive. It’s like a heroin addict getting addicted to the drug heroin because it releases all those pleasurable hormones in an un-natural way.
Well, it’s the same when you eat foods to get this “high”.
So in other words, you become ADDICTED to the foods that they you are ALLERGIC to.
Pretty crazy, huh?!
And what does this do for the bloating?