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Working women are more likely to experience bloating than those who aren’t, research finds

You rarely hear a man complaining about how bloated he’s feeling. It seems stomach discomfort mainly affects women.

Research by Activia revealed an astonishing 90 per cent of Australian women experience regular episodes of tummy troubles, which include pain, gas and gut gurgles.

They found that one in three (34 per cent) women admitted they bailed on family or friends due to digestive problems, and working women (49 percent) reveal they are more likely to experience stomach upset than non working women (37 per cent).

So, why is this? Danone nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge explains to The Healthy Mummy exactly what causes bloating and how to beat it.

Research finds working women are more likely to experience tummy troubles than those who aren’t working
It seems stomach discomfort mainly affects women. Source: iStock

Why is it that women struggle with tummy problems? Are we not going to toilet regularly?

One of the findings from this research is that there are three particular moments when women experience digestive discomfort: firstly, eating a heavy meal, followed by having takeaway or junk food and thirdly, when we are stressed.

Why does bloating effect working women more than those who stay at home?

Stress is a big trigger for gut health problems, it plays havoc with our digestive tract. So, when trying to balance all the stresses of life; work, home life, children and social lives, bloating and digestive discomfort will often occur.

Research finds working women are more likely to experience tummy troubles than those who aren’t working
Eating junk food and takeaway are triggers for bloating. Source: iStock

Do we have more tummy troubles these days because of what we now eat?

Eating a heavy meal and eating junk food and takeaway are triggers for bloating and tummy troubles. As most of us are busy either at home or work, we look for quick and convenient food that is often damaging to our gut.

However, another big part of the issue is that women tend to be silent about digestive discomfort, feeling uncomfortable talking about their bloating. This means women are silently suffering and not doing the right things to help their gut.

Why does it affect women more than men?

The research did find that overall, more women were experiencing digestive discomfort symptoms than men.

Part of the reason is that bloating before, during and after periods is very common. During your period, hormonal changes can increase gas in your gastrointestinal tract and cause bloating. Water retention in your abdomen may also lead to bloating. 

The survey found that over half of all Aussie women (58 per cent) have emergency loose fitting clothing in their wardrobe to cover up bloating, and nearly half (48 per cent) have reduced or removed certain food groups entirely from their diet, such as wheat and sugar to manage their digestive issues.

Exercising in moderation will help our digestive health. Source: Supplied

What else helps reduce bloat?

There are a range of things we can do to help with digestive discomfort like eating probiotic rich foods. Probiotics are scientifically proven to improve some digestive complaints. Food like good quality yoghurts without added sugar, or other probiotic rich foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, and kefir are great for gut health.

Outside of food, exercising in moderation will help our digestive health. It’s important to keep our stress levels moderated as well. Daily walks, stretching and yoga are all encouraged as forms of gentle exercise if you are not keen on high intensity training, bicycling or weights.

If you are want to beat the bloat, not to mention help improve your overall health and wellbeing, our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

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Nutritional Info & Ingredients

TUMMY nutritional info

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