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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


I've seen a lot of posts about "What can I do to make my stomach not so bloaty for my shoots?" ... so I thought I'd compile a list of everything I've personally experienced or heard/seen from others so far that made our stomachs bloaty smile

1. Food babies can cause bloating. Eat lightly and every 1-2 hours rather than gorging all at once to keep your tummy level.

2. High sodium. Having a high sodium diet can make your body retain more water. Water retention = bloat!

3. Various birth control pills. Although birth control pills are not guaranteed to cause bloating (pills react differently with different people), some certainly can. Talk to your doctor if you feel your birth control is causing you to bloat.

4. Fiber pills. They actually have a side effect of bloating depending on which fiber pills you take! I personally experienced the worst bloating in my life when I took fiber pills. I highly recommend going the natural route and changing your diet to get more of your daily fiber requirement than popping medication for it.

5. Carbonated drinks. Carbonation = gas = can cause bloating.

... that's all I can think of so far. Do you guys have any potential causes for bloating to add? smile
Apr 29 13 05:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,971
Portland, Oregon, US


some medications have that side effect  sad
Apr 29 13 05:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
Posts: 3,151
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


also conditions such as Celiac Sprue (gluten intolerance), lactose intolerance and for women... ovarian cancer...  PMS also ....just to name a few others....
Apr 29 13 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 7,109
New York, New York, US


How to Help Prevent or Stop Bloating

Try Beano: Oz says this product can help in the battle of the bloat.

"Beano has changed my life," he said. "It digests [the sugar] that is in a lot of these products."

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: In addition to soda, there may be artificial sweeteners in foods you don't expect, such as yogurts or reduced-calorie foods.

Seek Out Gluten-Free Foods: If gluten is troublesome for you, Oz said to seek out "gluten-free products that are readily available in every major store -- there is even gluten in ice cream."

Look for Dairy-Free Products or Those Containing Lactase: There are a wide variety of foods in grocery stores made from soy products or rice products.

"They are made of products that don't have lactose in them," Oz said.

Over-the-Counter Products: Oz recommends products that have simethicone, an active ingredient in medications such as Gas-X and Mylanta.

These products "will dissolve [gas bubbles] pretty quickly," he said. "It's wonderful for us for many reasons."

Bloating Can Be a Symptom of Another Problem

Oz says bloating can be a symptom of more serious health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and even ovarian cancer. If you're concerned, or if your bloating isn't getting better, always check with your doctor.

Click here for more information about "The Dr. Oz Show."

Click
Apr 29 13 05:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


That Oz fellow has a lot of helpful things to say!
Apr 29 13 06:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 36,421
Columbus, Ohio, US


Lying in a field dead for a couple of days.

Couple bowls of my bean n ham soup. smile
Apr 29 13 06:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 7,109
New York, New York, US


IDiivil wrote:
That Oz fellow has a lot of helpful things to say!

I watch the show sometimes. He has a lot of good info, on the "Own" network.

Apr 29 13 06:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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B R E N N A N
Posts: 4,093
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Caffeine and alcohol are oft overlooked causes of bloating (though you will have to pry my caffeine from my dead, bloated hands to make me give it up).
Apr 29 13 06:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 7,109
New York, New York, US


B R E N N A N wrote:
Caffeine and alcohol are oft overlooked causes of bloating (though you will have ti pry my caffeine from my dead, bloated hands to make me give it up).

I guess I will die bloated! big_smile

Apr 29 13 06:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


B R E N N A N wrote:
Caffeine and alcohol are oft overlooked causes of bloating (though you will have ti pry my caffeine from my dead, bloated hands to make me give it up).

Wow, that surprises me. I never thought caffeine could do it. Maybe me sticking with 5 Hour Energy over coffee was a good choice after all >___>

(I'm sorry, liver!)

Apr 29 13 06:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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GRMACK
Posts: 1,807
Bakersfield, California, US


I know a lot of gassy vegetarians too, especially the broccoli eating ones.  Okay.  The banana eating ones too.

Some vegetarians here spend far too much time dusting off the sidewalks.  The CARB (California Air Resources Board) should be writing citations on some of them.
Apr 29 13 06:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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GRMACK
Posts: 1,807
Bakersfield, California, US


IDiivil wrote:

Wow, that surprises me. I never thought caffeine could do it. Maybe me sticking with 5 Hour Energy over coffee was a good choice after all >___>

(I'm sorry, liver!)

Caffeine is actually a bowel stimulant and encourages the gut's peristalsis, and a lot of it is somewhat like a laxative.  Some of the Hollywood crowd run to those coffee enema cleansing things like some sort of health resort.

Carbonated anything can cause bloat.

Apr 29 13 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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DaniNikole
Posts: 129
Sacramento, California, US


I drink probiotics like kefir every day and stopped drinking caffeine and noticed I look and feel a lot less bloated smile
And drink lots of water
Apr 29 13 07:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Anna Adrielle
Posts: 18,762
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium


I rarely bloat from water retention. For me, bloating is gas piling up in the lower part of my belly. Very annoying, and making it painful to suck in my stomach. Unfortunately, I have no idea what causes it, it's completely random sad
Apr 30 13 06:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Laina Vandekieft
Posts: 21
Baltimore, Maryland, US


I second the wheat and dairy! Stay awaaaaay. Antibiotics, too. Probiotics help me and I try to eat stuff like hummus/chips, nuts, and fruit all day when I'm at a shoot. And green shakes, haha. That seems to give me easily digestible and balanced energy without the sugar spikes, but I definitely have to eat every freaking hour.
Apr 30 13 06:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Saedcantas
Posts: 445
Saint Saviour, Saint Saviour, United Kingdom


Undiagnosed food intolerances or GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disease)

I now know I have had a lifelong severe intolerance to all members of the onion family (so that's garlic too!)

If I eat even a tablespoon of ketchup (they have garlic and/or onion powder in them) I look like I've been inflated with a bicycle pump pelvis to sternum!!!

So as a result I have developed chronic GERD. I now react with bloating to caffeine, carbonation, chocolate, alcohol, tomato, onion family, peanuts, bell peppers, cheese...

If you have unexplained or rapid bloating after eating consider investigating it smile
Apr 30 13 01:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


Laina Vandekieft wrote:
I second the wheat and dairy! Stay awaaaaay. Antibiotics, too. Probiotics help me and I try to eat stuff like hummus/chips, nuts, and fruit all day when I'm at a shoot. And green shakes, haha. That seems to give me easily digestible and balanced energy without the sugar spikes, but I definitely have to eat every freaking hour.

I'm always worried about fruits because it gives me a weird acid reflux sad Do you experience this at all?

Apr 30 13 04:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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MelissaAnn
Posts: 3,876
Seattle, Washington, US


***Refined sugar, carbonated beverages, salty foods, dairy, excessive protein & fat (large steaks, burgers, etc), or any sudden and unusual change to my diet all cause bloating.

To avoid bloating before/during shoots I do the following:

1. Avoid all of the above items & any heavy meals for 48 hours prior to shooting. 

2. Start drinking plenty of hot lemon water & green tea 24 hours prior (hydrates & cleanses).

3. Drink 8 oz. of Kefir probiotic  http://www.lifeway.net/ the morning of the shoot.  Kefir has natural enzymes/good bacteria that help digest sugars and eat bad bacteria in the gut. This helps eliminate any gas that may be present. Must be taken on an empty stomach, no food for at least an hour before/after drinking.

4. Eat a banana or other small piece of fruit, and drink one of these http://guayaki.com/product/341/Lemon-Or … ck%29.html (for energy + the caffeine helps eliminate any last minute water weight) 2 hours before shooting.

5. Sip water throughout the shoot, and avoid eating anything else until after the shoot is over.

My tummy is super-flat for shoots whenever I stick to the above steps. If the shoot is really long, and I start getting low blood sugar, I'll eat half of an oatmeal raisin walnut Cliff bar, or a small piece of fruit, or some baby carrots.  smile
Apr 30 13 08:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
Posts: 33,407
The Woodlands, Texas, US


DougBPhoto wrote:
some medications have that side effect  sad

Prednisone lol.  Hate that stuff.

Apr 30 13 09:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
Posts: 33,407
The Woodlands, Texas, US


GRMACK wrote:

Caffeine is actually a bowel stimulant and encourages the gut's peristalsis, and a lot of it is somewhat like a laxative.  Some of the Hollywood crowd run to those coffee enema cleansing things like some sort of health resort.

Carbonated anything can cause bloat.

Gross.  I draw the line at imbibing my coffee through my ass.  Makes the stirrer straw take on a whole new meaning....

Apr 30 13 09:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
Posts: 33,407
The Woodlands, Texas, US


GRMACK wrote:
I know a lot of gassy vegetarians too, especially the broccoli eating ones.  Okay.  The banana eating ones too.

Some vegetarians here spend far too much time dusting off the sidewalks.  The CARB (California Air Resources Board) should be writing citations on some of them.

Lmfao!!!!!!!

Apr 30 13 10:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,220
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Marin Photography wrote:
How to Help Prevent or Stop Bloating

Try Beano: Oz says this product can help in the battle of the bloat.

"Beano has changed my life," he said. "It digests [the sugar] that is in a lot of these products."

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: In addition to soda, there may be artificial sweeteners in foods you don't expect, such as yogurts or reduced-calorie foods.

Seek Out Gluten-Free Foods: If gluten is troublesome for you, Oz said to seek out "gluten-free products that are readily available in every major store -- there is even gluten in ice cream."

Look for Dairy-Free Products or Those Containing Lactase: There are a wide variety of foods in grocery stores made from soy products or rice products.

"They are made of products that don't have lactose in them," Oz said.

Over-the-Counter Products: Oz recommends products that have simethicone, an active ingredient in medications such as Gas-X and Mylanta.

These products "will dissolve [gas bubbles] pretty quickly," he said. "It's wonderful for us for many reasons."

Bloating Can Be a Symptom of Another Problem

Oz says bloating can be a symptom of more serious health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and even ovarian cancer. If you're concerned, or if your bloating isn't getting better, always check with your doctor.

Click here for more information about "The Dr. Oz Show."

Click

please, please, PLEASE don't trust medical advice you got from daytime tv, especially from someone as massively full of shit as dr. oz.

Apr 30 13 10:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
Posts: 33,407
The Woodlands, Texas, US


Michael Broughton wrote:

please, please, PLEASE don't trust medical advice you got from daytime tv, especially from someone as massively full of shit as dr. oz.

Maybe he needs some coffee up his ass.  lol

Apr 30 13 10:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,220
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:

Maybe he needs some coffee up his ass.  lol

i'm sure just pulling his head out of there would help a ton.

Apr 30 13 10:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


Michael Broughton wrote:

please, please, PLEASE don't trust medical advice you got from daytime tv, especially from someone as massively full of shit as dr. oz.

To be fair, I do double check any claim they make with my own physician before following it if I ever have any plans to... so I guess while I listen, I don't just blindly follow smile

May 01 13 07:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 27,482
Dearborn, Michigan, US


Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:

Gross.  I draw the line at imbibing my coffee through my ass.  Makes the stirrer straw take on a whole new meaning....

Yes it does.   big_smile

May 01 13 07:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,220
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


IDiivil wrote:
so I guess while I listen, I don't just blindly follow smile

damn. i was going to try to talk you into joining my cult, but i guess that won't work. i was going to make you a high priestess and everything. oh well. sad

May 01 13 08:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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GwenM
Posts: 26
Houston, Texas, US


What about having issues......ummmmmmm......not being able to go?  Ugh constipation.  Does anyone else have this problem ???
May 05 13 10:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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IDiivil
Posts: 4,019
Los Angeles, California, US


GwenM wrote:
What about having issues......ummmmmmm......not being able to go?  Ugh constipation.  Does anyone else have this problem ???

I have in the past when I was on medication containing codeine. Blocks things up really, really quickly o.o

I recommend talking to a doctor ASAP if I were you. I am regular now that I eat right, drink lots of water, and exercise properly... but I don't want to just recommend that to you and ignore any potential problems that may exist in your system. Get yourself checked! Better safe than sorry smile

May 05 13 10:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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MelissaAnn
Posts: 3,876
Seattle, Washington, US


GwenM wrote:
What about having issues......ummmmmmm......not being able to go?  Ugh constipation.  Does anyone else have this problem ???

Yes, any time I'm under a lot of stress, dehydrated, or forced to eat foods that are not a part of my normal routine (dairy, high fat, little fiber, etc).

Drinking a 20+ oz bottle of water spiked with lemon, then going for a brisk 30 minute walk usually does the trick (stimulates bowels).

If that doesn't work, you can try an herbal laxative tea with Senna http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod. … matchtype= (usually very safe, but not to be used regularly).

If you're constipated on a weekly basis, and find that water, fiber, and exercise aren't enough, definitely consult your doc.

May 05 13 10:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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GingerMuse
Posts: 369
STUDIO CITY, California, US


IDiivil wrote:

I'm always worried about fruits because it gives me a weird acid reflux sad Do you experience this at all?

It's the acidity in some fruits.
I have pretty bad acid reflux - no fun!

everyone has pretty much mentioned everything and I cannot think of anything else to add!

May 16 13 10:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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BarryH
Posts: 854
Taipei City, Taipei City, Taiwan


Elephantiasis.
May 16 13 11:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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PhotographybyT
Posts: 7,618
Monterey, California, US


Speaking of bloating...I am soooo bloated right now! big_smile
May 16 13 11:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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