Bloated Or Constipated? Here Are 5 Possible Reasons & What You Can Do

Bloated Or Constipated? Here Are 5 Possible Reasons & What You Can Do

Lifestyle Wellness
By Sophie Hong on 03 Jun 2022
Senior Editor

Did you know that women are more likely to be affected by bloating and constipation? We can largely thank our hormones for that. During our menstrual cycles, our hormone levels fluctuate, which can cause our guts to react in certain ways. Plus, women tend to digest food at a slower rate compared to men, so that could also contribute to your bloatedness or constipation. 

That doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence. Here are 5 possible reasons for your bloatedness or constipation, plus what you can do about them. 

Read on for the reasons why you might be bloated or constipated! 

#1 It’s almost that time of the month

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Besides tender boobs and cramping, some of us experience PMS with a side of bloat as well. Progesterone levels rise just before a period, and unfortunately, this hormone causes the body to retain more salt and water, leading to bloatedness. 

That’s not all. An increase in progesterone slows down your digestive system as well, which can cause some of us to feel rather constipated.

#2 You’re stressed out

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You probably already know that chronic stress is really bad for your body, but are you also aware that stress can also cause gut issues such as painful cramps, bloating and even constipation? 

Researchers have found that your brain and gut are connected, and the gut even has its own nervous system. So when you’re experiencing stress, stress hormones will be released and that can throw your gut’s functions out of whack, causing these irritating and painful side effects. Now you know!

#3 Your body is dehydrated or lacking in fibre

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One of the most common reasons for constipation is not drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated, your large intestine tries to compensate by soaking up more moisture from your food waste, causing dry, hard stools that are difficult to pass. 

Another major reason for constipation: the lack of fibre. We need at least 25 grams of fibre every day, which amounts to about 2 cups of fresh fruits and vegetables. Other good sources of fibre include wholegrain breads, cereals and pastas, but let’s be honest - most of us probably aren’t eating enough of it. And guess what’s another side effect of constipation? That’s right, bloatedness.

#4 You’ve just had a huge meal

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Remember what we said earlier about women digesting food at a slower rate compared to men? If you’re eating foods that are fermentable, they’re likely to start producing gas in your digestive system, resulting in uncomfortable post-meal bloat. 

If that sounds like you, try to avoid common culprits such as wheat, onions, garlic and beans. It might also be worth cutting out dairy such as milk, yoghurt and ice cream, as well as sugary foods.

#5 Your gut microbiome is off balance

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Your gut houses trillions of microbes that are both good and bad. If you’re lacking in healthy microbes, it can cause your gut’s microbiome to be off-balance, which can cause - you guessed it - gut issues such as bloating or constipation. Not only that, studies have shown that your gut microbiome also plays a role in weight gain, so if you’re concerned about weight management, you definitely need to make sure that your gut’s health is well taken care of. 

While these reactions are normal, they are also uncomfortable and can cause more serious issues down the line. Here’s where Kinohimitsu’s new range of SKNNY beverages can come in useful, whether it is to help you get rid of the extra gas or promote regular bowel movements.

If you love coffee, try… Kinohimitsu SKNNY Coffee

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If you find that your bowels need a little encouragement to move things along, then switch out your morning cup of coffee for SKNNY Coffee from Kinohimitsu. Using an exquisite blend of low-acidity coffee beans, this drink perks you and your digestive system up whilst remaining gentle on your stomach. 

It promotes regular bowel movement with prebiotics and fibre in the form of Promitor®, a naturally-derived soluble corn fibre, and contains Garcinia Cambogia, a fruit that is purported to help with weight control naturally. The end result? A flavourful cup of coffee that not only won’t upset your stomach but also help reduce water retention. That’s definitely an upgrade from your current cup of joe! 

Instructions: Mix 1 sachet of SKNNY Coffee with 150ml of hot water. Stir and enjoy. Get it here.

If you love chocolate, try… Kinohimitsu SKNNY Cocoa

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The best way to beat the bloat is to ensure that your gut health is in tip-top condition. If you love chocolatey drinks, then Kinohimistu’s SKNNY Cocoa is a delicious way to ensure a healthy balance in your gut microbiome. 

Made with 98% cocoa powder, soluble corn fibre and African mango seed, this drink is naturally rich in phytonutrients and minerals - which are good for your gut! Besides that, the antioxidant-rich SKNNY Cocoa can also help with weight management and bowel movements the natural way, without any added laxatives. 

Instructions: Mix 1 sachet of SKNNY Cocoa with 150ml of hot water. Stir and enjoy. Get it here.

Redeem free samples and try them for yourself!

Free samples of SKNNY Coffee and SKNNY Cocoa will be given out at the following venues and dates: 

Design Orchard Retail Space
8 - 12 June

Paya Lebar Quarter
14 - 19 June 

21 - 26 June

Buy-1-Free-1 promotion!

Buy a box of Kinohimitsu SKNNY Coffee or SKNNY Cocoa at $39.90 and get another box free! This promotion is available on Kinohimitsu’s e-store and retail outlets, Amazon, EZbuy, Guardian, iShopChangi, KrisShop, Lazada, OG, Qoo10, RedMart, Shopee, Watsons and Welcia-BHG.

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