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Will Wearing Tight Pants Lead to Gas?

Jan 31, 2018

Digestive problems that cause bloating are all too common.We often deal with the discomfort instead of examining what we do that may be causing it or talking to a pharmacist about OTC medications. Bloating can be caused by a large meal or eating foods that trigger you, so it’s advisable to learn these and avoid them when possible. Caffeine, spicy food, alcohol and late-night eating can all be the cause of gas and indigestion. Along with these causes, there are other less well-known causes that may cause bloating. Then can tight pants cause bloating or gas?

Can Tight Pants Cause Gas?

In short, the quick answer is, yes! Tight pants can cause gas by constricting your stomach and putting pressure on intestines. This compression can interfere with normal digestion, causing symptoms. These can include pain, indigestion, gas distention, constipation and heartburn. Wearing clothing that fits properly can help relieve symptoms and resolve problems. Tight pants should only be worn for short, two or three-hour periods to stay comfortable. It is also advisable to leave them off when eating a heavy meal. So can tight pants cause gas? Yes. Try the tips to avoid it.

You should consider if irritable bowel syndrome could be a factor. This comes with symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, constipation, bloating or diarrhea. These can be exacerbated by stress. Those with IBS can be sensitive to external factors, such as constricting fabric causing cramping and stomach discomfort. You should get checked by your primary physician and seek their advice.

Other Daily Habits That May Cause Gas

Can tight pants cause gas? Yes. Here are other daily habits that may cause cancer. Check them here.

1. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum causes bloating because of the air we take in when we chew. While it’s true that gum can help with cleaning teeth after a meal, controlling bad breath and snacking, it can make you gassy. The amount of air we take in can affect the gas in the digestive tract.  

Relieve It

Try switching your gum chewing habit for something like popcorn or peanuts.

2. Diet Foods

One secret source that is a big contributor to bloating is artificial sweeteners found in foods that are sugar-free. They are able to be calorie-free because your body can’t digest the chemical additives. The body tries to break them down, the struggle causes gas which leads to bloating.

Relieve It

Look to the ingredients before buying. You are often better off with the full-fat foods that are more natural.

3. Cigarettes and Chewing on Pens

These are both bad habits that are far more common than we’d like to admit and are bit culprits to gas. This is because of the excess sucking, swallowing, saliva and air. There are two problems with smoking and gas. First it affects digestion. The cigarette chemicals weaken the muscle between the oesophagus and stomach, the lower oesophageal sphincter. This muscle keeps stomach contents from moving up the oesophagus, which causes gas and heartburn.

Relieve It

Try to get rid of the habits for better condition.

4. Stress

Many professionals agree that stress can impact the body’s ability to digest food properly. If we eat while feeling anxious or on-the-run, our body creates stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. This can cause problems with digestion, keeping it from doing its job. This can contribute to bloating and create long-term problems such as IBS.

Relieve It

Make sure you take your time to eat and sit down while doing so. Chew your food carefully and take the time to enjoy it.

5. Poor-Fitting Dentures

There is some evidence showing dentures that don’t fit well won’t help you chew your food as well. Eating quickly, gulping, or not chewing very well can cause air swallowing, leading to belching, bloating and discomfort.

Relieve It 

Check in with your dentist to get a better fitting. You may need stronger adhesive as well.

6. Too Much Fruit

While fruit can be good for your health, the fructose or sugar in fruit can cause bloating in some people. Those who have trouble absorbing fructose in the small intestine, will feel discomfort.

Fructose left undigested is carried to the colon; bacteria consume it and make a lot of gas doing so. This causes swelling in the intestines, cramping trapping of wind and bloating.

Relieve It

If you think you have issues digesting sugar and fruit, speak with your doctor for nutrition device. 

7. Not Getting Enough Water

It seems odd, but dehydration is often a cause for extended belly. This is because the body is afraid there is a shortage, so holds on to its water. If you guzzle water too fast, you can also have a swollen, painful stomach. This is because your body won’t absorb large amounts of water at once.

Relieve It

Make sure to have a bottle of water on hand all day. Take small sips throughout the day.

8. Dairy Intake

If you notice your belly is distended after drinking or eating dairy such as cheese or milk, you may be lactose intolerant. This is especially true if you notice cramps and or diarrhea.

This digestive trouble is common when the body can’t digest lactose, the sugar commonly found in diary.

Relieve It

Currently there isn’t a cure. You can limit your intake of lactose-containing drinks and foods. This will help relieve the symptoms. It’s also important to speak with your doctor before changing your diet to insure you still get all your important nutrients.

9. Medication

There are many medicines you can get over the counter such as aspirin, iron pills and diarrhea medication that can cause bloated stomachs. This is because they often contain sugars that are hard to digest or other ingredients that aren’t easy to digest.

Relieve It

If you think your non-prescription meds are causing bloating issues, speak with your pharmacist to find a suitable alternative.

10. Eating Fast

Eating mindfully can do more than help you fill full faster, it can also help you swallow less air during the process. Chewing your food very well allows you to crush into smaller, easier to digest bites as well as mixes it with specialized enzymes found in saliva. This helps pre-digest your food, making it easier on your tummy. Then your stomach has to do more work, which produces more gas. You also literally inhale air when you gulp your food like this. 

Relieve It

Slow your chewing down and consider the flavor of each bite. Chew everything very well and don’t gulp your drinks either.

11. Using a Straw

You may love adding a straw to your smoothie, but it doesn’t do your body any favors. When you sip through a straw, you also take in air with each drink. This can even be a problem with reusable water bottles that have straws.

Relieve It

Ditch the straw and drink right from the bottle to avoid taking in excess air.

12. Snoring

If you find you are bloated first thing in the morning you may be having trouble snoring or mouth-breathing when you sleep. There are some doctors who’ve noted that those with sleep apnea struggle with bloating in the morning. If your stomach seems bigger in the morning than at night, consider checking with your doctor about relieving your snoring.

Relieve It

Check into different sleeping positions to see if you can find some relief from snoring. You can also check with your doctor to see what options they have available.