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7 Reasons You’re Bloated That Have Nothing to Do With What You Eat




When your stomach feels stretched, tight or uncomfortable, your first thought is to examine what you’ve eaten that day. Bloating can certainly be caused by eating foods high in sodium, fat or sugar, but other common culprits unrelated to your diet could just as easily be your problem. Learn what could be causing your bloated belly and how you can shrink things back to normal!

1. Your desk job

We get it: you can’t eliminate this problem, but sitting all day causes your bowels and gas to become blocked. Thankfully, the cure for this is simple; take frequent breaks—even five minutes 3 times a day—while you’re at work to stretch and move. If you can convince your boss you need a treadmill desk (known to increase productivity!), that’d be a win-win.

2. Dehydration

When you aren’t drinking enough water, your body retains more fluid to balance the salt and water levels in your system. You can guess the first step to getting rid of this kind of bloat: drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. If you’re already hitting this goal, commit to ditching sodas and (too much) coffee which can contribute to dehydration.

3. Antibiotics

Your medicine may be killing ‘bad’ bacteria in your body, but it also destroys good bacteria needed for a healthy gut. The solution? Studies show that doctors are more likely to prescribe an antibiotic to a patient who is interested in taking one, so make sure that the medicine is actually necessary before accepting the medication. Your infection may just as easily cure with a natural remedy; just explore your options!

4. Eating too fast

Regardless of what you eat, how you consume food has an impact on the look and feel of your midsection. Digestion starts in the mouth, not in the stomach. chewing each bite not only breaks the food down for digestion, the food is also broken down by saliva and enzymes in the mouth. When you skip this step, your gut has to work harder! Practice slower, mindful eating in a distraction-free place to beat the bloat.

5. Sleep apnea or snoring

If you wake up feeling bloated and full, your problem may be sleep related. Snoring causes your body to take excess air into your GI tract and to your small intestine. Lying down only amplifies the likelihood of storing too much air, leading to that morning bloat. If you know you snore in your sleep, talk to your doctor or find a sleep specialist to explore ways you can sleep soundly! 

6. Stress

As if you aren’t familiar with the harsh side effects of stress, your bloated belly may be a symptom of your anxiety, too. When you’re stressed out, your hormone levels spike and your GI tract becomes irritated, leading to digestive difficulties. Other less-than-swell stress-induced actions could also compound your bloat.

7. Hormone havoc

hormones like those in birth control pills are primarily the cause. opting for alternative contraceptives and steering clear of xenoestrogens, commonly found in conventionally-raised meat and produce and household cleaning supplies.


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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross



Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested



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COVID-19 health workers

COVID-19 health workers

The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.

Also Read: Cross River Govt Issues Strong Warning To Biafra Agitators

She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.

She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.

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PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive



Sank Aliyu
Sank Aliyu

Sani Aliyu

The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.

Read Also: The Right Ways To Enlist Nurse Call System To Fight Covid-19

Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.

Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.

Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.

Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.


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