Stomach bloating is typically the result of a build-up of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. This channel breaks down food as it is transported through the body, helping the body to absorb nutrients and flush out excess matter. All of this is perfectly normal however sometimes bloating could be an indicator of ovarian cancer. How can you know your bloating may be something more serious?
What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which, depending on the type and stage of the disease, malignant (cancerous) cells are found inside, near, or on the outer layer of the ovaries, said the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The health site continued: “An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs, or germ cells, and produce female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
“Normally, cells in your body divide and form new cells to replace worn out or dying cells, and to repair injuries.
“Because cancer cells continue to grow and divide, they are different from normal cells. Instead of dying, they outlive normal cells and continue to create new abnormal cells, forming a tumour.
“Tumours can put pressure on other organs near the ovaries.”
How to treat bloating
According to experts, getting the recommended amount of sleep could do wonders for bloating.
Dietician, Tamara Freeman said: “Many people find that overnight sleep provides a bit of a ‘reset’ when it comes to food-related bloating.
“Having eight or more hours with nothing going into the GI tract allows for the intra-bowel contents to be whittled down a bit and for bloating to subside.”
It’s also advised that once in bed, help relieve any tension and get the digestive system working by doing a few stretches.
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