Bloated dead bodies often look quite different from how they looked when they were alive. The body swells up as gas builds up inside of it, and the skin often takes on a greenish hue. This process can happen relatively quickly, so it’s not uncommon for someone to find a bloated dead body that looks significantly different from how the person looked when they were alive.
What is Bloating?
Bloating is the visible swelling of the abdomen (belly), caused when the stomach is filled with gas. Many times, bloating is accompanied by abdominal pain, discomfort and flatulence (excess gas). Although bloating can affect anyone at any time, it frequently affects women during their menstrual cycle and menopausal years.
There are many causes of bloating, but most often it is the result of:
- Eating or drinking too quickly
- Eating too much
- Swallowing air while eating or drinking
- Certain foods or drinks (such as carbonated beverages, beans, cruciferous vegetables and dairy products)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
In some cases, bloating may be a sign of a more serious condition such as ovarian cancer or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you experience persistent bloating that is not relieved by over-the-counter medications or changes in diet, it is important to see your doctor.
What Causes Bloating?
There are many different causes of bloating, but the most common cause is gas. When the stomach contains gas, it can become bloated and uncomfortable. Other causes of bloating include:
- Eating too much
- Eating too quickly
- Eating high-fat foods
- Eating spicy foods
- Drinking carbonated beverages
- Chewing gum
- Wearing tight clothing
What are the Symptoms of Bloating?
The main symptom of bloating is abdominal swelling or distension, which can make your stomach feel full, tight, or uncomfortable. In severe cases, bloating may also cause nausea and vomiting. You may also have abdominal pain that worsens when you move or breathe deeply.
What are the Consequences of Bloating?
The consequences of bloating are both medical and aesthetic. Bloating can cause pain and cramping, as well as a feeling of fullness or pressure. It can also lead to belching and flatulence. Bloating can make clothes feel tighter and can cause discomfort when trying to sleep. In extreme cases, it can even cause difficulty breathing. Aesthetically, bloating can cause the stomach to appear distended and Bulky.
How Can Bloating be Prevented?
Bloating can often be prevented by making small changes to your diet and lifestyle. For example:
- eating smaller meals more often
- avoiding carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, and other foods that can cause gas
- avoiding chewing gum
- exercising regularly
- managing stress levels
Even though it is difficult to predict what a bloated dead body will look like, there are some general characteristics that are often seen. The body will often be bloated and swollen, and the skin may be discolored. There may also be a strong odor coming from the body.