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Common Causes of Bloating

Bloating is a common discomfort.  One in 10 Americans say that they experience bloating on a regular basis.  There are some common causes of bloating that if avoided can help to alleviate your symptoms.  Overeating, constipation, weight gain, acid reflux, eating fatty foods, irritable bowel syndrome, and swallowing air (a nervous habit) are some common causes of bloating.  Bloating can lead to abdominal pain and distention.  Passing gas or having a bowel movement can help to relieve the pain and distention.

Many foods that we may eat are tied to bloating.  To reduce the likelihood of developing gas and bloating you can avoid gas-producing foods.  Carbohydrates are linked to causing case.  Baked beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carbonated drinks, cauliflower, chewing gum, some fruits, hard candy and lettuce are all common culprits in the production of gas.  To get rid of the excess gas your body will belch or burp to get rid of the excess air if your stomach.
There are steps that you can take to try and help to reduce gas and bloating.  First, eat and drink slowly.  When you take more time to eat and drink, it will help you to swallow less air.   Try to avoid drink through a straw.  Avoid beer and carbonated drinks.  Stop smoking, when you inhale smoke you also inhale excess air.  Avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candy which also make you swallow excess air.   Lastly, if you have heartburn, schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist to be seen.  Treating heartburn will help you to treat and prevent bloating.

References:
1. “Abdominal bloating.”  Medline Plus.  U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health.  April 17, 2012.  Web 10 January 2014.
2. “Bloating, belching and intestinal gas: How to avoid them.”  Mayo Clinic.  Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.  April 23, 2011.  Web 10 January 2014.
3. “Bloating 101: Why You Feel Bloated.”  WebMD.  April 17, 2012.  Web 10 January 2014.