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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Arora, MD

Bloating

Abdominal bloating is a feeling of fullness or swelling in the stomach area. It can make your belly look bigger than usual and can sometimes be painful. There are many different things that can cause bloating, and it can be caused by different things in different people.


One common cause of bloating is eating too much gas-producing foods like beans, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, onions, and carbonated drinks. When these foods are digested, they can release gas in the stomach and intestines, which can make you feel bloated.


Another cause of bloating is swallowing air when you eat or drink. This can happen if you eat or drink too quickly, or if you chew gum or suck on hard candies.


Certain medical conditions can also cause bloating, such as lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).


There are many ways to manage bloating. One way is to make changes to your diet. If you think certain foods might be causing your bloating, try cutting back or avoiding them for a while to see if your symptoms improve.


Another way to manage bloating is to eat smaller meals more often instead of big meals. Eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly can also help reduce bloating.


Regular physical activity is also important to help reduce bloating. Exercise can help to move gas through the intestines and reduce the feeling of bloating.


If you still have bloating even after trying these tips, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor. They may be able to help figure out what's causing your bloating and recommend other treatments.


In summary, bloating is a feeling of fullness or swelling in the stomach area. It can be caused by eating gas-producing foods, swallowing air, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and IBS. To manage bloating, it's important to make changes to your diet, eat smaller meals, chew your food thoroughly, regular physical activity and talk to your doctor if symptoms persist.

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