Health.com: 5 Tricks to Stop Belly Bloating
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|Feel gassy? Like you've gained 10 pounds in the past two days? Most likely, bloating is to blame. |
Fortunately, you can avoid that puffiness for good by taking a few simple precautions.
|... and candies and other foods containing artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and aspartame, which aren't digestible and trigger bloating, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. |
|When you eat in a hurry, you swallow a lot of gas-producing air. Chew food well, with your mouth closed, and sip straight from a cup instead of from a straw. |
|Prone to puffiness? Raw produce can be tough for your body to break down, leading to bloat. Cooking vegetables makes them easier for your stomach to handle. |
|Stress hormones speed up everything in your body, including your digestive system. The result? "You may experience gas and diarrhea, which can cause bloating," says Kristi King, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. |
Her suggestion? When you're anxious, get up and go for a stroll to move bubbles out of your tummy and ease your nerves.
|Chronic bloating and gas can be caused by lactose intolerance (sensitivity to the sugar found in milk) or fructose malabsorption (sensitivity to fructose, a sugar found in fruit juice, table sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup). |
Your doctor can diagnose either with a simple breath test.