Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous, and may also be visibly swollen (distended). Bloating is a common complaint among both adults and children.
We’re not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat here. We’re talking about the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time.
Many people suffer from bloating. It can be very uncomfortable. Luckily, there are several ways that you can change your diet or lifestyle to improve or eliminate it. If these solutions don’t help, consult a doctor for advice.
10. Rule Out Wheat Allergies or Lactose Intolerance.
Food allergies and intolerances can cause gas and bloating. But these need to be confirmed by your doctor. Many people self-diagnose these conditions and unnecessarily eliminate healthy dairy and whole grains from their diets. If you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance, see your doctor for tests.
You may benefit from reducing the amount of the suspected food or eating it with other foods. In the case of dairy, it can help to choose aged cheeses and yogurts, which are lower in lactose.
11. Evaluate whether artificial sweeteners might be the problem.
If you are dieting and trying to cut your sugar intake, go easy on the sugar replacements. Some people have difficulty processing them and get gas or diarrhea. Examine the packaging on any diet foods your purchase. These substances are added to many low calorie foods. Look for ingredients such as Xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol.
12. Don’t Overdo Carbonated Drinks.
The fizz in carbonated drinks (even diet ones) can cause gas to get trapped in your belly, Blatner says.
Instead, drink water flavored with lemon, lime, or cucumber. Or just reduce the number of fizzy drinks you consume each day. Try some peppermint tea for a soothing beverage that may help reduce bloat.