6 Tricks to Stop Belly Bloating
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.
1. Cut back on
... 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.
2. Don't eat and run
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.
3. Watch the raw veggies
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
4. Don't freak out
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
5. Get tested
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.
Written by Hallie Levine Sklar