7 Reasons Why Your Stomach Might Be Bloated

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You use artificial sweeteners

Put Sweet’N Low in your coffee? Drink diet soda that’s made with aspartame? Artificial sweeteners seem relatively harmless since they’re no or low-calorie, but they’ve been long touted to cause unpleasant stomach bloat. Try eliminating them from your diet and see how you feel (and always check nutrition labels to see if it’s added—it can sneak into all sorts of products).

 

Beans are a big part of your diet

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart, the more you eat, the more…bloated you feel (that’s how that rhyme goes right?). All types of beans (kidney, pinto, black, red, etc.) are definitely good for your heart, but the carbohydrates in beans tend to be indigestible. Ease up on the burritos, and you might feel the relief you’re looking for.

 

You’re always chewing gum

Chewing gum or sucking on certain hard candies can cause you to swallow excessive air, leading it to get trapped in your gut and cause bloat, burping, and just overall feeling of puffiness. Try to limit your gum and candy intake; when you’re craving the sweet stuff, take a sip of water instead (which can keep everything moving in your stomach and get rid of excess air).

 

You might have a condition

If your bloat is consistent, and you have other symptoms accompanying it like diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain, it might be worth getting screened for irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, one of the most common stomach conditions. See a gastroenterologist if you notice certain foods aren’t sitting with you right, and they’ll be able to help you adjust your diet. Other conditions that could cause excessive bloat include Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis.

Do you suffer from stomach bloat? Do you think one of these reasons could be to blame?

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