5 Tricks to Stop Belly Bloating
If you feel uncomfortably bloated after meals, it might be time to look at the types of foods you are eating. Watch this video for the five best foods you should eat to prevent uncomfortable bloat and gas.
Cut back on sugar-free gum
... 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.
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.
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.
Don't freak out
Forward bends, twists, and many other poses help stimulate the digestive tract and help keep you regular.
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.