Bloating 101: How to Beat a Bulging Belly

Bloating is a common, day-to-day battle that can leave you wondering what triggered your bulging belly. The answers may be hidden in what you’re eating. Start the fight against bloating today by identifying the common culprits, and what you can do to keep your belly flat and pain-free.

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The Cure to Beat Bloat, Pt 1 (5:52)

Nothing can sabotage a flat belly faster than bloating. In addition to the dreaded stomach bulge, this familiar ailment results in terrible discomfort. Bloating symptoms come from excess gas accumulating in the abdomen, particularly in the intestines. Intestinal bacteria produce gas when foods haven’t yet travelled through the small intestine. If gas particles aren’t released right away, the stomach expands like a balloon.

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Although overeating is the most known cause for bloating, some people battle the bloat daily — even if they haven’t polished off an oversized meal. If this sounds like you, the triggers may not be how much you’re eating, but what you’re eating. Once you trace the root of your problem, you can employ some belly-rescuing cures to help you win the war against bloating and take back control of your body.