Thursday, 28 July 2016

Five Ways to Reduce and Prevent Bloating



Feeling like you gained five pounds in five minutes is an unpleasant experience, and not for reasons having to do with appearance. Complaints of bloating are common, and while this abdominal-area discomfort affects many, the word is heard extra-frequently because it describes multiple conditions.

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, D.O., clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, deals with many cases of bloating and, as a gastroentorologist, works to discern the causes and help patients understand their symptoms. According to Ganjhu, there are two main varieties of bloating.

Water bloating is essentially caused by overeating or drinking. The more common form of bloating, however, is air bloating, which is at least partially synonymous with plain old gassiness. There are numerous causes: swallowing air (something we all do, just to different extents), eating foods we don’t digest well such as fake sugars, and eating foods of which our bodies are intolerant (i.e. lactose intolerants drinking milk), and even stress and anxiety — which actually slows our digestive systems.

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