• Charles Instone

6 Tips to Reduce Bloating and How to Avoid It

What is Bloating?

Abdominal, or stomach, bloating is most commonly caused by a buildup of gas in the GI tract. When bloated, your stomach might be distended, swollen and hard. Being bloated commonly comes with:

  • Pain

  • Flatulence

  • Burping

  • Stomach grumbling

Abdominal bloating is extremely common in adults and children and can cause a lot of social anxiety, inability to participate in social events and cause significant discomfort. In times like this, you’re normally desperate for quick and effective bloating relief

Why Does Bloating Happen?

Gas and Air

Bloating occurs when the GI tract contains excess air or gas - commonly because you may have swallowed gas or air or when undigested food gets broken down, releasing gases.

Swallowing air is very common when people eat or drink, but some people this happens more regularly than others due to:

  • Eating too fast

  • Drinking carbonated drinks

  • Chewing gum

When you have excess gas or air, there are only two routes the gas can escape - belching or flatulence. If these paths become blocked (e.g. constipation) or there is excess gas, you’re likely to experience bloating.

Medical Causes of Bloating

Bloating can also be caused through medical conditions which cause factors that cause bloating such as: