Stomach bloating: causes and how to prevent it

A bloated stomach lowers people’s self-esteem and besides it, it is painful and extremely uncomfortable. There might be many different reasons behind stomach bloating, such as hormones, stress, and even hormone issues.

But sometimes, some bad habits can cause – or aggravate – this problem. As a counterpoint, this article will show you some good habits that can reduce or even prevent stomach bloating.

Stomach bloating symptoms

Stomach bloating is really easy to identify. Its main symptoms are characterized by:

  • Feeling of being full or swollen in the abdomen
  • Frequent burping
  • Abdominal gurgles or rumbling

Habits that can make you feel bloated

Like we have mentioned, bloating can be caused by many different reasons and in some cases require medical help. But sometimes, it can occur or get worse because of some habits.  For example:

Swallowing air

This might sound funny, but everyone swallows some air while eating – and this is one of the most common causes of bloating.

However, some people can swallow even more air than others, resulting in more bloating. Some habits that can make you swallow more gas are:

  • Eating and drinking too fast
  • Smoking
  • Chewing gum

As a result, it stimulates flatulence and burping: these two are the ways our body tries to expel excessive gas.

Medical conditions that cause stomach bloating

Sometimes, bloating can be caused by more severe reasons – and that requires medical help. Among them, we can mention:

  • Heartburn
  • Food intolerance
  • Eating disorders (like anorexia and bulimia)
  • Hormonal flux
  • Several mental health issues (such as stress, depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Celiac disease

Habits to reduce stomach bloating

If the main cause of your bloating is air swallowing, you can reduce it by creating some new habits. Take a look at our suggestions:

  • Avoid carbonated drinks, chewing gum, and dairy (in case you are lactose intolerant).
  • Avoid processed foods and some groups of vegetables, such as beans in general.
  • Eat and drink slowly and avoid using a straw – that gives the drink more pressure and, consequently, adds more air.

Helpful clothing

Some special shapewears help to visually reduce stomach bloating effects. These modelling bodysuits also help improve the posture, but don’t forget that when it comes to stomach issues, this is not a treatment – it is just a way to reduce the visual discomfort.

When to see a doctor?

In case of intense and persistent bloating. Also pay attention to some signs, like fever, intense abdominal pain, diarrhea, or sudden weight lost.


We hope you enjoyed this article and that the tips were helpful.

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