6. Foods That Cause Bloating

Broccoli

Yes, they do tell you to eat more kale, but too much kale or any cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, or of course beans, can fill up the tummy. It’s this fermenting process, a buildup of the methane gas from food breakdown, that can bring on bloating.

Decrease or limit how much you consume these foods. You might want to try the FODMAP diet, which eliminates these offending foods, especially if you have irritable bowel syndrome.

5. Drinks That Bloat the Tummy

Drinking Soda

Sorry to say, but even caffeine is a culprit. Extreme exercisers, workout buffs and athletes usually drink sports drinks to rehydrate and add electrolytes. What you may not realize is that they have added artificial sugars, flavors and sodium that may cause bloating or gas.

Make sure you drink plain water to hydrate better and flatten that tummy. Too many sodas can also bring on the bloated feeling.

Also beware of alcohol, as it lowers your good bacteria and can cause gastritis or liver inflammation, making the stomach or intestines not feel too good!

4. Massage the Abdominal Muscles to Relieve Bloating

Stomach Massage

You can do this massage yourself by rubbing in a circular motion lightly upwards toward the right side of the rib cage, then across upper belly to the left side. When you’re bloated it will be sensitive, but this light movement will help move the gas up and out. This massage works better when you are laying down.

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