It's safe to say that no one enjoys the feeling of being bloated -- but before you can help prevent or reduce it, it’s important to understand what actually causes it.
That’s why we turned to board-certified practicing gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj for insight!
LACTOSE + GLUTEN
The two most common bloating culprits, she says? Lactose and gluten.
And the doc stresses that lactose intolerance can actually occur at any age!
In other words, it’s possible for your body to handle dairy well as a child and have that change in adulthood.
(Bummer, we know!)
So, if you start bloating out of the blue, the doctor suggests cutting out dairy for five days to see if it's indeed to blame.
Now here come the more surprising offenders …
SUGAR-FREE CANDY + GUM
We hate to break it to you, but those sugar-free candies and gums that you *think* are helping your diet may be causing more harm than good!
"[They] contain something called sorbitol," Dr. Roshini explains, "which you don’t digest very well. It’s going to produce a lot of gas."
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES + BEANS
Even more surprising gas-producing foods? Believe it or not, cruciferous veggies -- like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower -- and beans!
(We know, we know, everyone tells you to eat up those foods -- but read on!)
"These are things that are so good for you," the gastroenterologist explains, "but if you have a bloating issue, you might want to keep it in moderation or slowly introduce it into your diet."
Not the best news, we know, but knowledge is power!