8 Reasons Why You Are So Bloated. Especially Number 6

You’d love to have a flat belly for the party tonight, but thanks to one too many sodas or that basket of tortilla chips, zipping your pants is a real struggle. Abdominal bloating not only looks bad but can also cause physical discomfort. … Experts say stomach bloating is a condition you can avoid pretty easily.

Here are 8 reasons why you may be so bloated.

1- You eat too fast! Slow down when you are eating as this is the number one major cause of temporary bloating.

2- Bread!  Bread has not had a good year.

It has long been preached to us that carbs are not our friends and bread is public enemy number one. You only have to look at the supermarkets to see an abundance of gluten free products that were not there in 2013. Bread causes you to bloat!

3- Drinking through a straw! Coffee beverages, fruit smoothies, green juice drinks—these days, all kinds of adult-friendly drinks are designed to be sipped through a straw. But as convenient as straws are, they force you to suck in lots of extra air, and that makes you feel like an inflatable ball, says Middleberg. It doesn’t make a difference how slowly or deeply you sip; you’re taking in the air already trapped in the upper part of the straw, and it’s impossible to avoid. Whenever you can, sip your drinks from the rim of the glass.

4- Packaged foods! Packaged foods will make your stomach bloat excessively. You know that crackers and chips are sodium bombs, but even healthy-looking items such as soups, salad dressings, cereals, and tomato sauce can have crazy-high amounts of sodium that easily lead you to exceed the 2,300 mg daily recommended limit.

5- Artificial sugars such as aspartame and sucralose have been added to everything from diet beverages to gum and candy. Avoid these at all cost!

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