Feeling Fat? Get Relief from Bloating

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Bloat Culprit: Gulping Air

Chewing gum, drinking through a straw, talking while eating, and smoking can cause you to swallow air, says Janet Harrison, MD, assistant professor of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Carbonated beverages exacerbate the problem: The bubbles release carbon dioxide into your digestive tract.

How to Beat It
We don't need to tell you that you should stop smoking for myriad health reasons more serious than bloating. Cut back on gum chewing, and eat and drink more slowly to help reduce your excess air intake.

Continued on page 4:  Bloat Culprit: Pre-Period Hormones


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