Beware of booze
Most of us associate bloating with beer (hence the term “beer belly”) but any alcoholic beverage could make your stomach puff up for multiple reasons, according to gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, in her book The Bloat Cure: 101 Natural Solutions for Real and Lasting Relief. Alcohol wipes out the beneficial bacteria in your digestive system that normally keep bloat in check; it can lead to gastritis and liver damage, both of which cause bloat; and it’s high in calories. However, you don’t need to abstain completely. Just try to consume no more than a drink a day. Read on for more of Dr. Chutkan’s natural solutions to reduce stomach bloating. Use these nighttime tricks to banish belly bloat in your sleep.
Cut down on caffeine
Since caffeine is a well-known diuretic, it’s logical to expect to move water and salt out of your body, and thus reduce bloating. But caffeine may cause dehydration, which makes your digestive system sluggish and possibly lead to blockages. We regret to inform coffee fans, but when it comes to bloat, the less caffeine the better. Here are 8 normal reasons for a bloated belly and when you need to worry.