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What causes bloating?

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Although there are numerous causes of bloating, some common causes include eating fatty foods, drinking carbonated beverages, eating too fast and smoking, according to Mayo Clinic. Swallowing excess air by drinking through a straw, sucking on candy and chewing gum can also cause bloating.

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Gastrointestinal infections, such as those caused by Helicobacter pylori; diseases and blockages; irritable bowel syndrome; gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD; lactose intolerance and celiac disease can also bring on abdominal bloating, according to Mayo Clinic. Conditions such as these need to be addressed by a doctor.

To reduce bloating, Mayo Clinic recommends eating and drinking slowly, avoiding carbonated drinks and skipping hard candy and gum. Mayo Clinic also recommends using over-the-counter antacids to reduce gassiness that can cause bloating.

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