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Because the body finds fat hard to digest, a rich meal can remain in the stomach for up to two hours while the gastric juices try to break it down into an easily digestible form, causing an uncomfortable full feeling and bloating.
BEWARE OF CHEWING GUM - by bringing more air into your gut, chewing gum can increase bloating but if you do chew, make sure it is sugar-free as the sweetener sorbitol ferments in the bowel and causes intestinal gas
8Try probiotics "Taking a probiotic supplement can help correct any gut flora imbalances and reduce bloating," says Laila.
Her bloating was so severe she asked her doctor for advice but all he said was it could be due to the Pill, taken to lessen heavy periods.
This can slow down gut motility or movement, which means food passes more slowly through the body, leading to bloating and possibly constipation.
Bloating is usually caused by fluid retention or trapped gas.
A 10-minute walk can relieve bloating as exercise helps gas pass through the digestive tract quickly.
MAY BE THE CAUSE IF: Intermittent bloating is accompanied by alternating constipation and diarrhoea, excess wind, and abdominal pain that normally feels better - at least for a while - after you've been to the loo.
Indigestion and bloating may be a sign of enzyme deficiency and can be relieved by taking a digestive enzyme with meals.
It could be: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition that affects the large intestine, causing many symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhoea, constipation and pain.
If you're overdoing the rice and pasta and not eating enough veg, you could be suffering from constipation, which in turn can cause bloating.
In fact, the NHS claims the most common causes of bloating are down to an unbalanced diet, overdoing the fizzy drinks and a large amount of hard-to-digest foods - all of which can be avoided with just a little bit of attention to what you're consuming.