Your stomach's so swollen you can barely button the pants that fit perfectly a few days ago. What's going on? Bloating, which is "caused by excess gas in the intestines," says Beth Schorr-Lesnick, M.D., a gastroenterologist and an assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Bad eating habits, certain foods, or hormones can bring the feeling on—and it's extremely common in women." To help you feel better fast, check out these smart ways to beat the bloat.
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the October 2004 issue of Parents magazine.
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