14 Reasons Why Your Stomach Is Bloated

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Ever wonder why your stomach can be larger on some days than others? When abdominal bloating occurs, it means your gastrointestinal tract is filled with air or gas and you feel full, tight, or swollen in your general stomach area. Your abdomen may also be swollen or distended, hard, and painful. Bloating is often accompanied by pain, flatulence, frequent burping, and abdominal rumbling or gurgles. Bloating can interfere with your work, social life, and in your intimate relationships. As it can affect both kids and adults, read on for what causes a bloated stomach!

1. Gas

Like it or not, all humans get a little gassy from time to time. Sorry, Emily Post. Gas builds up in the digestive tract when undigested food gets broken down, or when you swallow air while eating or drinking. Some people tend to swallow more air than usual when they eat too fast, chew gum, smoke, or wear loose dentures. Our bodies get rid of gas by burping or flatulence. A delayed emptying of the stomach in addition to gas accumulation can also cause bloating and a distended stomach.