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How to reduce bloating quickly

Updated February 21, 2017

Abdominal bloating is uncomfortable and annoying. If bloated, you may have trouble fitting into your clothes, and your mid-section may constantly feel full or tight. But fortunately, there are ways to reduce or get rid of abdominal bloating quickly. The key is identifying factors that contribute to bloating, and taking steps to remedy the problem.

Eliminate salty foods. High-sodium foods increase fluid retention, which can result in bloating. To quickly reduce bloating, limit your intake of salty foods or eliminate these foods from your diet. Eat less than 2,500 mg of sodium a day.

Drink plenty of water. Water weight caused by sodium and medications contributes to bloating. Increase your water intake to get rid of excess water in the body. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Identify foods that cause bloating. Certain foods and drinks such as sodas, dairy products, beans and raw vegetables cause bloating. Take a digestive enzyme supplement before consuming these foods to reduce or prevent bloating.

Increase your activity. Low- and high-impact exercises promote digestive health and relieve abdominal bloating. Exercise for 30 minutes a day to quickly reduce bloating.

Take fibre supplements. Oftentimes, abdominal bloating results from constipation or infrequent bowel movements. Take a laxative to quickly ease constipation, or take fibre supplements to promote regularity and reduce bloating.

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Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.