Battling back against bloating

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Bloating is an extremely common condition that can signal a range of issues from hormonal, to bad diet or even certain cancers.

Dr. Megan Pallister with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic says bloating bothers a lot of women. Hormone changes, water retention or even too much salt are the most common reasons for the symptom.

“We will recommend hormonal medications like birth control pills, you can even take your birth control pills continuously so that you don’t have the hormonal shifts, you can try diets that can help with bloating, decreased salt, decreased certain types of sugars can make it worse and increasing your water intake actually helps to get rid of some of the salt,” she explains.

One thing she advises against is masking symptoms with over-the-counter drugs.

“It can affect your water intake, it can affect your electrolytes and they can kind of falsely give you a better sense things are going OK,” Dr. Pallister says.

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