(HealthDay News) — Bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract fills with air or gas. This uncomfortable feeling can be caused by eating certain foods and constipation, among other reasons.

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To prevent bloating, the American Academy of Family Physicians says you should avoid:

  • Foods known to cause gas, such as beans and lentils.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Straws for drinking.
  • Carbonated drinks, such as soda.
  • Dairy products, if they cause bloating.
  • Smoking.

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GERD is the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus. See Answer