How does bloating affect the body?

Bloating is usually harmless to the body. However, sometimes on rare occasions bloating may be caused by an underlying serious condition, such as gallbladder disease, celiac disease, or a pancreatic disorder. In these cases, the body's inability to digest food leads to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or unexplained weight loss. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

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When intestinal gas isn't released through belching or flatulence (passing gas), you can end up with a bloated belly. There are simple steps you can take to stop bloating, from avoiding certain foods to eating more slowly. In some ...

cases bloating is related to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or lactose intolerance. Learn more about causes of stomach bloating and ways to prevent it with expert advice from Sharecare.

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