Stomach bloating could be avoided by making diet changes, such as eating less sugar.
That’s according to nutritionist Jeannette Hyde, who said sugary foods should be limited to just a treat.
“Try to keep your sugar intake low,” she wrote in her book The Gut Makeover.
“It isn’t known exactly why sugar can lead to an imbalance of beneficial bacteria and non-beneficial bacteria and bloating, but to look and feel your best it’s worth keeping as a treat.
She also recommended avoiding sweeteners in coffee and tea as a sugar alternative, as these can also cause bloating.
High sugar products include fruit juice, chocolate and some breakfast cereals which, if consumed several times a day may cause stomach bloating, according to nutritionist Hyde.
The NHS said added sugars should make up just five per cent of an adult’s calorie intake, or about 30 grams a day.
“Fruit juice and honey count as added sugars,” they said online, “as they’re sometimes added to foods to make them sweeter.
“Fruit juice is still a healthy choice with one 150 millilitre serving counting towards your five a day.
“However, the sugars can damage your teeth, so it’s best to drink it with a meal and no more than one serving a day.”
Sugar alcohols, including sorbitol and mannitol, could also cause stomach bloating added Healthline.
The medical website stated, “Sugar alcohols are used to replace sugar in sugar-free foods and chewing gums.”
“[However], consuming high amounts of sugar alcohols may cause digestive issues, such as bloating, gas and diarrhoea.”
Writing online, nutritionist Dr Josh Axe advised avoiding sweetener Xylitol to prevent bloating.
“Sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body an d cause an allergic reaction in those who have a sensitivity to it,” he said.
Dr Axe added xylitol could have effects include stomach bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhoea.
Drinking a blueberry and ginger smoothie may be another way to reduce bloating, according to Dr Vincent Pedre.
“Feeling bloated after too much dinner last night? Or did you wake up this morning and think to yourself, ‘There’s no way I can squeeze into those jeans?,” he wrote on prevention.com
“Start your day wit the one meal that can beat bloating while helping flatten your stomach.
“We’re talking about the ultimate liquid meal: The smoothie.”