Stomach bloating may be caused by what you have eaten, or an intolerance for a substance such as milk.
It could also be a sign of something more serious, such as bowel cancer, as this can block an intestine, causing discomfort and painful bloating.
Treatment for this focuses taking natural remedies like yoghurt, or consuming more fruit and vegetables to help, to bring it down and help prevent it in future.
Other natural remedies include eating kimchi and sauerkraut fermented foods, as a way to treat the condition.
Dietitian Helen Bond, registered with the British Dietetic Association, says you should avoid broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage to help prevent bloating.
Recommending what food groups to cut out to prevent bloating she says, “typically, foods known to cause excess wind or bloating are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage”.
“[cutting out food groups] relies heavily on trial and error, as no two bodies are the same,” she adds.
“A good way to determine what might work best for you, so you aren’t unnecessarily cutting out food groups and in turn missing out on important nutrients for overall health and wellbeing, is to try keeping a food and symptom diary for a couple of weeks to pinpoint if certain foods are the cause of your bloating.”
However, you should still try to eat your five-a-day of fruit and veg.
Plants that may not make you bloated include cucumber, asparagus and avocados, among others.
Healthline says that other cruciferous vegetables such as brussel sprouts may also cause bloating.
“These are very healthy, containing many essential nutrients like fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and potassium,” says the American health website.
“However, they also contain substances that may cause bloating in some people.”
To reduce the bloating impact, they recommend cooking cruciferous vegetables.
Healthline adds that sweet potatoes, courgette, spinach and lettuce won’t cause bloating if they’re consumed.
Helen adds that another great way to avoid stomach bloating is to maintain a healthy community of gut bacteria.
“It’s important to maintain our microflora throughout life and you can do this by eating a diverse range of nutritious foods such as fruit and veg, high-fibre foods including wholegrains, and fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and fermented milk drinks, like kefir,” she said.
“We often associate the word bacteria with negative connotations, considering any type of bacteria to be ‘bad’ but this simply isn’t true!
“In fact, there are good bacteria in our gut, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, and research reveals that when this population of good bacteria thrives, the healthier and more resistant to illness we will be.”
She also recommends getting our bacteria from different sources to ensure we maintain a diverse community. Possible sources include yogurts and supplements containing live bacteria.