Stomach bloating – the ‘surprising’ drink that causes trapped wind and tummy aches

Stomach bloating affects most people at some point during their lifetime, according to the NHS.

It could be caused by having a food intolerance, eating too much in one go, or even by adding certain foods to your diet.

But making some diet or lifestyle changes could lower your risk of trapped wind.

One of the most surprising drinks that could cause stomach bloating is fruit juice, it’s been claimed.

Although you may think fruit juice is a healthy choice of drink, it could be adding to your stomach bloating.

They’re “super high” in sugars, which may be disrupting the balance in some patients’ guts, claimed nutritionist and herbal advisor for A.Vogel, Emma Thornton.

Some people struggle to absorb these sugars, which is why they may feel bloated after drinking fruit juice.

“It’s been drilled into us that fruit and fruit juices are super healthy, but the concentrated juices, in particular, can be problematic,” said Thornton.

“They are super high in fructose. Some people may be able to tolerate larger amounts of fructose, but for others, it isn’t well absorbed and can cause havoc in your gut.

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“Swap sickly sweet fruit juices for some hot water with lemon in.”

“Lemon slices are well tolerated by most, have a lovely refreshing taste and are packed full of vitamin C.”

Fruit juices and squash can be high in sugar, which could also lead to tooth decay, warned the NHS.

They can also have few nutrients, and may be very filling, which reduces your appetite for foods that contain the nutrients you need, it added.

The Government suggests limiting the amount of fruit juice in your diet to around 150ml a day – the equivalent to about one serving.

Unsweetened, fresh 100 per cent fruit juice can, however, count as one of your five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

Apples could also be causing your stomach bloating pain, warned Thornton.

They contain sugars that aren’t easily digested, and cause excess gas.

Try swapping your apples for a handful of berries – particularly strawberries and raspberries, she said.

Speak to a doctor if you constantly feel bloated, as it could be a sign of something more serious.

It could be caused by Coeliac disease – a common digestive condition – or irritable bowel syndromes.

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