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A bloated belly presents as a visibly distended abdomen that may feel uncomfortably full or gaseous. It occurs in isolation from weight gain, such that even as body fat percentage remains the same, the bloated person feels, weighs, and appears to be heavier. The causes for bloating may range from small and relatively unproblematic health issues to serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. Experts thus insist that anyone who experiences bloating on a very frequent, almost routine basis should not take it lightly. They should get themselves checked to ensure that something more serious does not underlie their swollen belly. These are some of the health issues are associated with bloating.

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1. Hormonal Fluctuations

Many women experience feeling bloated at specific times during their menstrual cycle. Bloating may be particularly noticeable at the time of ovulation and just before they begin menstruating. At both these stages of the cycle, the body's hormone balance shifts due to changes in the womb's environment. Some of the hormonal fluctuations, primarily of estrogen and progesterone, leading to fluid retention in the body. This appears as bloating of the belly and lower abdomen. Many doctors do not recommend any medication for such bloating, but rather suggest simple dietary and lifestyle changes to cope with it. Some herbal and natural remedies have been found to be very effective in providing relief from bloating as well.

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