8 Little-Known Causes of Bloating (That Have Nothing to Do With Food)

Lindsey Metrus
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Similar to acne and ingrown hairs, bloating is one of those annoying physical nuances for which we're always in search of a remedy. The hunt feels never-ending because bloating is a complex concept. For starters, it comes in two forms: water retention and gas, both with separate root causes. It's also considered a "secondary ailment" that's non-threatening, so the need to put research funding behind it isn't pressing. And because there are so many contributing factors behind bloating, it's hard to pinpoint what the specific culprit may be. Oftentimes it's food (processed, refined foods are big-time causes of bloating), but in several cases, it's something completely unexpected. To help shed some light on these sneaky suspects, we've outlined them for you below.

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