Burping Too Much? How To Treat It
Whether you call it burping, belching, or by the scientific name eructation, the often noisy release of air can be embarrassing as well as uncomfortable. If you are burping too much or just want to know how to treat belching at any level, here are some tips.
Burping is a natural phenomenon
Before we get to the burping tips, let’s take a look at a new study appearing in the American Journal of Physiology/Gastrointestinal Liver Physiology in which researchers explored how the body responds during burping. The study was conducted in dogs whose muscle responses were studied after feeding.
The investigators found that burping occurs in three distinct phases, each of which involves a variety of specific muscles and actions. This information may prove helpful in better understanding gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
But what exactly is burping? It is a natural and voluntary or involuntary release of air from the stomach or esophagus through the mouth. Burping is usually caused by swallowing air, but it also can occur because of nervousness or a medical condition (e.g., gallbladder problems, ulcers).
Do you burp a little or a lot? Either way, the following tips can help you reduce this activity.
Tips on how to reduce burping
Since burping is often associated with swallowed air, many of the tips involve reducing or eliminating this habit. Some of them may surprise you.
- Be polite. Eating with your mouth open is not only impolite, it also can cause you to swallow air.
- Check your dentures. If you wear dentures, a poor fit can cause you to swallow air.
- Stop smoking. You inhale more than smoke when you puff on a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. And don't worry: there are ways to help prevent weight gain after you quit smoking!
- Slow down. If you eat too fast, you take in lots of air with your food.
- Reconsider gum and hard candy. Both of these foods, including lollipops, increase air swallowing.
- Ditch the straw. Using a straw encourages air swallowing.
- Move after a meal. Staying active after a meal rather than lying down can encourage air to escape rather than accumulate and cause discomfort or pain.
- Hold back. Some people experience chronic burping, but it is best to suppress a burp in such cases because repeated burping stimulates more burping.
- Limit bubble producing beverages. Carbonated soft drinks and beer can stimulate burping.
- Lemon. Combine 1 teaspoon of fresh or bottled lemon juice with ½ teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of water. Drink it immediately after meals.
- Spice medley. Combine equal amounts of celery seed, cumin, and fennel, roast them in the oven, and chew about ½ teaspoon after a meal, followed by 1/3 cup of warm water.
- Ginger tea. Prepare ginger tea by pouring 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 teaspoon fresh ginger pulp or freshly grated gingerroot. Steep for 5 minutes and enjoy after a meal.
- Papaya. Include papaya after your meal or use a papaya supplement or papaya tea. This tropical fruit contains an active ingredient called papain, an enzyme that can aid digestion and relieve burping.
You don’t need to be embarrassed or uncomfortable with burping again if you remember and try these tips.
Lang IM et al. The digestive and respiratory tract motor responses associated with eructation. American Journal of Physiology/Gastrointestinal Liver Physiology 2013 Apr 11