7 Reasons and remedies for excessive burping

Burping is the natural way of the evacuation of non-essential gases from the digestive system. Swallowing too much air, consuming foods in abnormal quantity often lead to excessive burping and bloating problems. Burping produces severe discomfort, but it is not something to worry about. Some factors cause burping in humans.

Here is a list of causes of burping along with possible remedies for them.

1. Swallowing Excess Air While Eating

Burping occurs due to excess gulping of air while you talk or eat. Yawning even leads to excessive burping. The air passes through our digestive system, and the same rejects it with a burp. Chewing gums, candies, and using a straw to drink can also cause you to burp.

How to avoid?

Stop gulping your food, chew it slowly. This prevents you from swallowing too much air along with your meal. Avoid drinking with a straw.

2. A Postnasal Drip

A postnasal drip or drainage due to excessive cold or allergies cause you to swallow more air than the appropriate amount. The air thus ingested can cause you to burp more often.

How to avoid?

You must consider finding the prime reason behind your postnasal drip. Treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. Sinusitis and other mucus related problems can be effectively healed by using essential oils and flavoured tea products.

3. Medications

Certain types of medicines like antibiotics, painkillers or antidepressants disturb the bacterial composition of the guts and contribute to severe bloating and belching.

How to avoid?

If you are frequently burping while you are on medication, consult your physician and discuss its possible remedies. Start eliminating foods from your regular diet that cause excessive gas and bloating during your medication.

4. Eating Certain Foods

Burping is caused by some foods that produce gas within your system. Green veggies like beans, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower and whole grains are loaded with a complex carbohydrate called raffinose that hampers the digestive mechanism within your body. Fruits like apples, peaches, raisins, apricots, prunes, and pears are enriched with a fruit sugar called sorbitol that is tough to digest. Aerated drinks and hard confectionaries cause excessive belching and burping.

How to avoid?

Refrain from consuming citrus fruits and spicy foods. Stop drinking aerated beverages. Soak your beans in fresh water before cooking them. Don’t lie down immediately after a meal. Sit up straight for a while.

5. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Indigestion

Excessive burping is caused due to gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Due to improper closing of the muscles at the end of the oesophagus, the stomach contents rise into the oesophagus again, causing you to burp. Untreated GERD also causes heartburn and ruptures the lining of the digestive tract, causing intestinal infections.

Acute indigestion also leads to burps releasing pungent smell since they contain foul-smelling gases.

How to avoid?

Drink ginger tea or fennel tea on a regular basis to reduce the gas and burping effect. Ginger after a heavy meal always helps you in proper digestion.

6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People infected with irritable bowel syndrome often experience burping and bloating problems accompanied by abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, and bloating.

How to avoid?

You cannot cure IBS completely. Hence, you need to do specific alterations in your diet, practice some exercises to get relief from

stress and anxiety and follow medications as prescribed by your doctors.

7. Depression

Belching or bloating occurs when a person gets depressed or worried. Frequent burps are considered to be one of the prime symbols of depression. People often become nervous and swallow too much air that leads to frequent burping.

How to avoid?

If you are stressed out, consult with a counsellor to solve your problems. Behavioural therapies often help you in dealing with emotional sparks and often burping gets stopped.

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