Burping is defined as the release of air through the mouth. The process is noisy, as the air is forcefully released from the stomach. Often presented as belching, the constant burping can also be accompanied by different odors (depending on the foods that were previously eaten). It is important to understand that burping is a natural process, as the gas accumulated in the stomach has to be released. However, when a person suffers from a digestive problem, the burping might be more frequent than it is normal.
By addressing the underlying digestive problem with home remedies, the frequency of the burping will be reduced as well. However, before considering a particular home remedy, it is important to identify its exact cause. Constant burping can cause a lot of discomfort and it can also have psychological consequences, as the person feels ashamed when being in public. The proper treatment of the root cause will eliminate the constant burping and all of the associated discomfort that comes with it.
While burping is a normal physical occurrence, one must learn how to draw the line between normal and pathologic. If you notice a change in the burping frequency or if the process becomes noisier than usual, perhaps you should consider visiting a doctor. Also, you will notice that after the burping, you might feel a burning sensation on your esophagus. This might be an indication that you are suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux. Selecting the proper home remedies for this problem will contribute to the improvement of burping as well.
Home remedies are recommended for constant burping, as they do not have harmful side-effects. Also, the doctor will probably recommend that you change your diet, so as to avoid foods that are causing a lot of gas. Sometimes, the beverages that you drink are directly responsible for the constant burping. You should avoid sodas, as these contain a lot of harmful gas. A healthier lifestyle will make you feel great and not bloated, feeling the constant need for burping.
Causes of Constant Burping
These are the most common causes of constant burping:
Excessive swallowing of air
This is a medical condition known as aerophagia. It appears in persons who do not take their time to eat, thus swallowing a lot of air but also in those who prefer sodas. Drinking liquids through a straw will also lead to this problem.
The wrong diet can lead to constant burping.
- Foods that produce a lot of gas include: fat foods, chocolate, fast food, highly refined products or those who have gone through several processing stages.
- Acidic foods are known to cause a lot of gas plus that burning sensation that remains after the actual burping.
- Vegetables – you might not have known that but there are veggies that enter a process of fermentation when ingested. They reach the stomach and cause a lot of gas. Among these veggies, be sure to avoid beans, onions and cabbage.
Accidental swallowing of indigestible products
The build up of small fragments can cause a partial bowel obstruction, leading to the accumulation of gas.
- Gastro-esophageal reflux – after a person eats, the acid from the stomach is produced in excess and it leads to burping. The patient also suffers from a burning sensation on the esophagus.
- Gastritis – this is the inflammation of the stomach lining, being caused by a wrong diet or stress. The patient suffers from stomach pain and feels the need to burp constantly.
- Irritable bowel syndrome – this appears in persons suffering from anxiety. The bowels are under constant stress and a lot of gas is produced. Besides the constant burping, patients also suffer from bloating and diarrhea/constipation.
- Hiatal hernia – this condition occurs when the stomach is practically drawn into the thorax through the hiatal opening. It can lead to gas buildup, among other modifications.
- Gastric ulcer – this occurs if the stomach gastritis is left untreated. A hole appears in the interior lining of the stomach, leading to a lot of pain, burning sensation and constant burping.
- Paresis of the stomach – if the stomach muscles function too slowly or they are unable to function at all, then the food will remain in the stomach for a prolonged period of time and excessive gas will be produced.
- Gastric cancer – apart from the constant burping, patients suffering from this condition exhibit vomiting, gastric hemorrhage and excessive pain.
The digestion process is slowed down by the pregnancy, thus causing the accumulation of gas and constant burping.
These are the most common home remedies you can consider for constant burping:
Use herbs that can help with flatulence
The following herbs are recommended for such purposes:
- Chamomile – Chamomile tea
- Ginger – Fresh/capsules/tincture, Ginger tea
- Cardamom : Cardamom tea – better food digestion, reduced burping
- Peppermint :Peppermint tea , Chewing of fresh mint leaves
Include foods in your diet that help you maintain a healthy digestive system
- Fenugreek seeds
- Other types of seeds (contain active substances that contribute to the expelling of gas):
- Yoghurt – probiotics do wonders for the gastrointestinal tract, as they help you maintain healthy bacteria and eliminate the bad ones
- Fresh papaya – papain enzyme helps with the release of excessive gas.
In conclusion, there are many home remedies that can applied for the reduction of burping frequency. All of these home remedies are meant to reduce the amount of gas produced in the gastrointestinal tract, helping not only with the burping but also with the stomach pain, burning sensation and other upsetting symptoms. In order for the home remedies to be effective, one must avoid foods that cause excessive gas and quit bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Being physically active also helps a person maintain good bowel movements, reducing the frequency of burping. Take your time to eat, including to chew the food before actually swallowing it.