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May 30, 2009, last updated May 3, 2012


By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist



We all let slip a sneaky burp or two every once in a while –
burping and belching are a natural product of the digestive
system breaking down the carbohydrates and proteins we eat.
But constant burping, or burping so much people start to
comment – is this normal? Burping is usually caused by
swallowed air or by the breakdown of your lunch or dinner
heading up from the stomach. If serial burping is interfering
with your daily activities or you’re worried your frequent
burping is the sign of something serious, it’s time to take
action. Why are you burping so much? What can you do about
your over-the-top belching?

Why Am I Burping So Much?

We all have the ability to burp – even babies do it. The process
medically referred to as eructation is when we expel gas from
our stomach out through our mouth, often accompanied by a
noise. Burping is most often a response to swallowed air that
inflates the stomach. Burping may be universal but it seems
some people are more proficient at it than others. Burping a lot
can be a matter of habit, personal preference, or the sign of a
physical condition. Some of us burp a lot because we dislike the
sensation of air and bloating in our stomach and we choose to
expel the gas in the form of a burp. Many people have got used
to relieving the pressure in their stomach after a large meal in
this way. We all know someone who can burp on cue. But if
burping does not relieve the symptoms of excessive air in the
stomach, or you are burping uncontrollably, there may be a
reason behind the symptom.

Causes of Excess Burping


























Swallowing air, which causes burping, is something we all do
but certain conditions can increase the amount of air we take
in. These conditions include anxiety, hyperventilation, nasal
congestion, and certain mouth and dental problems. Other
conditions that can cause you to burp a lot include
acid reflux
or gastroesophageal reflux disease (
GERD), inflammation of the
stomach lining (gastritis), delayed stomach emptying
(gastroparesis), or peptic ulcer disease.

We’ve looked at the common reasons for excessive burping to
find out what you can do about the problem. Here are some
top tips for relieving burping and staying belch-free for longer.

1.
Check Your Diet to Limit Burping

What you eat and drink, and the way you eat and drink, could
be having a huge bearing on how much you belch. Check your
diet and quit some habits to lessen your burps. For a start, cut
out or cut down your intake of carbonated drinks including
sodas and beer. These release carbon dioxide gas which makes
you burp more. Give gum and hard candy a miss – sucking on
these helps you swallow more air than usual, resulting in more
burps than usual. Slow down when eating. Take your time and
eat small mouthfuls, trying not to gulp or eat excessively heavy
meals. Don’t drink your beverages through a straw. And don’t
smoke – smoking causes you to swallow air and can result in a
bad burping habit.

2.
Live Yogurt for Burping

Live yogurt can help keep your digestion on track and lessen
the amount of gas produced by your digestive system. Live
yogurt contains friendly bacteria - lactobacillus acidophilus –
that helps prevent infections and assists your digestive tract. A
2003 study from the German Institute of Human Nutrition,
Bergholz-Rehbrücke, Germany found the bacteria in live yogurt
helped 70 people with chronic constipation, relieving symptoms
such as a distended stomach and burping. A little yogurt each
morning could help prevent you from burping your way
through the rest of the day.

3.
Drink Peppermint Tea to Ease Excessive Burping

Peppermint is often used to treat the symptoms of indigestion,
and experts believe its properties could help those suffering
from burping as a result of indigestion pain. According to a
1996 study by the University Medical Clinic and Outpatient
Clinic, Bochum, Germany found peppermint and caraway oil
reduced pain associated with indigestion in 39 individuals.
Many people swear by drinking peppermint tea to relieve gas
and prevent burping. Give it a try in exchange for one of your
daily cups of tea or coffee.

4.
Can Candytuft Help Lessen Burping?

Dyspepsia is the term given to digestive distress without any
outside cause, which causes symptoms like burping and
bloating. Candytuft is popular in Germany for treating
dyspepsia and many studies have shown the herb to be useful
in treating the uncomfortable condition, including a 2007 study
from Zentrum für Innere Medizin, Germany. These studies have
led rise to the development of a candytuft combination product
also containing chamomile, peppermint, licorice root, lemon
balm, caraway, celandine and milk thistle for indigestion and
burping.  

5.
Take Turmeric to Tone Down Your Burps

A spicier alternative to peppermint and candytuft is proposed
to help relieve indigestion and dyspepsia. Turmeric may help
cut belching due to dyspepsia, according to experts. A 1989
Thai study by Thamlikitkul V, Bunyapraphatsara N et al
compared the effects of 500mg of turmeric a day against
placebo and found 87 percent of those taking the turmeric
preparation experienced full or partial symptom relief from
dyspepsia.

6.
Is Boldo Good for Burping?

The herb boldo could help you if you suffer from excessive
burping due to indigestion, according to a 1999 study from
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. The study
looked at 76 people who took a treatment containing boldo as
well as celandine and turmeric and experienced relief from their
symptoms.

7.
Curb Anxiety to Prevent Excessive Burping

One of the reasons we burp a lot is due to anxiety. Anxiety
affects you in different ways, including making you swallow a
lot more air than you need. And burping too much can set off
an anxious reaction – the more you burp, the more you feel the
need to burp.

Relaxation can help lessen the belches and control your
breathing. One herb that has been touted as an anxiety reliever
is valerian. A 2002 study from Universidade Federal do Paraná,
Curitiba, Brazil found valerian was helpful for relieving anxiety
and a 1988 study by University of Erlangen-Nuremberg,
Germany discovered valerian helped calm sufferers in stressful
situations. The herb may be helpful if you burp too much when
you are anxious or facing stress in your daily life.

8.
Check Your Dentures to Prevent Burping

Poor dental hygiene and badly fitting dentures can result in you
swallowing excess air when you chew food and when you
drink. Ask your dentist to check your dentures if you are
having problems with burps – a better-fitting mouthpiece could
be just what you need to cut down your belching.

9.
Treat Heartburn to Prevent Burping

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn,
produces a back-up of stomach acid in your esophagus,
causing you to repeatedly swallow to clear it. Swallowing lets
more air into your stomach, resulting in burping. Try
deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), a special preparation made
from the herb licorice, which is said to treat heartburn. A 1990
study from the Department of Medicine, University Hospital of
South Manchester, UK certainly found this to be the case.

10.
Control Chronic Nasal Stuffiness for Fewer Burps

When your nose is congested, through allergies or the common
cold, you tend to gulp down more air through your mouth as
you try to breathe more easily. This may result in excessive
belching as the air travels from your stomach as gas. Try
eucalyptus which contains the essential oil cineol, to clear
congestion and cut down the amount of air you swallow. A
2004 study from Klink and Ambulatorium für HNO-Frankeiten,
Aachen, Germany found eucalyptus at 200mg a day
significantly reduced symptoms of
nasal stuffiness occurring
with the common cold. (Read more about
natural remedies for
a stuffy nose.)












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Peppermint can help decrease burping.