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Last updated January 25, 2017 (originally published February 19, 2014)


By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist








A belch or two after a big meal or a few drinks is completely
normal. But belching all the time? That gets tiring – for you,
and for your family and friends. Everyone tells you to stop but
what if you can’t – even at work or out on a date? What
happens when belching becomes a major problem? Is there
anything you can do to stop this embarrassing occurrence?

Why Do You Belch?

Belching (or the medical term eructation) happens when you
need to release air from your stomach. Every time you eat,
drink, or swallow you take in air along with your food or drink.
When air builds up, your stomach stretches, and the muscle at
the bottom of your esophagus relaxes, expelling the air out of
the mouth with that characteristic sound.

If you can’t stop belching it may be because you are
consciously or unconsciously swallowing too much air, a
condition called "aerophagia". Common reasons for too much
air in the stomach include drinking and eating too quickly,
drinking carbonated beverages, and becoming anxious.

Aerophagia is also a common side effect experienced by people
using a CPAP machine to treat
sleep apnea.

Belching is also a side effect of a disease like
gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD)
, inflammation of the stomach lining
(
gastritis), peptic ulcer disease or delayed stomach emptying
(gastroparesis).

However, you can have a chronic belching problem without
swallowing too much air or suffering from GERD or another
condition. For some people, belching is a useful way of
relieving any kind of abdominal discomfort and it becomes a
habit. And for many people that belch all the time, air never
even enters the stomach meaning they can belch at will even
when there is little or no air in the stomach.

Is Belching Really a Problem?

While some people may laugh if you tell them you’re worried
about your constant belching, the condition is real
.

A
2006 study from Sheffield Children's Hospital, UK says
repetitive belching “can be distressing and its management can
be difficult and challenging.” If you are belching a lot and
never seem to feel any relief from abdominal pain you should
see a doctor as it could be a sign that something is wrong with
your digestive system.

We’ve looked at the recent scientific evidence to see how you
can reduce your belches and suffer less from this
uncomfortable condition.

7 Natural Remedies for Belching






























1. Change Position to Stop Belches

If you can’t seem to stop belching and you’re suffering from a
buildup of gas in your stomach, change your position.


You can find quick relief by lying down on your side or with
your knees raised to your chest until the gas passes.


[Update:

The best position for eliminating gas from your stomach is to sit
up. Sitting in an upright position empties gas from your
stomach, according to a 2003 study from University Hospital
Vall d’Hebron, Autonomous University of Barcelona.]


2.
Watch Your Diet to Avoid Belching

Be careful with what you eat and how you eat it so you can
stop belching so much. In particular, skip gas-producing foods
and carbonated drinks that release carbon dioxide gas. Avoid
chewing gum, eating hard candy, and sucking through a straw
as these actions result in more air delivered to your stomach.
Eat slowly and don’t gulp to stop yourself swallowing air.

3.
Eat Licorice for GERD and to Avoid Belching

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that can
result in excessive belching.

With GERD, stomach acid splashes upwards and causes
heartburn or pain in the chest.

A 2006 study from Sint Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The
Netherlands showed that people with GERD swallow air more
frequently and belch more often than healthy people.

Try deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), a specially formulated
type of licorice, which has shown some promise for the
treatment of GERD, according to studies such as a 1990 report
from the University Hospital of South Manchester.  

4.
Treat Dyspepsia to Stop Excessive Belching

Frequent belching is a common symptom in people with
dyspepsia, with up to 80 percent of patients suffering from the
condition, according to a 2007 study from University Medical
Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Artichoke leaf may help
resolve symptoms of dyspepsia such as belching, according to a
2003 study from the University of Essen, Germany. In the
study an extract of artichoke leaf proved successful at
alleviating symptoms – more effective than placebo.

5.
Can Turmeric Prevent Belching?

Turmeric, the spice, contains curcumin which is thought to help
relieve symptoms of indigestion and dyspepsia. A Thai study
(1989) by Thamlikitkul V, Bunyapraphatsara N, Dechatiwongse
T, et al found 87 percent of people taking the extract of
curcumin experienced either full or partial relief of the
symptoms including belching.

6.
Behavioral Therapy for Belching

Aside from herbs and other natural remedies, it seems that
behavioral therapy can be useful for people that can’t stop
belching. In a 2007 study from the Sint Antonius Hospital,
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, researchers discussed the
problem of frequent belching – often up to 20 times per minute
and usually throughout the consultation with the doctor –
which is caused by sucking in too much air. This condition,
researchers say, is a behavioral disorder and can be cured by
behavioral therapy or speech therapy.  

7.
Relieve Gastritis to Stop Belching

Gastritis is a condition where the lining of your stomach
becomes inflamed, resulting in discomfort and sometimes
excessive belching.

One of the underlying causes of gastritis is infection from the
organism H. pylori – some natural therapies are successful at
inhibiting the growth of this organism.

For example, a 2002 study from Università Cattolica del Sacro
Cuore, Policlinico Gemelli, Roma, Italy looked at probiotics,
which were found to improve the rate at which the organism
was eradicated – resulting in fewer problems with belches.

One probiotic food which you may try, and which as a side
benefit helps to manage your weight, is the common
artichoke.












































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