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Causes of Excessive Burping and 7 Home Remedies for Burping

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Bajaj Finserv Health
April 21st, 2022
10 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Did you know there is no difference between burping and belching?
  • Burping causes your digestive tract to release excess accumulated air
  • Having ginger or papaya are some home remedies for burping relief

Burping, also known as belching, can help release excess air from your digestive system. It is considered healthy to burp once in a while to let out gas from your body. While it can be embarrassing, it is a natural reaction! But if you are burping too much, it could be a sign of an underlying health problem. Read on to understand how to deal with continuous burping for hours or how to stop burping excessively.

What causes excessive burping? 

When you swallow your food, it passes through a tube inside your body known as the esophagus. Your food passes this tube to get to your stomach. Here your body uses bacteria, acid and chemicals known as enzymes to break down the food. If you swallow air along with your food or drink a lot of soda, the gasses can come back up through your esophagus. Burps are commonly caused by these carbonated beverages or swallowing air during eating [1]. Most times the gas does not make it to your stomach, staying trapped in your esophagus until it comes back up.

While it is normal to burp, excessive burping or continuous burping for hours may be due to health issues like functional dyspepsia or gastroesophageal reflux disease [2].

Other burping causes include: 

  • Swallowing air while chewing gum 
  • Smoking 
  • Eating fast without chewing properly 
  • Using dentures that do not fit properly  
  • Indigestion 
  • Drinking too many caffeinated beverages 
  • Stomach infections  
  • Food intolerance 
  • Gastritis, the irritated or inflamed lining of your stomach  
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Alcohol consumption

While you can resolve the issue by trying out simple home remedies for burping, if the issue persists you should contact your doctor.

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What are some effective home remedies for burping? 

It is not generally a serious condition but can be irritating if you experience continuous burping for hours. Here are some natural home remedies you can try.

Ginger 

Including ginger in your diet can be beneficial in curing gastro-related problems that can cause burping. In fact, it is one of the most popular home remedies for burping. It can also help curing indigestion and nausea since it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic properties. Chew a small piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea with lemon and honey to avail maximum benefits.

Papaya 

Papaya contains enzymes that aid in digestion and stop the growth of bacteria. It is one of the most effective natural remedies for heartburn and burping. You can either eat raw papaya or include it in a smoothie.

Additional read: Benefits of Papaya

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Banana 

This fruit contains high fiber content which reduces belching and aids in digestion. Eat a banana if you feel you are burping too much. Eating one banana a day is enough, so there is no need to overdo it. Keep in mind that bananas may cause bloating or gas in those who already have digestive health issues or don’t eat much fiber.

Cardamom 

Cardamom in your food can boost digestion by helping your stomach produce more digestive juices. This prevents the formation of gas, which is why it is commonly eaten after meals, especially in India. You can just pop a few cardamom seeds in your mouth and chew. You can also boil some cardamom in water and add honey to it before you drink.

Tulsi 

Tulsi leaves have carminative properties that stop the formation of gas that causes burping. Chewing a few leaves every day in the morning can help prevent burping. You can also add a few leaves in your morning tea or drinking water. If you are wondering how to stop it, have tulsi on a daily basis and see the results.

Yogurt 

Yogurt helps in curing indigestion, one of the primary burping causes, and prevents the formation of gas by balancing the bacteria in your gut. It helps with all kinds of digestive disorders. There are many ways in which you can consume yogurt. You can eat it just as it is or make buttermilk by mixing yogurt with water, roasted cumin powder and salt.

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How can you prevent excessive burping? 

If you are concerned about excessive burping, talk to your doctor. You can also take the following preventive measures against excessive burping 

  • Eat or drink more slowly as you’re less likely to swallow air that way 
  • Avoid eating foods that lead to gas like beans or dairy products  
  • Say no to drinking soda or beer regularly Avoid chewing gum  
  • Stop smoking  
  • Walk after eating as this will help your digestion 
  •  Take an antacid 

If you want to know how to stop burping immediately, there is no guaranteed way to do this. You can try to sip ginger tea, have fennel seeds or go for a walk to relieve the symptom.

Additional read: How Does Consuming Fennel Seeds Help Your Body, Hair, and Skin?

It can be managed with a few simple dietary changes and a good lifestyle. A few burps every day are normal, but certain health conditions or habits can make you burp more than that. Swallowing excessive air is the simplest explanation for burping, but you should see a doctor if you face excessive burping or if the burping is accompanied by chronic heartburn or stomach ache. If you are burping too much, book a doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. This way you can talk to top gastroenterologists who can guide you towards better digestive health. 

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