While burping is not a medical condition, it can definitely be embarrassing. Burping, or belching, is just the result of swallowing too much air, and it actually serves a purpose.
It’s the way the body removes gas from the stomach – if it wasn’t eliminated there, you might suffer from severe stomach cramps. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent excessive burping and the embarrassment that results.
Scarfing your food down is a great way to encourage burping, so if you’d like to avoid this, eat your food slowly and deliberately, chewing everything completely before swallowing.
Most of us are in such a hurry that we tend to quickly chow down our food, getting a lot of air into the stomach. It’s also important to keep your mouth closed while you chew. It’s not only good manners – it will help to prevent swallowing air.
Chew on ginger
Ginger is great for all types of digestive ailments, including burping. Try chewing on a piece of whole ginger twice a day, or sip ginger tea, which is equally effective. Drinking most any type of herbal tea, especially chamomile or mint, after a meal is also a good way to get rid of those burps.
Cut back on gassy foods
When you eat, the digestive system breaks down your food into usable energy to power the body’s various processes and functions. However, the gut has a difficult time breaking down certain foods into just energy and waste, so gas is the leftover product when these types of foods sit in the colon.
Reducing your consumption of foods that tend to cause gas, like milk and other dairy products, beans, cabbage, prunes, and artificially-sweetened foods like soda and candy, can help reduce burping.
Now you have one more reason among a very long list to quit smoking. Those who smoke tend to burp a lot as smoke accumulates in the stomach – if you smoke regularly, you’ll inhale more smoke than you’ll exhale. This leads to an accumulation of nicotine in the body, which can cause frequent burping.
Drink a baking soda/lemon mix
If you’re a chronic burper, this is a very simple method to control it. Just mix one tablespoon of lemon juice and one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it after each meal. It aids digestion and also eliminates burps.
Drinking water, fresh juice or tea instead of soda, beer and other carbonated beverages is not only better for your health, it can also reduce that unpleasant belching.
Eat more papaya
Eating organic papaya not only offers great health benefits, including better skin, it can also help to eliminate burping. Papaya contains an enzyme known as papain which aids digestion and helps to prevent gas from forming in the stomach, getting rid of those embarrassing burps.
If despite following all these tips your frequent belching continues, you may have to accept it as a natural body function, as most physicians feel there is really no reason to suppress it.
-The Alternative Daily