Stop Belching Naturally

Belching and burping are both completely normal functions that occur when the body fills up with too much digestive gas and has to release some. If you don’t burp or belch, chances are you’ll find yourself with terrible cramps before too long. In some cultures it is considered a compliment, but in Western cultures it is seen as rude and uncouth, so it’s best to avoid belching or burping when at the dinner table. In most cases eating slowly and without talking will help to prevent the need to burp at the table, but for those burps that come later, consider these simple home remedies.

 

Why am I belching?

Many things can cause belching including the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Medications
  • Chocolate
  • Eating too much at one sitting
  • Eating too fast
  • Eating while upset
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcers
  • Smoking
  • Spicy foods
  • High-fat foods
  • Greasy foods
  • Gastritis
  • Tobacco use
  • High fiber foods

 

How can I prevent belching?

  • Eat slower
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Try not to swallow air while speaking
  • Avoid excessive consumption of onions and chocolate
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Stop smoking
  • Try to reduce stress

 

How can I treat belching?

  • Keep a food diary and track what foods you eat that cause you to belch most.
  • Avoid straws; they may cause you to suck up too much air.
  • Colds can cause burping so get your cold treated.
  • Eat slowly and without talking to avoid swallowing too much air.
  • Make sure your dentures fit properly.
  • Sometimes it’s better to stifle a burp than let it out as one burp often leads to another.
  • Ginger tea can help relieve the urge to burp.
  • Lemon juice mixed with a half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water should be taken directly after meals to help control burps.
  • Caraway seeds help calm the digestive tract.
  • Cumin followed by a third cup of warm water helps to calm the need to burp.
  • Peppermint tea helps to soothe the digestive tract.
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