Have you ever thought of burps as a mouthpiece? If not, you are welcome. These two measures not only help you eliminate extra air that is trapped in your body, they are also completely normal, but sometimes embarrassing. Comfort that burping belongs to the human condition. However, excessive burping should not be the case.
You may be wondering what is going on when you suddenly struggle with excessive burping, or when you realize that other people are not as rich as you. Here are possible reasons why you are a burping machine.
. 1 They swallow a lot of air.
Burping is the method of your body to remove excess air from your upper digestive tract, according to the Mayo Clinic . Sometimes the extra air comes from gases in your stomach, and sometimes it's the air you swallowed that never made it to the stomach. Ashkan Farhadi MD, Gastroenterologist at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center and Director of MemorialCare The Medical Group's Digestive Disease Project in Fountain Valley, California explains SELF. This second reason, according to the Mayo Clinic is the most common reason for burping.
So the thing is, everyone takes some air during the day, especially during the meal. "Normally, air is related to food," says dr. Farhadi. But you may swallow even more air if you eat or drink too fast, talk while you eat, chew gum or suck on hard candy, drink or smoke carbonated beverages, the Mayo Clinic also says a condition called aerophagia which occurs when you swallow air, even if you are not eating or drinking. This, along with the strong belching, can cause air to build up in your stomach and make you feel uncomfortably bloated.
. 2 They eat foods that make you extremely gassy.
Your usual gas-inducing foods such as beans, peas, lentils, cabbage, and onions can cause your daily belching rate to rise. Bacteria in your stomach must work harder to break down this type of food, which can lead to excessive gas escaping from your body as an insult, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) ,
Depending on how your gastrointestinal tract works, certain foods, such as dairy, may also produce too much gas if your body refuses to break it down. (This is the deal with lactose intolerance ie if you do not have enough of the enzyme needed to properly degrade the dairy.)
In addition, fatty foods slow down digestion and so much that you eat more Time to ferment and form gases that can escape as burps, says the Mayo Clinic .
. 3 You have acid reflux or gastrointestinal reflux disease.
Acid reflux occurs due to a problem with the sphincter in your esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This sphincter is a muscle strip designed to prevent your stomach contents from supporting your esophagus, the US. National Library of Medicine explains. If this sphincter muscle is too loose, gastric acid can enter the esophagus and make this tissue worse.
This may heartburn chest pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food and a feeling like you are causing lumps in the breast, says the Mayo Clinic . It can also cause belching because your body is trying to cleanse your esophagus, or because you are swallowing more, says Felice Schnoll-Sussman, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. "Often, people who suffer from heartburn more often swallow to neutralize the acid, which is refluxed with more alkaline (non-acidic) saliva in the mouth," she explains. "This excessive swallowing can cause more stomach gases and then more belching."
For your information, if you experience these symptoms of acid reflux at least twice a week, but only mildly or with moderate to severe acid reflux once a week, you may have gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), which means that this reflux is a chronic matter for you.
. 4 You have a celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a condition in which someone can not properly digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, according to the Mayo Clinic .
If you have celiac disease and are taking gluten, there will be a defensive immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction can damage the lining of your small intestine and make it difficult for you to properly absorb nutrients. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including anemia due to iron deficiency, skin rash, mouth ulcers, headache and fatigue, the Mayo Clinic . It can also lead to acid reflux or heartburn, which, as we have just described, can lead to belching.
. 5 You have irritable bowel syndrome.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition of the colon that can cause diarrhea constipation and other GI problems. Experts are still working on pinpointing why IBS comes about, but it seems that it is based on a problem with the brain-gut interaction, according to NIDDK . This can make the intestine too sensitive and affect how your intestinal muscles contract, which can lead to IBS symptoms.
People with IBS usually have cramping, abdominal pain, flatulence and flatulence, as well as diarrhea or constipation. Mayo Clinic says. While all of this can be terribly uncomfortable, it is especially the gas build-up that can lead to additional belching (or farting) in people with IBS. Farhadi.
. 6 You have a stomach ulcer.
A gastric ulcer is a wound in the gastric mucosa or the first part of your small intestine (your duodenum), according to US. National Library of Medicine .
If you wonder what the causes are so you can avoid it, stomach ulcers are usually due to a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori bacteria that is made by kissing and can spread out of close contact via food and water, says the Mayo Clinic . Although it often causes no symptoms, these bacteria can sometimes cause gastric inflammation, which causes acid to escape from the digestive tract and develop an ulcer. The frequent use of analgesics such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also lead to inflammation in the gastric and small intestinal mucosa, says the Mayo Clinic . In some people, this can lead to stomach ulcers. Other factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, high levels of stress and spicy food, can complicate the healing of these ulcers (although these factors do not cause them directly).
Symptoms of a Peptic Ulcer usually involves burning abdominal pain, nausea in the stomach, bloating, processing greasy foods and regurgitation, as described in the Mayo Clinic . The regurgitation is usually associated with this excess stomach acid, says dr. Farhadi, which can lead to heartburn and the resulting symphony of burps. The issue of fatty food processing can easily aggravate this.
. 7 You have diabetes or some other health condition that can slow down the movement of food through your digestive system.
A complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes called gastroparesis may lead to more belching than usual.
Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the natural movement of the muscles in your stomach, says the Mayo Clinic . Under normal circumstances, strong muscle contractions drive food through the digestive tract. But gastroparesis stops this mobility, so your stomach does not empty as it should. "Foods that are in the stomach can cause heartburn that is sometimes associated with regurgitation," says Schnoll-Sussman.
This problem can occur in diabetes, as the high blood sugar for this condition can damage the nerves over time. In the stomach, which controls your GI muscles, [NIDDK] explains .
Other possible causes of gastroparesis include other conditions that affect nerve function, such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism . This causes a slow metabolism that affects many physical systems such as digestion and viral gastric infections, according to the NIDDK .
You do not necessarily have to see a doctor if you notice that you're burping more than usual for a week or two.
However, it is a good idea to seek help if your burps become chronic (ie it does not settle after a week or two), it bothers you, or if it interferes with your daily life, Dr. Farhadi. Your doctor will take things away from there and try to find out the underlying cause.