How To Stop Burping
- By Frank Rolfe
Burping is one of those habits that can be very loud and embarrassing. Sometimes burps are a result of what and how you eat, and other times, it’s just done for show. Although common, it’s not something you want to be doing in public. There are certainly health issues that may cause excessive burping, but usually, lifestyle changes are all it takes to reduce the gas.
One of the best things you can do to stop burping is to eat and drink slowly. Truly enjoy your food, and take your time. Chew thoroughly, and try not to drink too much as you eat your meal. Drinking a lot of fluids can dilute the digestive juices in your stomach, making gas more likely after you eat. Put your fork down in between bites, and don’t take another bite until the current one is chewed and swallowed. Practicing mindful eating does wonders for your whole body, and definitely will work in burping prevention.
More food tips come in the form of avoiding all carbonation and gum. Carbonation is found in sodas, sparkling water, and so on, and produce bubbles. If you drink the bubbles, they end up in your stomach, and typically come out in the form of a burp. Chewing gum allows you to inhale a lot of air, so it’s best to avoid it if you have an issue with excessive burping. A great food choice that you should incorporate is tea. Have a nice, hot cup of tea after your meals. Not only will this settle your stomach, but it can eliminate gas. Ginger tea is especially good for this, as it’s known to soothe the stomach. There are also ginger candies and chews that may assist in reducing gas and settling your stomach.
Reducing gassy foods can be key to stopping gas as well. Dairy, beans, some vegetables, garlic, onions, and so on, are some of the most common gaseous foods. You don’t have to eliminate these foods completely, as they can be part of a healthy diet, but you may want to note how they affect your stomach and gas. It may simply take a bit of moderation with these foods, versus complete elimination. Think of it as a little test - see what makes you feel good and not-so-good.
Sometimes burping just happens, no matter how many prevention measures you may take. Try to be discreet about it, and handle it in a courteous fashion. In public situations, don’t burp for show or to be obnoxious. Changing how and what you eat can make a big difference in excessive burping, so try a few of these techniques to help with gas. The way food is processed in your stomach is a major factor in gas production, so it can truly make a difference just by eating differently.