Belching & burping • Natural home remedies

Belching is the act of expelling gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth. If you have excessive belching, it might be because you swallow more air than usual.  You can cut down on the air you take in by becoming aware of your swallowing habits.

Belching - Image of Fennel bulbs because fennel may help

WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • Anxiety
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Drinking liquids too fast
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Eating too fast
  • Hyperventilation
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Medical conditions (i.e. gastritis, infections)
  • Smoking
  • Swallowing air

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Treatment will depend on the cause. If you have a chronic or serious problem with belching, tell your doctor and have a check-up.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

There are certain foods that may make belching more likely. Foods that are high in starch or sugar can cause gas, for example. The Zone Diet is our recommendation for a balanced nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone Broth
  • Cilantro
  • Ginger
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kefir
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Tomatoes

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

Some foods are thought to weaken the esophageal sphincter valve. These would include fatty meats and fried foods, caffeine and chocolate.

  • Alcohol
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium carbonate (found in some calcium supplements)
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cauliflower
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty meats
  • Fried foods
  • Fructose
  • Gum
  • Kale
  • Lactose
  • Lentils
  • Medication (some)
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Processed sugars
  • Raisins
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Turnips

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon balm
  • Fennel seed
  • Dandelion root
  • Hibiscus
  • Lemon
  • Caraway

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Turmeric
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Fennel

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.  For belching, mix the essential oils with a carrier oil and rub on your belly.

  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cumin
  • Di-GiZen
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

    • Digestive enzymes
    • Ginger supplements
    • Lactaid
    • Probiotics

HYDRATION

If you are burping excessively from drinking, pay attention to whether or not you are swallowing a lot of air. Drink slowly and consciously, but don’t cut back on water intake because it makes you burp.

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days.  Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. If you burp a lot while exercising, consider wearing a mouth guard to limit the amount of air you swallow.  Take a little walk after eating.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health and often causes hyperventilation which will increase air intake. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay

mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Diatomaceous earth for detoxification
  • Chew slowly
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Make sure dentures fit properly
  • Eat with your mouth closed
  • Avoid air-filled foods like beer, ice creame and souffles

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupressure (http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/relieve-indigestion-ulcers-acid-stomach-gas-pains-rib-pain-side-stitches-with-digestive-aid-acupressure-point-sp-16/)
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Earthing for improved digestion
  • Homeopathy (http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2234009)

CAUTIONS

If your belching is chronic and you are unable to get relief through self-treatment, get a check-up to determine if there is an underlying disease condition.

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