Belching, also known as burping, is caused when the body tries to expel the excess air that gets accumulated in the upper digestive tract. When we are swallowing food, the air we breathe sometimes gets stuck in the food-pipe instead of the windpipe, resulting in belching. And contrary to popular belief, the air we burp out doesn’t always come from the stomach but from the esophagus, where it gets accumulated over a short period of time.
Excess air can reach your esophagus in a multitude of ways. Eating or drinking too fast can result in some air coming along with the food. Any activity that involves having to juggle between breathing and swallowing such as chewing gum, talking while eating, sucking on hard candies or smoking can cause belching. Slightly uncommon but the more persistent form of belching, chronic belching is caused by acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Chronic belching may also be related to inflammation of the stomach lining.
While belching is not something your health is affected by any significant way, it can very embarrassing if you do it in public. Here are some of the most effective ways of dealing with belching.
Taking it slow
Belching often happens when we swallow excess air along with our food or drink. Simply taking it slow and properly swallowing your food can help easily resolve this. If you get pangs of hunger and can’t help but eat fast, try spreading out your meals. Instead of having three meals a day, stretch them to six to help control the pangs.
Avoiding certain items
Carbonated drinks, cigarettes, and chewing gum have all been known to cause burps. If you wish to avoid burping at situations that can be embarrassing, avoid these.
Getting rid of the heartburn
The treatment for heartburn will also help treat chronic burping. Natural remedies like water boiled with cardamom seeds or honey and even red apples can help greatly reduce heartburn. Note that avoiding fatty and spicy foods can also help reduce belching as they are the major cause of indigestion and heartburns.
While the methods mentioned above are fairly effective, none of them are quite as effective as Gas-O-Fast. With the goodness of Jeera and Ajwain infused with the mystic wellness of Ayurveda, it neutralizes the source of acidity and gas, giving you an instant relief. If you want to avoid burping in awkward situations, keep a sachet of Gas-O-Fast handy.