4 Possible causes for excessive belching
Belching is gas release from the digestive system (mainly esophagus and stomach) orally; it's a physiological phenomenon, but excessive belching could be embarrassing or an indication of certain health issue. So we will highlight the most important possible causes that could result in excessive belching.
- Air ingestion due to rapid eating or drinking. Also overeating could be a reason for excessive belching.
- There are certain foods that lead to intra-abdominal gas formation and excessive belching, they include; beans, broccoli, onions and most dark leafy vegetables (cabbage, radish, watercress… etc.) as well as soft drinks.
- Eating gums for long duration could lead to ingestion of large amount of air and excessive belching. In the same context, medical studies showed that sugar-containing gums are more liable to cause excessive belching compared with sugar-free gums.
- GIT problems such as; indigestion, malabsorption, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), heart burn… etc.
Prevention of excessive belching consists of the following tips:
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Avoid overconsumption of foods that promote formation of abdominal gases.
- Sleeping after meals isn't allowed, especially after fatty or greasy meals.
- Walking after meals is very helpful in promoting digestion and prevention of abdominal gases.
- Management of any apparent GIT health issue.
- Skip smoking.