Why We Burp
We all know the physiological phenomenon — burping. It’s a release of gas from the digestive tract through the mouth. It’s usually audible and has a smell.
5-Minute Crafts found out what the reasons of burping are and if it’s possible to control it.
❗ Important: This article is for informative purposes only. When you have any symptoms, you should always consult a doctor.
What burping is
Burping is an absolutely natural phenomenon happening after eating. This is the body’s way of released the extra air from the digestive tract. Most of the time, this air doesn’t even reach the stomach, it goes to the esophagus and goes back. Burping doesn’t only happen in humans, but also in other mammals. For example, burping in domestic ruminant animals, such as cows and sheep is the main source of methane in the atmosphere of our planet and is the cause of a slow change in the climate.
There are several causes of burping — from the most natural ones to quite dangerous.
- Swallowing air when eating. For example, when you eat too fast, drink and talk while doing it. The gas going outside will be a mix of nitrogen and oxygen.
- Nervousness. Some people might also swallow air when they are worried even if they’re not eating or drinking.
- Drinks containing carbon dioxide, such as sodas and mineral waters. In this case, you will mostly burp CO2.
- Some medications can also cause burping. For example, the meds people take in case of diabetes.
- Digestive tract issues. Burping along with other symptoms, such as acid reflux and nausea, may be a sign of an ulcer.
How to control burping
In some situations and cultures, bupring is acceptable. In South Asia, burping is considered to be okay in certain situations. For example, if a guest burps, it says to the owner that the food was good. In other cultures, burping is insulting and unacceptable (western cultures). And it’s natural to try and follow the norm. Here are a few ways to control burping:
- Eat and drink slowly. Don’t have quick snacks in a rush in order not to swallow too much air.
- Avoid sodas.
- Don’t chew gum and eat hard candy. The thing is, we swallow air way more often when eating these things.
- Check your dentures. Dentures that don’t fit you well might increase the amount of the air you swallow when eating and drinking.
- See an expert. If you notice excessive burping, it may be wise to consult a doctor.