Belching, or as other people call it – burping, is a normal body function but it is considered rude to belch or burp in public and there’s a whole protocol for belching in public that one has to do to be considered mannered or polite (covering the mouth when belching and excusing yourself). There are some people who belch quite often – abnormally so. For these people, a remedy has to be found to limit belching and avoid creating social mistakes all the time.
A belch is actually the result of a buildup of gas in the stomach. The body will react to this gas buildup by allowing the gas to escape from the mouth. If you want to limit your belching here are some things you can do.
One of the things you need to do is to slow down. Some people are so pressed for time or just too fast for their own good that they tend to practically swallow their food without taking the time to chew them carefully. The same goes for their drinks, which they almost inhale just to get it over with. Eating or drinking fast actually causes more gas buildup because swallowing fast also results in you swallowing air along with your food. Eating fast can also exert more pressure to your gastric system, which also results in gas buildup. If you want to limit your belching, try to eat more thoughtfully and take the time to chew your food properly and drink more slowly.
Smoking is another culprit for frequent belching. The reason for this is quite simple, each time you inhale smoke you also swallow some air. The more you puff, the more air is swallowed and this slowly accumulates in your stomach. At some point, the stomach will be filled with so much air that your body will try to expel it as a belch. Quitting smoking will definitely help you reduce your belching episodes.
Drinking carbonated drinks is also another factor for frequent belching. Drinks like sodas, soft drinks or beer contain carbon dioxide and drinking a lot of it will mean that carbon dioxide will accumulate in your stomach and you’ll have to burp or belch just to remove the excess gas from your body. Remove carbonated drinks from your diet and you’ll dramatically reduce belching.
Finally, there are certain foods that actually cause the build up of gas in your stomach. Among the more popular food items that cause gas buildup include beans, chocolate, bananas, apricots and cabbage. Acidic foods can also cause gas buildup. Additionally, eating two foods that do not react well with each other will actually produce gas inside your stomach.
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