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DrSugar Answers: Belching After Every Meal?

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Dear DrSugar,
It seems like everything that I eat causes gas. I exercise regularly and I try to eat healthy as much as possible. I don't know if I should be eliminating some things from my diet to alleviate the gas. My gas is in the form of belching though. I rarely have gas that is expelled from my bowel area. Can you me help? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
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Problems with belching, also known as burping, can be a significant problem for some people. Belching is different from flatulence in that belching is almost always related to swallowed air that accumulates in the stomach. This air is then expelled from the stomach by belching when pressure builds. Swallowing air can occur when drinking carbonated beverages, drinking from a straw, eating food too fast, and chewing gum. Some people also swallow air when they are anxious and often don’t even notice they are doing it. Sometimes belching is also associated with acid reflux or heartburn.

The best methods to prevent frequent belching are: 1) Eat and drink slowly, 2) Avoid carbonated beverages such as soda and beer, 3) Avoid chewing gum or hard candy, and 4) Avoid drinking through straws. If your belching problem is related to acid reflux or heartburn symptoms, it may be necessary to seek medical advice for treatment with antacids or diet modification. For more information regarding the other kind of gas, otherwise known as farting, check out my previous post on flatulence.

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jlynn818 jlynn818 8 years
how about hiccups after every meal? haha
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I went through a 2 year period where I would painfully burp after every single meal for minutes on end, sometimes even throwing up (drinking alcohol every day didn't help either, hello college) I FINALLY went to my doctor and was diagnosed with acid reflux and GERD, which apparently runs in my family. I had to adjust my diet a little, but just simply cannot give up certain foods that irritate my stomach, so I cut back, have in moderation, take my medication and prepare myself for a sometimes painful burping session. When I avoid the perpertrating foods then I feel just fine. Pay attention to what you eat and see if the burping increases after certain food or beverages. If there is a burning sensation with it, see your doctor and ask about AR and GERD.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to agree that if you're just burping, then it's not necessarily your diet. there was a period of time that i would get similar things going on, but it was more a stomach thing than a burping thing, so i did have to adjust my diet. i found that certain veggies made my stomach more and more uncomfortable.
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