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The Side Effects of Swallowing Air

While I thought death and taxes were the great certainties of one's life, WebMD tells me it is the gas we pass that is the ultimate commonality of mankind. It turns out you do have something in common with the Queen of England.

It seems that swallowing air causes burping, and this is actually a very common occurrence. You probably aren't swallowing air on purpose, but excess air is making it to your stomach anyway. Here are ways common activities increase our accidental eating of air.

  • Smoking (just another reason to quit)
  • Chewing gum (especially when you "smack" your gum)
  • Drinking through a straw (when you make the awful sucking sound when you hit the bottom of the glass)
  • Sucking on hard candies (once again with a lot of "smacking" involved)
  • Drinking a lot of carbonated beverages (did anyone say Diet Coke?)
  • Eating or drinking too quickly (this is yet another reason mothers, internationally, tell their children to slow down when eating)

If you find yourself burping with an uncomfortable frequency, take a look at the above list to see if you need to modify your behaviors. Surprisingly, some medical conditions can contribute to swallowing air, and thereby promote unwanted burping. Allergies and sinus infections both create postnasal drip, which can make you swallow more often. And we all know what swallowing excess air can lead to!

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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
could have fooled me!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I agree it looks like LiLo, but it is not.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Is that picture in the post of Lindsay Lohan? Just wondering, it kind of looks like her!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I don't do any of these things and I don't burp so I guess I'm on to something.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I've heard this before!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i wish this was the biggest problem i have...
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
julieulie I think they're refering to when you suck on it then open your mouth and it makes that sound. I love that gas is the ultimate common denominator! I have a friend that for some reason Can not burp. We actually have been TRYING to get her to burp, but to no avail.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
How on earth do you smack a hard candy?
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Quiting Diet Coke has made a HUGE difference =)
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
haha.. :ROTFL:
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Doesn't sound like I have anything to worry about...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hehehe good points when I'm on a first date! That way you don't get a case of un-ladylike burps!
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