Acid reflux is a condition when your lower esophagus sphincter (LES) is not closing completely or relaxing more frequently than normal. This causes heartburn and burping.
There are couple simple methods to avoidÂ burping too much:
- Reduce carbonated soft drinks intake. Air in them will cause a lot of burping.
- Milk products can also cause burping.
- Cut down on caffeine. It relaxes LES.
Another cause for burping could be aerophagia. For more information on how to deal with it look at this aerophagia page
I just wrote an article which summarizes my knowledge about aerophagia.
Here is an excerpt from it:
Aerophagia is defined as a condition when a person swallows too much air. This air is usually goes to the stomach. People with Aerophagia are believed to have excessive belches due to air swallowing. You probably also heard terms like constant or chronic belching or burping. These conditions are closely related to aerophagia but not necessarily caused by it.
You can read complete text of the article at http://www.manageyourheartburn.com/aerophagia.php
That is a hard one… I really think that air swallowing is one of key contributors to lots of digestive system disorders. Big problem is that we do it completely unconsciously.Â One way to see how often you swallow air is just to have a sheet of paper nearby and write an X every time you swallow air. Do it for 30 minutes and measure how many times you did it. Also it may be helpful to ask someone to watch you while you’re speaking and see how many times you swallow air during that time. I noticed that I swallow unconsiously way more when I speak then when I’m not.
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Since excessive burping (or some called it chronic belching) happened to me a lot of times I always was curious why the heck it happens. Recently I was reading through some forums and wanted to share ideas on that subject with my readers:
- You’re to anxious/nervous. Yeah – sound quite usual. But it is the most common reason why it happens. If you burp all the time – try to watch after yourself for 20 minutes and make sure that you’re not swallowing air. If this was the reason for burping in 3-5 minutes you should get rid of it completely. Though note that some people swallow air unconciously even without thinking about it – so it maybe quite hard to stop doing it.
- Milk and milk products. Large percentage of adults have lactose intolerance. So try to stop milk consumption for sometime and result may surprise you.
- Carbs. Some of carbs products cause belching.
- Aerophagia. You just swallow air too much – could be related to anxiety. Try to control it. I know – it is easy to say – hard to play.
I think there are many more to be added to this list but I hope I covered most popular ones.
Read some more details on constant belching here http://www.manageyourheartburn.com/articleview.php?ArticleID=16
I just read this quite an interesting topic about uncontrolled belching and burping. It looks like this area of medicine is very undeveloped and lots of people don’t receive any help when going to docs.
According to following study belching is not the cause of acid reflux. So if you belch more it won’t make your heartburn worse. Researchers measured how many times people with heartburn belch versus people with healthy stomach. Patients with gerd had 287 occurences of air swallow why healthy people had 176. Also patients with gerd had 52 occurences of belching while healthy people had 32. But when researches infused some air into patients’ stomachs it didn’t worsen symptoms of acid reflux. Same happened with healthy people – no increase in reflux at all.So if you belch more today it does not mean your heartburn would be worse.On a personal note I saw quite an opposite connection. When I belch more I have less heartburn… Strange isn’t it?
SOURCE: American Journal of Gastroenterology, August 2006