What is Belching?

Belching, also known as burping (medical term is called aerophagia) is quite natural and happens in all of us. It can be uncomfortable but most of all, very embarrassing! It is considered socially unacceptable but in some cultures, belching after eating is a sign of appreciation for the meal.

When too much air is swallowed into the body and the body tries to get rid of this excess air, gascan build in the stomach and digestive system and work its way up through the throat – and thus belching occurs.

What causes Excessive Belching?

Excessive Belching can be caused by eating food, drinking carbonated beverages or talking too fast as well as taking certain medications such as diabetes drugs. Stress, anxiety and nervousness can also contribute to people swallowing more air. People with digestive problems such as gastritis oracid reflux may often experience excessive belching.

If excessive belching is accompanied by dyspepsia, heartburn, nausea, bloating, constipation,diarrhea, abdominal pain or weight loss, you should consult your health practitioner immediately as your symptoms have now become severe.

Help for Excessive Belching

Herbal and homeopathic remedies are an excellent natural alternative to help support the digestive system and normal levels of intestinal gas. Herbs such as Foeniculum officinale(Fennel), Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) and Arctium lappa(Burdock) act as a digestive tonic which calms the digestive system and minimizes winds, stomach bloating and encourages healthy bowel movements, preventing constipation.

In addition, Carbo. veg, a homeopathic ingredient discourages common and wind, and promotescirculation and increases energy levels.

One trick we have found is to drink a small amount of baking soda and water. The baking soda neutralizes the gases in the stomach and can reduce the urge to belch. Just beware not to ingest too much too quickly or you will have increased your possibility to create a reaction in your stomach than can be a little much and make you throw up. Small amounts at a time. We found that this also helps with heartburn, neutralizing  the acidic balance in the stomach.

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