- Burping is completely normal as it helps get rid of extra air trapped inside your body.
- Burping is part of the human condition, but excessive burping shouldn’t be.
- It is not only embarrassing but sometimes, there is an underlying medical condition that you need to get checked.
Here are the 7 potential reasons why you’re a burping a lot.
1. You’re swallowing a lot of air.
According to the Mayo Clinic, burping is the body’s way of getting rid of extra air from your upper digestive tract. The excess air can come from gases in your stomach, and sometimes the air you swallowed that never quite made it to your stomach at all.
You may also be swallowing extra air if you eat or drink too fast, talk while you eat, chew gum or suck on hard candies, drink carbonated beverages, or smoke, as per the Mayo Clinic.
2. You’re eating foods that make you extra gassy.
Foods like beans, peas, lentils, cabbage, and onions can gas you up. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) says that your stomach has to work harder to break down these kinds of foods, causing excess gas and making you burp.
3. You have acid reflux or GERD.
The role of the sphincter (the tube running from your mouth to your stomach) is to keep your stomach contents from backing up into your esophagus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. If your sphincter is too lax, acid reflux happens.
This condition can result in heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation of food, difficulty in swallowing, a feeling like you have a lump in your chest and burping.
4. You have celiac disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, celiac disease is a condition where someone is unable to properly digest gluten —a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
If you have celiac disease and eat food with gluten, it can trigger anemia due to an iron deficiency, a skin rash, mouth ulcers, headaches and fatigue. Additionally, it can cause acid reflux or heartburn that lead to burping.
5. You have IBS.
A chronic disorder of the large intestine, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause gastrointestinal concerns. IBS can also make the gut too sensitive, resulting to cramping, stomach pain, bloating, and gas along with diarrhea or constipation. The buildup of gas can lead to extra burping (or farting) in people with IBS.
6. You have a peptic ulcer.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes a peptic ulcer as a sore in the lining of your stomach or the first part of your small intestine (your duodenum).
It can also be due to Helicobacter pylori bacteria that can spread from close contacts like kissing and via food and water.
Burning stomach pain, feeling sick to your stomach, bloating, having a hard time processing fatty foods and burping are the most common symptoms of a peptic ulcer.
7. You have a health condition that slow food’s movement.
Gastroparesis, a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes can lead to excessive burping.
According to the NIDDK, the high blood sugar characteristic may harm nerves in the stomach that control the GI muscles.
If your burping becomes chronic and bothersome, or if it interferes with your daily life, you have to see your doctor to figure out the underlying cause.