Although burping may be culturally acceptable in many parts of the world, the acceptability of the behavior depends on social situations and comfort levels with those around you. Burping is generally frowned upon in ‘polite’ circles and it certainly doesn’t create a good impression when you are among strangers, new colleagues, or on a first date. Whether it’s acceptable or not, burping after large meals is normal, but it could be a cause for concern if you burp a lot.
What Your Body’s Telling You When You Burp Too Much
“In most cases, it would mean that your digestive system has inadequate gastric juice or stomach acids, reducing the efficiency of digestion”
If you start to burp excessively it’s a pretty clear sign that you have some kind of digestive problem because of overeating, faulty eating, or a digestive health condition. In most cases, it would mean that your digestive system has inadequate gastric juice or stomach acids, reducing the efficiency of digestion. This makes it particularly hard to digest foods with a high fat and protein content like red meats, deep fried, and other oily foods. As digestion takes longer, air that is ingested whilst eating also remains in the stomach for longer. This trapped air can only escape by moving further down the digestive tract or by travelling back up the esophagus to produce a hearty burp. Consequently, the longer food remains in your stomach the more you will keep burping.
In such situations, where burping is caused by impaired digestion, overeating, or eating excessively fatty and protein dense foods, you may also experience other symptoms like gastric reflux, heartburn, flatulence, and bloating.
How To Deal With Excessive Burping
“Excessive burping can be easily controlled by changing your eating habits, making better food choices, and using digestive aids”
As cliché as it may sounds, the key to tackling excessive burping and indigestion is through more mindful eating. Yes, it sounds like new age hooey, but it really does work in most cases – unless you suffer from some serious digestive ailment like a peptic ulcer or colitis.
When we talk about mindful eating, we don’t mean that you need to meditate over your food! We simply mean that you need to be more aware and less mechanical in your eating. Slow down to enjoy the sight and smell of your food, before you start devouring it. This makes a huge difference to digestion, as the release of digestive enzymes and acids is also triggered through the anticipation created from sight and smell. Now that you’re already salivating, you can start eating, but don’t just shovel food in. It’s not a race against time. A large part of the digestive process is taken care of through chewing, which is why it’s important to eat slowly and chew food thoroughly. This helps to breakdown food more easily, especially high protein and high fat foods.
Keep in mind that while proteins and fats are harder to digest, they are just as important to your wellbeing as carbs. If your body has a hard time processing these foods, simply try different protein and fat sources or try using OTC digestive aids like digestive enzymes and protein digestants. By taking such supplements and digestive aids, you can give your stomach a helping hand with harder to digest foods and save yourself a whole lot of burping!
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