How can I prevent belching?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here are a few smart self-care tips to help prevent burping:
  • Take an antacid if you must, but first...
  • Slow down when you eat. Chew your food completely before swallowing, and don't talk with your mouth full. Also, don't exercise right after eating.
  • Try drinking a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice, or a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea.
  • Calm down with a bit of mindful meditation. It reduces stress and slows down your breathing, which can help quiet your noisy belly.
Lawrence S. Friedman, MD
Gastroenterology
The key in preventing belching problems is to reduce the amount of air you swallow. Quitting chewing gum and smoking -- and maybe trading in loose dentures for snugger ones -- should cut down on air gulping. One easy fix is to avoid carbonated drinks and whipped desserts, which trigger burping. Some people swear by including certain foods in the diet, such as brown rice or barley broth. Papaya and pineapple are also said to help. Make sure to chew foods slowly, avoid washing food down with liquids, and try to eat smaller meals. And don't eat when you are anxious, upset, or overtired. If you have aerophagia, antidepressants and tranquilizers may calm the nerves or lessen anxiety, but they must be used carefully and only under a doctor's close supervision.

Taking a brisk stroll after eating, rather than taking a nap, is a good idea. It promotes gastric emptying and helps relieve the bloated feeling. When it's time to go to bed, try sleeping on your stomach or right side to aid in the escape of gas and alleviate fullness.

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