Do you suffer from embarrassing bouts of burping and flatulence? Here are some tips to reduce them!

Passing gas is natural and common. Excessive passing of gas is not. Don’t worry though, these signs and symptoms usually don’t point to a serious underlying condition and can be eliminated with simple lifestyle changes.
Burping… sounds familiar? It’s your body’s way of releasing excess air from your upper digestive tract. Most burps are caused by swallowing excess air. This air most often never even reaches the stomach and instead, accumulates in the esophagus.
When do you swallow excess air?
You swallow excess air if you eat or drink quickly, talk while eating, chew gum excessively, drink carbonated beverages, or smoke.
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can sometimes cause excessive burping by promoting increased tendency to swallow.

How to reduce burping?
-Eat and drink mindfully- Taking your time can help you swallow less air. Try to make meals on relaxed occasions; eating when stressed can increase the air you swallow.
-Skip the gum and hard candy. When you chew gum or suck on hard candy, you swallow more air than normal.
Avoid carbonated drinks and beer. They release carbon dioxide in your body.
Don’t smoke. Along with the smoke, you also swallow air.
Check your dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when you eat or drink.
Get moving. It may help to take a short walk after eating.
Treat heartburn. For occasional, mild heartburn, over-the-counter antacids or other remedies may be helpful. For more serious cases, plan a visit to the doctor.

How to reduce gas buildup in your intestines aka flatulence.
Gas in the small intestine or colon is caused by the digestion or fermentation of undigested food by bacteria found in the bowel. Flatulence can also form when your digestive system doesn’t completely break down certain components in foods, such as gluten or sugar.
Other sources of intestinal gas may include: poor absorption of carbs, constipation, digestive disorders or food residues in your colon.
So how can you prevent flatulence?
Eliminate certain foods. Common gas-causing foods include beans, peas, lentils, cabbage, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, whole-grain foods, mushrooms, certain fruits, and beer and other carbonated drinks.
If dairy products seem to be a problem, you may have some degree of lactose intolerance. Avoid it completely.
Eat fewer fatty foods. Fat slows digestion, making food ferment longer.
Cut back on high-fiber foods. Fiber has many benefits, but many high-fiber foods are also great gas causers. After a break, slowly add fiber back to your diet.
Try an over-the-counter remedy.

Excessive burping and passing gas/flatulence often disappear on their own with simple changes. If these are the only symptoms you have, don’t fear any serious underlying condition.
Consult your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve with simple changes, also if you notice:Diarrhea, persistent or severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, changes in the color or frequency of stools, unintended weight loss, chest discomfort & loss of appetite or feeling full quickly.
These signs and symptoms could signal an underlying digestive condition- seek help.

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