If you find yourself burping all the time, it might be due to a condition known as aerophagia. Burping is natural and common, and it's actually normal to burp up to four times after a meal. This is due to the ingestion of excess air, which can happen if you eat or drink too fast, talk while eating, or consume carbonated beverages. However, according to DenOffentlige, if you are burping all the time, even when not eating, gastroenterologist Dr. Ken Brown believes it's time to make some lifestyle changes.
On behalf of the dietary supplement brand Atrantil, Dr. Brown explained on TikTok what could be causing your excessive burping and how to stop it.
Air is the Problem
While it's common to ingest air when eating, Dr. Brown mentioned other situations where this can happen: "If you find yourself burping often, and think about it, if it actually happens during stressful situations, there is something called aerophagia, which means you are actually swallowing small amounts of air."
Dr. Brown suggested a few things you can do to try to stop it.
1. Be Very Mindful of How You Breathe
Dr. Brown advised: "Try to focus on nose breathing and long exhalations. This will calm you down, when you get stressed, your upper esophageal sphincter can relax a bit, and you will swallow air without realizing it."
2. Be Careful with Using a Straw
People will also suck in air even though they think they are only sucking up liquid through the straw, he said.
3. Try Not to Chew Gum
Dr. Brown added: "Something that is also overlooked is that if you have heartburn, it sends a signal to produce more saliva and get you to swallow more often. All these are reasons why you might be burping all the time."
If your burping begins to affect your daily life, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor about it.