Just like pooping, everybody burps. Also just like pooping, some of us may burp more than others. If you find yourself frequently belting them out, consider the possibility that you’ve got something going on. Here are a few factors that might be giving you gas.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, known as GERD for short, is when stomach acid travels up from the stomach into the esophagus. This causes the sensation of pain known as heartburn; however, it also increases the frequency of burping. When this happens occasionally, it is simply known as acid reflux. However, when it occurs regularly, chronic acid reflux becomes GERD. While there are steps you can take at home to manage it, such as keeping your upper body elevated and modifying your diet to include fewer foods that trigger your GERD, you should still see a doctor if symptoms persist.
As you know, when you eat food, the stomach begins the process of breaking down food before passing it along. However, for people with gastroparesis, this doesn’t often happen smoothly. Gastroparesis is a condition where the muscles of the stomach are weak, or even paralyzed, which makes it difficult for them to function properly. As such, instead of the food passing along, it ends up spending more time in the stomach, where it can cause nausea and bloating. Certain lifestyle changes or medications can help to manage this condition, but ultimately, it cannot be cured.