Belching A Lot

Are You Belching A Lot? Here’s Why…

If you are belching a lot, it could be due to eating habits, food intolerances or disorders in your small intestine, stomach or gallbladder.  Although belching is simply releasing gas out of your gut up through your mouth, sometimes gas and bloating are not relieved.  When this is the case, other serious conditions may need to be considered and treated.

 

 

 

Belching After Eating Or Drinking

When you belch after you eat or drink something, it can be both involuntary or voluntary.  After eating, air generally is brought into your esophagus where it is then expelled back up as a belch.  Air swallowing can be a result of eating too fast, nasal blockage, mouth breathing, gum chewing, hyperventilation and dentures that are not fitted properly.

If you are belching a lot after drinking, chances are that beer and soda are typically to blame because they create a gas buildup in your esophagus and stomach.  These gases then need to be released out as a belch.

Hiatus Hernia

This condition is a protrusion of part of your stomach into your chest cavity that is caused by either a weakening or a rupture of your diaphragm.  The combination of the compression and the protrusion of your stomach create many gastrointestinal symptoms, belching a lot being one of them.

Contributing factors to hiatus hernia are obesity, smoking, pregnancy, respiratory disorders, diaphragm surgical procedures and congenital deformities.

Helicobacter Pylori

This species of bacteria increases gastric acid by infecting your stomach.  As the bacteria metabolizes, ammonia is created, releasing carbon dioxide.  In severe infections, a substantial helicobacter pylori population can ultimately contribute to a significant amount of carbon dioxide gas being stored in your stomach.  This not only results in belching a lot but can also cause painful peptic ulcers as well.

Gastroparesis

This condition is a paralysis of the muscles of your stomach which delays or sometimes prevents your stomach from being able to empty out into your small intestine.  Causes of gastroparesis are anorexia nervosa, diabetes 1 and 2, nerve or muscle damage due to trauma or surgery, pancreatitis, thyroid disorders, post-viral syndrome and scleroderma.

Aside from belching a lot, symptoms include vomiting, nausea, extreme weight loss and feeling very full after only eating a very small portion.  This condition should never be managed without the supervision of a physician.  Treatment usually includes prescription medication, dietary changes or surgery.

 

Food Intolerances

Many people find themselves belching a lot simply because of food intolerances.  Lactose and fructose are two common intolerances that not only cause excessive bloating and gas but nausea, diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps as well.  It is imperative that if you have been diagnosed with one of these intolerances, that you completely stay away from all irritating foods.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

If increased bacteria occurs in your small intestine, gas production is also increased.  Causes include diabetes type 1 and 2, nerve or muscle damage, anorexia nervosa, pancreatitis, thyroid disorders, intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis.  Oral antibiotics are quite effective and in the case of nutritional deficiencies, supplements may be prescribed.

Biliary Reflux and Biliary Stasis

The back flow of bile in your small intestine, stomach and esophagus is referred to as biliary reflux.  Biliary stasis is completely opposite and often lacks any bile at all.  In addition to the belching, you will usually experience extreme pain in the upper right portion of your stomach as well as nausea, anorexia, bloating and vomiting.

Causes of biliary reflux include cholecystectomy and peptic ulcers and biliary stasis causes include gallstones, gallbladder cancer, liver disease and hepatitis.  Drug therapy, surgery and dietary changes are typical treatment methods for both types of disorders.