The 9 reasons you can’t stop burping – and when it's vital you see your doctor | The Sun

WHETHER it's a subtle little 'ribbit' or a full on belch, we all have burps escape our mouths from time to time.

It's a way for gas to be released from your digestive system – burps basically happen when air from your stomach travels back up your oesophagus to your mouth.

It's quite normal to let out burps up to 30 times as day, according to research published in 2020.

But belching can become bothersome if it happens more than that. According to Health, it's considered excessive if it:

  • Affects your quality of life
  • Interferes with your daily activities
  • Happens repetitively

There are few reasons this could be happening – some as simple as eating too fast or chewing gum.

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But in some cases, your frequent burping could be a sign of something more serious, like irritable bowel syndrome or even stomach cancer.

Here are nine reasons you're plagued by belching.

1. You have acid reflux

Also known as heartburn, acid reflux is caused by your stomach acid travelling up towards your throat and causing a burning feeling.

You might also notice an unpleasantly sour taste in your mouth, accoridng to NHS guidance, and people suffering from the condition can also experience frequent burping.

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The NHS suggested speaking to your pharmacist, who might recommend medicines like antacids or alginates that can help ease your symptoms.

But you should speak to a GP if you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more.

2. You're guzzling fizzy drinks

Fizzy pop, beers and other bubbly drinks are all filled with gas and they can increase the amount of air in your stomach, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

Unsurprisingly, the air in them can cause you to burp when it creeps back up your throat.

If you guzzle fizzy drinks and find yourself burping loads, it might be a sign to cut down on them.

3. You're eating gas producing veggies

Some foods, like cruciferous vegetables, can produce more gas when you're digesting them, making you burp more than usual.

According to Health, they include:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes

4. You're swallowing too much air

This might sound silly, but some people do just swallow too much air.

It's called aerophagia – which means 'eating air' – and can happen eating food quickly, gulping down drinks, chewing gum, smoking and wearing loose dentures, according to Hopkins Medicine.

5. You have gastritis

Gastritis is a condition when your stomach lining gets red and swollen.

It can cause all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms, including burping and farting, the NHS said. You might also experience:

  • Tummy pain
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling full and bloated
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

You should see your GP is you have tummy pain or indigestion for longer than a week or if your tummy pain is getting worse or keeps returning.

6. You have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

On the subject of tummy troubles, IBS might also be the cause of your belching.

It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation that tend to come and go and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

The best way to manage this lifelong condition is through diet changes and medicines – speak to a GP if you're experiencing symptoms of IBS.

7. Your meals are too large

We've all let out a few burps after indulging in a particularly large feast.

Eating too large meals is another activity that can add tot he gas in your digestive tract.

8. You have too much bacteria in your small intestine

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is thought to affect up to one in seven of us, yet it often gets confused with IBS, according to

It's caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

Excess gas is produced when this bacteria break down food that can cause burping and farting, stomach pain, diarrhoea and nausea.

SIBO can also cause food intolerances to dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn, and soy.

It can also affect the skin, with studies showing that people with acne are 10 times more likely to have SIBO, while people with rosacea are also likely to suffer from bacterial overgrowth.

See a GP if you're experiencing SIBO symptoms.

9. You have stomach cancer

In rare cases, your excessive burping could be caused by stomach cancer.

Symptoms can be hard to spot, but the NHS says they might affect your digestive system, causing things like:

  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Having problems swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Symptoms of indigestion, such as burping a lot
  • Feeling full very quickly when eating

Other symptoms might include:

  • Loss of appetite or losing weight without trying to
  • A lump at the top of your tummy
  • Pain at the top of your tummy
  • Feeling tired or having no energy

These symptoms are very similar to ones caused by other gastrointestinal conditions, and having them doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer.

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But it's important to be checked by a GP if gastrointestinal symptoms that you're used to change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.

If your symptoms are caused by cancer, finding them early makes the disease easier to treat.

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