Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Soothe Your Stomach - Relief From Belching

April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

Stomach gas (acid) is as a result of excessive air in the stomach that leads to wind, air, belching and bloating. Stomach gas can be caused by a number of factors such as overeating, bending over, wearing tight clothing and physical exertion after eating a meal.

Usually, when we eat food, our body needs to break it down into usable nutrients and vitamins. This process of the breakdown starts from the stomach. The stomach secretes an acid that is essential in the digestive process, as this acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. The protective mechanisms in the stomach and proximal intestine make sure that the acid levels are in balance. However, when the stomach produces too much acid, it results in a condition known as acidity. Excess gastric acid is more prevalent in the morning when the stomach is empty. Excess gas can contribute greatly to:

Heartburn Bloating Gastric ulcer Peptic ulcer Wind

What are the causes?

There are many causes of stomach acid which includes but not limited to poor diet, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, reflux, and constipation. Medical conditions such as crohn's disease or bowel obstruction can also contribute to the amount of stomach acid experienced by a person.

Bloating is a sign that food is not being ingested correctly by the body. Also an inadequate intake of water will cause excessive stomach bloating. Water benefits the body by aiding with digestion because it supports a majority of the body's daily functions. Fatty foods cause a formation of fat cells that slows down the body's ability to empty the stomach. Also, dairy products contribute to excessive cramps, and bloating. Persons who are intolerant to lactose products experience this effect more than others. Thus, bloating, belching, and gas pains can be embarrassing and uncomfortable if an individual has excess acid in his/her stomach.

The most common causes of abdominal bloating are:

Overeating Gastric distension Lactose and fructose intolerance Food allergy Irritable bowel syndrome Partial bowel obstruction Gastric dumping syndrome Gas producing foods Constipation

Whenever an individual has any of the above issues it leads to bloating which is an acid build up in the stomach and intestines. When acid does not pass through belching or flatulence, it can build up in the stomach and intestines and then lead to bloating. Bloating is often accompanied by abdominal pain which can either be mild, dull, sharp or intense.

Bloating may be related to any of the following:

Eating fatty foods that can delay stomach emptying and can increase the sensation of fullness.

Stress or anxiety


A gastrointestinal infection, blockage or disease

Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that is characterised by abdominal pain or cramping and changes in bowel function.

To reduce bloating, there is a need to avoid completely or reduce the amount of gas-producing foods you eat such as baked beans and carbonated drinks.

What about belching? Belching is related to getting rid of excess air. Thus belching is the body's way of expelling excess air from the stomach. Belching can occur and lead to excess air if you eat or drink too fast, talk while you eat, chew gum or suck on hard candies, drink carbonated beverages, or drink with a straw. Furthermore, some people swallow air as a nervous habit even when they are not eating or drinking. In other cases, chronic belching is related to inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), peptic ulcer disease or delayed stomach emptying. Belching can be reduced by: Eating and drinking slowly, thus taking time to eat can help swallow less air. Avoid carbonated drinks and beer as they tend to release carbon dioxide gas. Skip the gum and hard candy. When you chew gum or suck on hard candy, you tend to swallow more often than normal and part of what you are swallowing is air. Quit smoking, as through smoking you inhale and swallow air.

If you want to read more, please visit

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Stomach Acid


Stomach Relief


Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable Bowel


Stomach Bloating

Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2617

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 607

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 460

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 321

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 269

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 262

The people that experience heartburn on a regular basis find it annoying and painful, and often because it occurs when eating can be very uncomfortable in a social setting. Heartburn may come on when

By: Rich Carrolll Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 27, 2012 lViews: 172

The "Heartburn No More" eBook begins with a discussing on what causes heartburn and then launches immediately into foods to avoid. Interestingly, and unlike many resources out there, the "Heartburn

By: Larry Romeol Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 24, 2012 lViews: 199

Indigestion or dyspepsia is an unfortunately common digestive issue these days. Instead of turning to damaging chemical drugs that mask the symptoms, it's important to get to the cause of this health

By: Sharell Cookl Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 24, 2012 lViews: 198

For heartburn sufferers, there are many things that can trigger a bout of heartburn. Here are three of them.

By: Archille W Hebert IVl Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 21, 2012 lViews: 182

This is a brief introduction to heartburn discussing terms, symptoms and causes. Discover what many people don't know about heartburn/GERD, and how you can permanently live a lifestyle free from

By: Neil McFarlandl Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 20, 2012 lViews: 176

At some point in time we all may have had an experience of belching, heartburn or acid reflux. Stomach problems are not just from inadequate chewing, overeating or bad food combinations. The

By: Lesley Wail Health & Fitness > Heartburn and Acid Refluxl April 18, 2012 lViews: 173

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus