Do you find that after eating, you burp or belch a lot and it’s so embarrassing and frustrating?
For this article I consulted with Jay Desai, MD. Dr. Desai specializes in colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and consultative gastroenterology at New York Gastroenterology Associates in NYC, NY. He is available for same day appointments in their Upper East Side office.
It’s too simplistic to just chalk the cause of frequent burping after eating to gulping air when eating and drinking, or eating too much too quickly.
“Constant burning can be a sign that the valve at the bottom of the esophagus is weak,” says Dr. Desai. “There are certain foods and activities that have been known to weaken this muscle, including caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and being overweight.
“There are also certain diseases where the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus doesn’t function properly, such as when patients have a hernia of the stomach.” Surgery is a treatment option for hernias.
Solutions to Constant Burping after Eating
“In addition to healthy lifestyle interventions [like exercising and healthier eating to lose weight], we recommend drinking less carbonated beverages in these situations and avoiding talking while eating to minimize the amount of air swallowed during consumption,” says Dr. Desai.