Do you feel bloated and need a solution? Burping can be a great way to get rid of the uncomfortable feeling. This is because it gets rid of the discomfort brought by gas. Burping can be triggered or on command. It is a great remedy for bloating and you will start feeling like your old self within no time.
How to Make Yourself Burp
1. Drink Carbonated Beverages
Drinking carbonated beverage is one of the easiest ways to make yourself burp. Drink some soda, sparkling water, beer, champagne or other carbonated drinks that contain bubbly gases. The gases build up in your stomach, triggering a burp that could help relieve bloating. Try to drink the carbonated beverage quickly in order to swallow more air. For better effect, drink the beverages quickly using a straw.
2. Change Positions
If you’re feeling bloated and want some relief, you can try changing positions. This will put pressure on the air in stomach and force it upwards. You can stand up if you are seated or sit down if you’re standing. You can try to exercise to force a burp. You can walk, jog or do some light aerobics to force the gas out. As an alternative, you can lie on your tummy and curl your knees towards your chest. Stretch out your arms as far as you can and arch your back. You could also opt to lie down and sit up quickly.
3. Trigger Your Gag Reflex
Triggering your gag reflex should be the last resort after all other options have failed. This is because it can cause an unpleasant sensation and could even cause you to vomit. When you’re looking for how to make yourself burp, you could give this method a shot. Make sure your hands are clean. Touch the soft palate located at the end of your mouth with a toothbrush or finger. Use a light touch and try to get the air out of your stomach.
4. Force Air into Your Throat
Suck air into your mouth while expanding your jaws and throat. Do this until you feel an air bubble form in your throat. Now block the front of your mouth with the tongue by touching the top of your mouth with it. It might take a bit of practice to get air into your throat. Try not to swallow the inhaled air as it could make your problem worse. Gradually release the air by lowering the tongue and parting the lips. This should get rid of the gas in your tummy as well.
5. Close the Airway at Back of Throat
This is one of the easiest ways to force a burp when you are feeling bloated. Close the airway at the back of the throat and push out as though you want to exhale. This will help put pressure on your stomach and push the gases out.
6. Swallow Air
Firstly exhale until your lungs are empty. Now breathe in deeply and hold it in for as long as you can. Exhale and inhale again and swallow the air. To make it easier, you can try to drink a glass of water while you hold your breath. To make sure that you do not exhale any of the air, pinch your nose as you do it.
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Other Methods to Relive Gas and Bloating
1. Natural Herbs
Natural herbs of carminative family can help expel gas from your stomach. A good example is ginger. A study conducted on this herb in 2008 showed that it helps to speed up digestion and empty the stomach. Therefore, gases move faster into the small intestine to relive bloating and discomfort. Other examples of carminative herbs include dill, chamomile, fennel, caraway, basil, cinnamon, garlic, cumin, nutmeg, parsley, oregano, peppermint, wintergreen and spearmint.
Probiotics are simply “good bacteria”. They help with digestion and reduce gas in the stomach. You can get them as dietary supplements at your local health store. They are also included in various foods including yogurt, pickles, kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and buttermilk. Various studies have shown that probiotics help relieve bloating.
3. Diet Changes
If you have no idea about how to make yourself burp, another way to manage belching and excessive gas is to cut down on gassy foods. Some of the most common gassy foods include pears, apples, onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, bran, milk, ice cream and cheese. The problem with these foods is that they contain sugars, starches and fiber that are not easily digested. If you have a problem with these foods, you can avoid eating them often. While cooking can help break down some of the offending ingredients, it also destroys some essential nutrients.
4. OTC Medicines
You can use over-the-counter medication to treat bloating. Drugs that help reduce bloating and gas usually contain activated charcoal, alpha-galactosidase or simethicone. They help break down foods that are hard to digest such as beans. These drugs do not work for everyone. While it is perfectly normal to experience excessive gas once in a while, you should see your doctor whenever the problem persists for too long or after you have tried all the home remedies and OTCs. Your doctor should be able to recommend a lasting solution.