9. Holy Basil
Another effective remedy for belching is holy basil. Its antispasmodic and carminative properties help expel gas and ease other gastrointestinal discomforts, such as stomach pain, bloating and indigestion.
- Chew 4 to 5 holy basil leaves slowly every morning to prevent belching.
- You can also drink basil tea 2 or 3 times a day. To prepare this herbal tea, steep 1 teaspoon of basil leaves in 1 cup of hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink it.
10. Avoid Gas-Producing Foods
All your efforts to prevent burping will be ineffective unless you avoid eating gas-producing foods. Carbohydrate-rich foods as well as fatty foods often cause gas and should be restricted or avoided for some time. Some of the foods that produce gas are:
- Carbonated drinks, beer and red wine
- Milk and other dairy products that contain lactose
- Beans and other legumes
- Fruits like bananas, melons, apricots, peaches, pears, prunes and raw apples
- Sugar and sugar substitutes
- Wheat and wheat bran
- Packaged foods with lactose, such as breads and cereals
- Vegetables like raw potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, peas, radishes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower
- Eat food slowly, as eating quickly may make you swallow more air that can cause burping and hiccups.
- Chew your food thoroughly with your mouth closed and avoid talking when you chew.
- Drink beverages slowly to avoid swallowing excess air.
- Don’t use straws to drink beverages, especially carbonated drinks.
- Avoid sucking on hard candy.
- If you wear dentures, make sure they are fitted properly. Poorly adjusted dentures make you chew abnormally and swallow air.
- Stop smoking, as inhaling cigarette smoke causes excess swallowed air.
- Take a brisk walk for 10 to 15 minutes after eating.
- Reduce your stress level, as excess stress can affect your breathing and cause you to swallow air.