While many find them funny, most people are embarrassed when they burp. Either way, they’re a completely natural function of the body. That being said, most of us don’t understand why they occur. Even those of us who know how to trigger belching (hopefully learned in childhood), don’t quite understand why our body would ever need to do it. Regardless of how you feel about them, most of us adults would definitely like to curtail their smell. Though you can usually do something to mute the noise that accompanies them, the lingering smell can be enough to draw attention to your bodily functions. Something we generally don’t want. So keep reading as we explore what causes a burp and what you can do to take care of the smell.
What Makes Burps Smell?
Alright, let’s jump right into things. We understand what causes burps, but what gives them their foul odor? Well, often it’s caused by gastrointestinal diseases. The two most common of these that are responsible for foul selling burps would be H. pylori infection and giardiasis.
The latter is a disease that’s triggered by a parasite in the intestines known as a giardia lamblia. Although this parasitic infection can occur to anyone in the world, it’s most common in people who live in areas with poor sanitation where fecal matter is able to extend into the environment. Typically, it spreads through water and food. Aside from burps with foul odors, this parasite also causes a number of issues in the stomach. These include bloating, flatus, diarrhea and epigastric burning. In those who experience a chronic case, smelly burps and poor stool movements are only mild symptoms. Far worse are the stomach ulcers H. pylori can cause.
Foods that Can Cause the Problem
If you have burps that smell, you can relax. It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a parasite in your stomach. Sometimes it’s simply the food you’re eating. Foods that have pungent odors themselves also have high sulfur content. Others are loaded with protein. When you digest these foods, your body begins fermenting them as it takes some time. This fermentation process results in burps that carry a foul smell with them. Those of you who can’t digest lactose probably experience pungent burps for that reason.
Another culprit, one most of us are probably far more familiar with, is alcohol and soft drinks. These both tend to have high levels of acidity which, once in our stomach, can result in burping.
Any medicines you take that contain sulfur could also be behind your smelly burps. Obviously, you don’t want to stop taking your medicine, but you may want to speak with your physician about other options that won’t cause all the burping.
Home Remedies for Treating Foul Smelling Burps
Although they’re generally not a serious health issue, they can be embarrassing enough that most people would like to do something to curtail the foul odor that accompanies their burps. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies you can use to tackle the problem immediately.
For starters, begin each day with two glasses of warm water. Be sure to take these before breakfast, on their own. Don’t make this a part of your first meal.
You can also mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Drink this once a week and immediately follow it by washing your mouth out. Apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic. Although diluting it with water helps, you don’t want to leave it on your teeth where it can tear through enamel. So simply wash out your mouth and spit when you’re finished.
Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water. Make sure you really mix it all together before ingesting it.
Often times your burping problem is caused by your diet or even the way you eat. Stay away from pink beans, dairy products, cabbage, soybeans, foods that are high in fiber, Brussels sprouts, spices, alcohol, caffeine, meat and eggs.
If you eat beans, be sure to soak them for a few hours prior to cooking them. This helps eliminate the soluble carbs that ferment in your stomach and produce gas.
When you eat, be sure you’re chewing your food sufficiently. The less bites you take, the more work it is for your body to digest the food. This leads to longer fermentation, with the result of gas and burping. It’s also helpful to eat smaller portions for the same reason. These lesser portions require less bile from the body which might create less of a smell.
While they might not seem like the most scientific of functions, there’s a lot that goes into burps and what makes them smell. Consider the above and you should be able to tackle your issue and cease suffering from embarrassment.