What causes Belching?
Swallowed air from eating or drinking too fast, poorly fitting dentures; not chewing food completely, carbonated beverages, chewing gum or sucking on hard candies, excessive swallowing due to nervous tension or postnasal drip, forced belching to relieve abdominal discomfort.
Prevent excessive belching.
Avoid carbonated beverages, chewing gum, hard candies. Simethicone may be helpful.
Abdominal bloating and discomfort may be due to intestinal sensitivity or symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
To relieve symptoms, avoid broccoli, baked beans, cabbage, carbonated drinks, cauliflower, chewing gum, hard candy.
Abdominal distention resulting from weak abdominal muscles.
It is better in the morning, it gets worse as the day progresses and is relieved by lying down.
To prevent Abdominal distention.
Tighten abdominal muscles by pulling in your stomach several times during the day, do sit up exercises if possible, and wear an abdominal support garment if exercise is too difficult.
Flatulence is gas created through bacterial action in the bowel and passed rectally.
Keep in mind that 10-18 passages per day are normal, primary gases are harmless and odorless, and noticeable smells are trace gases related to food intake.
Avoid foods that are likely to form gas.
Foods like milk, dairy products, and medications that contain lactose, if your body doesn't produce the enzyme (lactase) to break it down, certain vegetables like baked beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and certain starches like wheat, oats, corn, potatoes. Rice is a good substitute.
If flatulence is a concern, see your doctor to determine if you are lactose intolerant.
Identify offending foods. Reduce or eliminate these gas-forming foods from your diet.
Activated Charcoal may provide some benefit.
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Ulcers are "sores" that frequently affect the stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Bacterial infection is the most common cause of duodenal ulcers. Stomach ulcers are often a side effect of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs used primarily to treat arthritis. Alcohol ingestion, cigarette smoking, and emotional stress may also influence the development of an ulcer or interfere with its healing. Upper abdominal pain is the most common symptom of ulcers, but many ulcers cause no symptoms at all. Ulcers may hemorrhage into the gastrointestinal tract; this results in the passage of black ("tarry") stool. Very serious ulcer disease may also cause a blockage between the stomach and small intestine and this complication results in persistent vomiting. Severe pain results from the most urgen complication of ulcers - pertonitis caused by a tear through the wall of the stomach or duodenum. Almost all ulcers can be treated successfully, usually without surgery. Many ulcers can be prevented. Ulcer treatments include antibiotics, agents that neutralize gastric acid or reduce its secretion, and drugs that strengthen the resistance of the stomach and duodenum.
Swallowing and Heartburn
Abnormal swallowing is commonly perceived as food "sticking on the way down." If this complaint persists, it is sometimes due to a serious condition and should always prompt medical attention. Swallowing difficulty may be caused by poor or incomplete chewing (possibly the result of dental problems, poorly fitted dentures, or eating too quickly), abnormal muscle contraction, scar tissue from chronic inflammation, infection, cancer. Heartburn is a very common problem caused by regurgitation or reflux of gastric acid into the esophagus, which connects the mouth and the stomach. Heartburn can often be eliminated by avoiding smoking, fatty food in the diet, caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, overeating, bed-time snacks, tight-fitting clothes that constrict the abdomen, certain medications, and heavy lifting, straining. It is important to consider the possibility of heart disease before attributing any kind of chest pain to gastroesophageal reflux. Nutrition plays a role in cardiovascular disease, some mal
There are multiple options in the treatment of this condition using vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. I have listed them below in order of clinical importance. I have used these in clinical practice and have found their use to be very effective in the management of this condition. The supplements listed here are for "informational purposes" only. You should consult with a qualified health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment of any health condition. You may also consult with me at www.HealthyLifeDoctors.com.