How to tame your talkative tummy

Unless you are getting paid to be gross, like talk-show host Tyra Banks and singer Kelly Rowland in their on-air burping duet, chances are you wish you could keep those air-horns of gastro distress silent.

Belches can come on unexpectedly. They are typically a signal that you’re swallowing too much air too quickly – gulping down food and drink, feeling a bit nervous, drinking through a straw, chewing gum or sucking on a hard candy. Sometimes, though, burps could signal GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a malady that releases stomach acid up into the esophagus. And while GERD should be treated to avoid complications, mild and occasional burps generally do little harm, except to your social standing.

But if you’re one of those who feel you’re losing the battle of the burp, and want them to stop now, we YOU Docs can help you to make them cease and desist.

Here are a few smart self-care tips:
Take an antacid if you must, but first –

  • Slow down when you eat; chew your food completely before swallowing; don’t talk during meals or exercise right after eating.
  • * Try drinking a teaspoon of lemon juice added to a glass of water, or a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea.
  • * Calm down with a bit of mindful meditation; it reduces stress and slows down your breathing, which can help to quiet your noisy belly. “Ohm!” A much nicer sound!

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr Oz Show, and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com.