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What causes a burp?

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Carbonated beverages and swallowing air are the most common reasons people burp. Most of the time, that gas doesn't make it to your stomach. Instead, it stays trapped in your esophagus until it comes back up.

From: Why Am I Burping? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The Mayo Clinic: "Belching, intestinal gas and bloating."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Gas."

University of Michigan Health Library: "Gas, Bloating, and Burping."

International Foundation for Functional Intestinal Disorders: "About GERD."

American Family Physician : "Evaluation and Management of Dyspepsia."

Indiana University Health Center: "What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?"

American College of Gastroenterology: "Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

SOURCES

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The Mayo Clinic: "Belching, intestinal gas and bloating."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Gas."

University of Michigan Health Library: "Gas, Bloating, and Burping."

International Foundation for Functional Intestinal Disorders: "About GERD."

American Family Physician : "Evaluation and Management of Dyspepsia."

Indiana University Health Center: "What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?"

American College of Gastroenterology: "Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

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