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Why do people burp?

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When you swallow your food, it goes through a tube called your esophagus and into your stomach. There your body uses acid, bacteria, and chemicals called enzymes to break it down into nutrients it uses for energy.

If you swallow air along with your food or if you drink something like a soda or beer that has bubbles in it, those gases can come back up through your esophagus. That's a burp.

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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