Problems with belching or a bloated stomach can be symptoms of an oversensitivity or allergy to certain foods, upset food digestion, or bacteria. Or due to an excessive number of swallows due to a Hiatus hernia.
Belching and having problems with gas in your stomach can make you feel uncomfortable in social settings such as in the workplace, on public transport, or at the gym.
Causes of belching and gas
If you belch a lot, it may be a symptom of hiatus hernia, a weakened diaphragm. A weakened diaphragm means that the musculature involved in swallowing does not work optimally, which means that you need to swallow several times for the food to move down into the stomach.
When you swallow repeatedly, more air enters your stomach, making you belch, feel gassy and pass more wind.
If you have a hiatus hernia, it is also common to be bothered by frothy saliva and tough mucus that is difficult to swallow and sometimes coughed up. Because mucus is difficult to swallow, you swallow repeatedly and this also leads to more air and gas in the stomach.
Treatment for problems with belching and gas
A common treatment for anyone suffering from belching or gas due to a hiatus hernia can be lifestyle changes. For example, you may be advised not to lie down for a few hours after you have eaten, always go to bed on an empty stomach and eat smaller meals. The usual advice is also to avoid coffee, citrus fruits and spicy foods.
A long-term solution that can treat the discomfort of a hiatus hernia is the neuromuscular training device IQoro. With 90 seconds of training a day, you can treat the possible cause of your discomfort without side effects.
Read more about the IQoro training device and feel free to contact our customer support if you suspect your problems are caused by a hiatal hernia.
Reviewed by Mary Hägg in association with IQoro
Associate Professor of Experimental Research in Ear, Nose and Throat diseases at Uppsala University, and Hospital Dental Surgeon specializing in orofacial medicine.
Mary has worked for 12 years as a hospital dentist and for 31 years as Head of the Speech & Swallowing Centre, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden.