Technically, a burp is the sound made when gas from the digestive system comes out of the mouth. Since the gas has been mixed with food, it smells, which is why it is rude to burp, especially while eating. Just like whistling, burping can be done on command, and you may have seen a couple of guys do it when they want to. In this post, we’ll show you how to burp whenever you want and join in with your friends.
What is a Burp?
Burping, which is also called eructation, might not seem like a big deal. But if you want to get good at this body function, you need to know how it works. Here are the main points about burps:
Your stomach makes gas from the food, drinks, and the air you take in during the day. You make about 27 liters of gas every day, which is enough to fill a beach ball.
All that gas can’t stay in your stomach forever (gas pains are horrible), so when it gets too much, it goes out through your esophagus, an 8-inch muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach.
The best part, the sound you make when you burp, comes from your esophageal valve flapping as it opens. The louder a burp is, the more pressure there is.
You probably know more about burping now than the average guy, so let’s talk about how to burp on command.
How to make yourself burp on command
If you don’t have certain conditions or physical problems that make it hard to burp, the following things can help you burp. If you’re having trouble burping and you have a health problem or have had surgery on the top part of your digestive tract, talk to your doctor. Don’t try any of the following before you talk to them.
When it starts, burping can help a person feel better and calm down quickly. Here are some tricks that’ll get you to burp on command:
Drinks with carbonated
Soda, beer, and other drinks with carbonation bubbles give you gas. When you drink a carbonated drink, your stomach fills up with gas, you burp, and the pain in your stomach goes away. It’s not enough to just sip the drink. It’s important to drink a lot quickly so that you swallow more air and are more likely to burp.
When a person moves, the air in their stomach can be pushed up by the movement, which could cause them to burp. Those who are sitting should get up. They should sit if they are standing. Another choice is to lie down and quickly get up. Sometimes, more needs to be done. Walking, jogging, jumping up and down, or stretching may help get the air out of the stomach.
Eat foods that make gas
When you eat foods that cause gas, the pressure in your stomach builds up, which makes you burp. Some foods that can make you burp are:
- some fruits, including apples, pears, and peaches
- hard candy
- chewing gum
- whole grain bread
Supplements with calcium carbonate that you can chew, are made to help with acid indigestion. An unexpected side effect of antacids is that they make you burp. You can buy antacids over the counter or on the Internet.
Another easy way to make yourself burp is to swallow some air. Let all the air out of your lungs. Then take a deep breath in and hold it for as long as you can. Let out your breath, take it back in, and swallow the air. This can be even easier if you drink a glass of water or pinch your nose.
Getting the gag reflex to work
You can force a burp by making yourself gag, but this should be a last resort. The back of the mouth can be touched with a clean finger to make a person burp. The touch should be light, just enough to push the air up. The only goal is to burp, not to throw up. Too much force can make someone throw up, so it’s best to be gentle.
Position how to burb
Sit up straight or stand tall to create a clear path for the gas to escape. Slouching or lying down can impede the burping process and lead to incomplete results.
Aim to burp when your stomach is full or when you feel discomfort due to trapped gas. Waiting too long may cause the gas to move into the intestines, making burping more difficult.
- The over-the-shoulder technique: This classic move involves gently placing one hand on your chest while the other rests on your upper back. Apply light pressure and lean slightly to the side, allowing the gas to rise, resulting in a satisfying burp.
- The standing stretch: Stand up, raise your arms above your head, and stretch backward gently. This position helps elongate your torso, creating more room for the gas to escape.
Why can’t I burp on command?
The ability to burp on command is dependent on various factors, including the functioning of your digestive system and the control you have over the muscles involved in the burping process.
- Natural Variation
Burping, like many bodily functions, varies from person to person. Just as some individuals can wiggle their ears or roll their tongues, the ability to burp on command is a unique trait that not everyone possesses. It’s important to remember that not being able to burp on command doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem with your health or digestive system.
- Burping Reflex
Burping is a reflex action triggered by the buildup of gas in your stomach. When excess gas accumulates, your body’s natural response is to expel it through a burp. However, the ability to voluntarily control this reflex varies among individuals. Some people have better control over the muscles involved in the burping process and can initiate a burp at will, while others find it more challenging to do so.
- Muscle Control
Burping involves the coordinated action of the muscles in your diaphragm, esophagus, and throat. To burp on command, you need to have good control over these muscles. Individuals who can burp on command have developed the ability to consciously relax and contract these muscles in a way that induces a burp. It’s a skill that can be honed with practice and conscious effort.
- Relaxation and Mindset
Burping requires a relaxed state of mind and body. Anxiety, stress, or tension can interfere with the burping reflex and make it difficult to burp on command. When you’re tense, the muscles involved in burping may remain constricted, hindering the release of gas. Practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, can help create a conducive environment for burping.
- Practice and Experimentation
If you’re determined to burp on command, it may be worth experimenting with different techniques and positions to find what works best for you. Some people find success by adjusting their posture, practicing controlled swallowing of air, or using external stimuli, such as drinking carbonated beverages, to trigger a burp. Keep in mind that these techniques should be done in moderation and with caution to avoid discomfort or potential health risks.
You probably know the feeling of having a burp stuck in your throat, like a bullet waiting its turn in the chamber. That’s how it feels when an air bubble forms in your throat. As it grows, it starts to put pressure on the upper oesophageal sphincter when it is closed. Once that pressure gets high enough, the burp blasts through the sphincter with such force that it makes the tissues of the throat and esophagus vibrate.
Now you know how to burp on command. But if you have painful gas or burping problems that don’t go away, you should talk to a doctor. This is especially true if you’ve had surgery on your stomach or digestive tract before.