How to swallow air, reasons and associated problems

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How to swallow air

Burping is the fastest way to get rid of gas from the stomach. The only way to burp is to learn how to swallow air. Burping is very easy to do, and it can help you relieve bloating from the stomach.

Why do people swallow air?

When you swallow air, there is the tendency that you will burp. A lot of people swallow air to burp and release gas from their digestive system. Nonetheless, some other people want to burp for the fun of it. The issue is, not everyone knows how to swallow air. However, swallowing air is something you can learn to do. There are some tips you need to learn if you want to burp. Let us look at these tips one after the other.

The body posture

The first step to knowing how to swallow air is to understand how the body reacts. Certain conditions and postures can help you achieve the right results depending on your goal.

Like I mentioned before if you need to burp, then you need to swallow enough air. Sitting or standing in a posture that allows your back to stay straight will enable your lungs to extend fully. That posture will enable you to swallow enough air to create a burp. Also, when you exhale air, learn how to puff out your chest. Doing this can help stretch your lungs and bring out a more natural burp.  

How to swallow air
How to swallow air

How to swallow air—what are the causes?

Naturally, we swallow air when we talk, laugh, and eat. Chewing gum can even increase the amount of air you swallow even further. When you wallow too much air, it can produce gastrointestinal disorders.  The medical term used to describe excessive swallowing of air is aerophagia. These symptoms include belching, bloating, abdominal distention, and flatulence. Nonetheless, swallowing air can help you relieve conditions such as abdominal gas and bloating. Using the proper technique, you can learn to swallow just the right amount of air to make a burp.

For people who find it difficult to swallow air, the first step is to hold enough air in your mouth. Then hold your nose and close your mouth. Doing this will help you swallow the air that you are holding in your mouth. Swallow enough air to help you produce a burp.

However, before you deliberately swallow air for a burp, you might want to build up gas. Taking carbonated drinks before swallowing air will lead to the formation of air bubbles in your digestive tract.

Causes of aerophagia or swallowing of air

Swallowing the right amount of air may seem like it’s a very easy thing to do. However, too much amount of air in the stomach can become a source of the problem. Some of the causes of aerophagia include:

Body mechanics

Our breathing method, the way we eat, and drink can lead to aerophagia. Some of the reasons why we swallow excessive air are:

  • Talking while having your meals
  •  Eating very fast—taking on a lot of bites at the same time
  • Taking your drinks with a straw
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Smoking
  • Taking carbonated drinks
  • Taking carbonated beverages
  • Exercising with a lot of energy
  • Consuming a large number of dairy products

Medical reasons why we swallow air

Emergency medicine that requires the patient to breathe by the use of a machine can cause aerophagia. A good example of this is the noninvasive ventilation such as the CPAP. For people with obstructive sleep apnea, the use of CPAP helps to provide the required air pressure. The air pressure runs through an oxygen mask or tube. A wrong setting of the machine can lead to too much air entering the stomach. The same can happen if the wearer is suffering from some form of congestion.

Another medical condition that can lead to aerophagia is COPD. The case is the same with some people that suffer certain types of heart failure.


Aerophagia shares some of the common symptoms with other abdominal disorders. These disorders include acid reflux, blockage of the bowel, abdominal pain, and allergies to food. The doctor will also examine these issues when there are no physical signs of intestinal disorder present. If the symptom persists, the doctor will examine for aerophagia.

Ways to manage aerophagia

Managing aerophagia at home requires a lot of determination. Nonetheless, managing it is possible. Some of the things you can do include:

Control your eating habits

  • Learn to eat with your mouth closed. Chew your food very well before going for the second bite. When taking liquids with straw, take small sips at a time. Drinking with the straw is one way to swallow a large amount of air.
  • Avoid breathing through the mouth
  • Stay away from carbonated drinks as they can lead to gas flatus.
  • Reducing your intake of protein and dairy products can be of great help.
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