Body Language Belching and gurgling

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April 10, 2010

What it means: You have swallowed excess air, either while eating or conversation or both. But burps and gurgles can also point to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a common condition in which stomach acid seeps up into your esophagus and, in serious cases, can cause you to make gurgling noises because of the regurgitation of food or acid.

What to do: As your mom said, don't talk with your mouth full. That can cut back on burping, as can limiting gum-chewing and fizzy beverages. To avoid GERD, eat small, frequent meals, and skip foods that worsen the symptoms (like caffeinated drinks and onions). You may also get some relief from a nonprescription antacid.

When to seek help: If you experience GERD symptoms more than once a week, particularly at night, visit your doctor.

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