You burp when you have had a successful meal and you loved every moment of it. But there are some burps that will actually make you feel nauseated and sulfur burps are one of them. Did you ever get a rotten smelling burp? Well, as disgusted as you got with one of those, there are many reasons why you get the ugly burps. In this article we will talk all about sulfur burps and why they are caused.
Check whether this burp is a symptom for an ailment or something else all-together:
What Is Burping?
Before we move on to sulfur burps in particular, let us understand what exactly burping is. Mind it, regular burps are actually good for your body. Usually when you have excess air in your stomach, this air will be expelled out of your body in the form of burps.
Sulfur burps on the other hand, occurs when you eat particular types of protein and these are broken down in the digestive track and generates hydrogen sulphide gas. This gas is then expelled out of the body in the form of sulfur burps or egg burps. They can be triggered by food (most commonly), but there might also be other reasons that cause them – for instance – drugs or infections in your body.
Foods That Cause Sulfur Burps:
Sulfur burps are mostly caused when you have a diet rich in foods that contain sulfur proteins. These proteins, when broken down by our digestive juices release hydrogen sulfide gas and this very gas releases from our mouth, smelling like rotten eggs. Not only is it distasteful, but people around you might end up scrunching their noses too!
Here are some common food items that may cause sulfur burps:
- Red meats – Mutton, pork and beef
- Poultry – Mostly chicken
- Dairy Products
- Fruits – Bananas, avocados
- Seeds – Pumpkin seeds, nuts, grains
- Legumes – Soy, beans, peas
- Vegetables – Pak choi, broccoli, parsley, tomato, cabbage
- Tea, coffee and amino acids
So, you see there are tons of foods that will actually cause sulfur burps and these are foods that you commonly have in your daily meals. So, we can’t really avoid them, but we can have remedies that might reduce the burps if you are very susceptible to them.
Besides foods, find out the other reasons why you might be getting sulfur burps:
Other Causes For Sulfur Burps:
Medical Reasons: Sometimes certain types of ailments might also lead you to burp abnormally. Helicobacter Pylori or Giardia is a bacteria that causes gastric ulcers and heartburns that might ultimately lead you to have sulfur burps. Besides burping, the bacteria might also cause you to have diarrhoea and bloating. This is actually an acute problem and you might need medication to get rid of the bacteria.
Another problem that might cause burps is the irritable bowel syndrome when your colon stops functioning properly. Crohn’s disease, hernia and acid reflux have their own set of symptoms and sulfur burps are predominantly one of them.
Medical Drugs: Some medicines will contain sulfur in their list of ingredients. If you are on such medication, it is but natural that you will also suffer from sulfur burps as side effects. You can’t do anything to these kinds of burps but once you stop this medication, your burps will also automatically stop.
So do you think you are suffering from sulfur burps? Here are some of the most common symptoms of sulfur burps.
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Symptoms Of Sulfur Burps:
The most common and obvious symptom of sulfur burp is getting burps that smell of rotten eggs and make you feel nauseated. Additionally, in severe cases, some people might also suffer from nausea, fatigue and pain. Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea might also be present for some people. In any case sulfur burps turn serious, you should get medical attention in such cases.
Sometimes when the sulfur burps aren’t too problematic, you can get rid of them by simple home remedies. The section below will give you some of the common remedies against sulfur burps:
Home Remedies For Sulfur Burps
Some of the best cures for common ailments are right in our homes! So before you head out to the doctor for a permanent cure, here are the things that could help you with sulfur burps:
Water is the simplest remedy for sulfur burps and not only does it prevent more burps, but it also keeps you hydrated!
2. Green Tea
Green tea is immensely useful to prevent any indigestion or stomach problems. It helps to flush out toxins from your body and is a great way to start your day too!
Fresh fruits not only promote good health, but they also prevent sulfur burps by getting rid of flatulence. Apple is especially very good in treating sulfur burps.
4. Honey And Lemon
Another common home recipe is to have some honey and lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water, preferably early in the day (when you wake up). These two ingredients cool down the intestinal muscles thus preventing gas, burping and bloating.
5. Brown Rice
Brown rice is not only a protein-rich source of food, but is also very fibrous, thus making your body digest it better and also increase your metabolism. It works well for sulfur burps because it makes digestion easier. Having brown rice for twice a day can really alleviate sulfur burps.
6. Lime Juice
Lime juice is very good for flushing out toxins from the body, especially in case of sulfur burps. So having some water mixed with lime juice at the start of your day will not only flush these toxins out from your body, but will also rev it up for better digestive process throughout the day.
7. Avoid Large Meals
Who doesn’t love a heavy meal? We all do, but probably it’s not the best thing to do when you are suffering from sulfur burps. Sulfur burps are mostly caused due to these heavy meals which are rich in protein. It takes longer for your bodies to digest such food and at the same time you have more gas when your stomach is not able to digest these foods.
8. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an excellent herbal tea to calm down your stomach, especially when you are having an upset tummy or your food is not getting digested well. A few cups of chamomile tea every morning and afternoon will surely get rid of sulfur burps within a week.
9. No Sugary Food
Sugary foods are the number one reason for sulfur burps and one common remedy of getting rid of these unpleasant burps is to reduce your intake of sugar.
10. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is a very potent herbal tea that prevents bloating and stomach cramps. Having it every morning prevents sulfur burps too.
11. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps to control the amount of acids in your stomach and also prevents sulfur burps. Mix baking soda with water and drink the solution. Some people may have a gag reflex and may end up puking, so remember to be close to a place where you can throw up.
12. Avoid Canned Foods
Yes, we agree, canned food is great for those who are running short of time or are looking for a quick fix on food, but these canned foods are high on preservatives and may be a reason for your sulfur burps. Avoid canned foods as much as possible and try to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to prevent these burps.
13. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol is also pretty hard on your stomach and can cause many problems which might ultimately lead to sulfur burps.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar should again be had early in the morning to stabilize the acids in your stomach and also prevent bloating and diarrhea associated with an upset tummy. It will help your digestive power and prevent sulfur burps.
15. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a light oil that can make your dishes healthy. It is also easily digestible and makes sulfur burps disappear. Instead of cooking your food in white oil, try substituting it with olive oil for a healthier and better stomach.
16. Fennel Seeds
In Indian dishes we use a lot of fennel seeds because it is a great way to make your digestive juices flow and make digestion easier. These seeds can also get rid of bad odor from your mouth.
17. Ginger And Ginger Tea
We Indians truly have all kinds of solutions in our very own kitchens. Ginger is one such ingredient that we use in a lot of our curries and also as a basic ingredient in our tea. Ginger can alleviate the symptoms of nausea and bloating and help with digestion. If had continuously, they can also prevent sulfur burps to a large extent.
18. Yogurt And Cumin Seeds
Lassi is a very popular cooling drink for most of us in summer. The major ingredients are yogurt and cumin seeds that work wonders for helping with digestion. Drinking one glass of lassi will also help eliminate sulfur burps. You can have lassi after a meal, especially a heavy one and get rid of the unpleasant sulfur burps.
19. Fennel And Asafetida
Fennel seeds and asafetida or Heeng are used in our curries and are great to improve the digestion process. Drinking fennel water can also do wonders for an upset tummy. Include them in your daily diet to improve digestion and remove sulfur burps.
So these are all the remedies of curing sulfur burps at home. But sometimes you have to be very careful when using these remedies because overdoing them might end up harming you more and you might have to seek medical assistance immediately. Here are some precautions you should keep in mind while using the above home remedies.
- Always take medication with care. If you are trying to get rid of sulfur burps with medicines, follow the correct dosage to ensure that there are no side effects.
- Consult the doctor when you decide to pop in some pills
- Medicines like pepto Bismol are great to remove sulfur burps but they should not be used on children because it leads to black stool. In any case, always consult the doctor whenever you want some medication for children.
Being mindful of the precautions is extremely important, but sometimes sulfur burps might be an indication of a bigger underlying problem. So if your sulfur burps are refusing to go, you should definitely seek medical attention. The below section will help you determine when you should visit a doctor.
When To Consult A Doctor
Sometimes, sulfur burps may not be the problem at all. You may have some underlying problems and sulfur burps might be one of the ways your body was responding in. Keep your eyes open and if you see these symptoms in addition to your burps, make sure you visit the doctor and seek medical attention as soon as possible:
- Speak to a gastroenterologist if you have bloating, nausea, fever and fatigue in addition to your burps. You may be suffering from Crohn’s disease. A doctor can conduct tests and let you know if you have it.
- People who have had acid reflux before may get these burps too. H Pyolri may be the reason why you may be having the burps. A gastroenterologist will again be able to pinpoint it and you can start having antibiotics
- If your stool does not look normal at all and is accompanied by mucus like substance, you may have Giardia parasites. You should quickly seek medical attention and start on anti-parasitic medicines to get rid of giardia.
So, sulfur burps might be a common occurrence when you have too much protein-rich food or foods from our above list. Sometimes, sulfur burps might also be an indication of another bigger problem. Always get it checked and prevent it from worsening.