Upon being digested the food gives out hydrogen sulfide as a byproduct. When the stomach gets bloated with excessive air inside, this excess is expelled out as burping. A healthy burp usually does not have any significant smell or might smell like the food we consume. Because of its highly pungent smell, they are commonly referred to as Sulfur burps or egg burps.
The protein break down usually causes the release of hydrogen sulfide once it is broken down by micro-organisms which reduce the sulfur. Normally, these micro-organisms would be good bacteria acting upon the food but in case of sulfur burps it is probable they are infectious.
In case of pregnant women, the digestion may be delayed and gas gets accumulated in the intestines. So in their case, having sulfur burps is quite normal.
If sulfur burps accompany loose-stools (diarrhea) or vomit, then this could be a symptom of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In this case, it is highly recommended you consult your physician soon.
Causes of Sulfur Burps:
Foods such as the following increase the risk of having sulfur burps, we have listed the 10 most known foods that can give you all that trouble! Have a look!
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red meat and poultry
1. What we eat also sometimes results in being the cause of sulfur burps. Eating sugary and protein-rich foods is one of the possible causes of sulfur burps. Having a lot of food at once also causes sulfur burps because a bigger meal gets digested slowly and leads to the accumulation of hydrogen sulfide which might get expelled as a sulfur burp if not as a smelly fart.
2. If we are following any medications which contain any kind of sulfur compounds, then we get a little prone to have sulfur burps. If you hate having smelly burps, then it would be best to ask your doctor for alternatives to the medicine that’s been causing those disgusting smelly expulsions of gases out of the mouth while you speak.
3. Microbes and bacteria which reduce sulfur use the parts of food that contain sulfur based compounds and give out hydrogen sulfide as one of the products. This gas smells pungent and gives us the embarrassment when we burp at times to relieve the flatulence.
4. Getting infected by a parasitic microbe is a common cause of smelly ‘sulfur burps’. These parasites cause stomach ache, cramps, ulcers, vomiting and diarrhea. They attack us mainly from improper hygienic conditions like infected water, transmission- oral or fecal, or poor hygienic conditions.
5. An empty colon, caused by IBS is sometimes a reason for smelly burps. Treatment of IBS solves the problem.
6. Gall problems or having removed the gall bladder also causes unpleasant smelling burps.
7. ‘Pancreatitis’ or ‘Gastrointestinal re-flux disease’ also cause these burps.
8. Stress also causing problems like acid re-flux, hernia and ‘sulfur burps’.
Easy Tips on How to Get Rid of Sulfur Burps:
To get rid of sulfur burps we must first improve our lives to get healthier and prevent these smelly burps or any other problems by being hygienic, eating the right food in the right quantity and at proper intervals. but if the problem persists we must see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out any kind of larger underlying problem.
- Abundant hydration helps in ruling out sulfur burps as water is essential in maintaining proper digestive processes and helps immensely in the digesting of proteins.
- Alcohol should be avoided as it also causes the digestive system to get disrupted and causes smelly burping.
- Consuming herbal teas helps us detoxify our gastro-intestinal tract and in preventing the occurrence of foul smelling belching. Green Teas, Chamomile tea and Peppermint tea can be used.
- If used occasionally, apple cider vinegar is also helpful.
- Using Olive oil in cooking can help in getting rid of sulfur burps.
- Avoiding sugary foods helps.
- Eating foods which are high in fiber content help in the digestive process and prevent this condition. Apple and Brown rice are helpful to achieve abundant fiber intake.
- Canned or pre-cooked and ready to eat foods must be avoided as they run a high risk of eggy burps.
- Avoid consuming carbonated or caffeinated drinks as they increase our chances of burping with a pungent smell.
- Early in the morning, drink a glass of lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 lemon squeezed. This will help us not have sulfur burps during the ensuing day.
- Take 300 ml of water (about 1 glass) and ½ teaspoon of baking soda and mix properly and drink. It will also help avoid sulfur burps.
- In case any of your medicines happen to contain sulfur compounds, contact your doctor and ask them to prescribe any alternative to it.
- Try eliminating any kinds of foods that might contain sulfur based proteins from the diet.
- If you suspect it to be any kind of bacteria growing in the gastro-intestinal tract, see the doctor immediately. They will prescribe antibiotics which should resolve the issue.
- If the issue is persisting, then see a doctor and ask them to investigate the underlying causes. They might prescribe Pepto-Bismol which binds hydrogen sulfide and eliminates the smell from the burps. Warning: Following this medicine might lead to a harmless condition called ‘Black Tongue’.
- Gallbladder tests or an abdominal ultrasound will rule out the possibility of gall problems being the root cause.
- Seltzer water if consumed after meals will eliminate all gas and ruling out smelly burps.
We have seen the various causes of Sulfur burps and now we also know how to prevent having them and cure them if we do happen to have them. We hope this piece was helpful for you. Do let us know if this could resolve your burp problem and how effective were our tips and remedies.