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A mouthguard can be used to prevent excessive air intake during a run.
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Burping -- or the release of air through the esophagus and mouth -- is a natural part of life. Unfortunately, burping in the middle of a run is not only embarrassing, but it can also make the activity more difficult. But where does one start when it comes to controlling burping during a run? Fortunately, making changes to your lifestyle may be useful when it comes to the control of burping while on a run.
Choose Foods Carefully
Avoiding foods that contribute to the development of excess gas is crucial for those who want to prevent burps during a run, says the American College of Sports Medicine. Foods that are high in sorbitol and fructose, such as soda and hard candies, may cause gas build-up and should be avoided by those who wish to prevent burping while running. Beans, raw vegetables and other foods that are high in fiber may also be associated with the development of uncomfortable and embarrassing burps. For runners with a lactose sensitivity, staying away from certain types of milk and cheese can be helpful when it comes to controlling burping while running.
Stop Swallowing Air
While burps are often blamed on the consumption of gas-causing foods, GI Health reports that swallowing air is also behind the development of this condition. Avoiding this habit can be useful when it comes to the control of burps during a run. The American College of Sports Medicine reports that some mouthguards may be useful when it comes to avoiding swallowing air while running. Drinking out of an open cup (instead of a bottle that features a straw or narrow opening) can also help stop you from swallowing air during a run.
Use Deep Breathing Techniques
Deep breathing techniques may also provide some relief from burps during a run, says GI Health. When under high amounts of stress, some individuals may unknowingly swallow large amounts of air, which can further exacerbate gas build-up and may lead to burping during a run. Participating in a yoga class that focuses on stress reduction can be an effective way to learn basic deep breathing techniques, says ACSM, and may stop you from swallowing air during periods of high stress.
Consider Over-the-Counter Remedies
Runners who do not experience beneficial results from homeopathic remedies may want to consider the use of over-the-counter medications for burping management. While there are a number of options that can be used to control burping, GI Health reports that Maalox, Gas-X, and Flatulex appear to be especially effective. Runners who are currently using prescription medications should consult with their primary care physician before starting these OTC products to avoid possible product interactions. Remember that OTC products are generally not a long-term cure, and they may provide only limited relief for those who suffer from chronic burping while running.