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Okay so I am a college-aged girl, and have made the decision to go vegetarian. I have had more than my fair share of infections and anemia and am trying to get the protein and nutrients I need but also avoiding meat and other animal products (but i'm not entirely vegan). I am far away from home right now but I was wondering if anyone else experienced a weird "issue" i've been experiencing since pretty much going vegetarian. I have been burping excessively, and feel the need to burp almost constantly.... It's obviously worse right after I eat... but I've watched my eating habits and I make sure I eat with my mouth closed and I eat very slowly to begin with. Has anyone else experienced this with diet change? I have been stressed but I have always maintained a high-level of stress and I'm just assuming it's related to diet? The funniest thing? Until recently I couldn't make myself burp even if I tried (not that I would but I was never able to) What can you do to help this from helping? Such a silly thing to complain about but it's really painful sometimes.
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Have you added a type of food that you've never really eaten before? Just as some foods cause intestinal gas, other food can cause stomach gas (as weird and odd as that sentance sounds).

If it really seems to be a problem for you, have you thought about asking the school nurse? Or even if your college offers nutrition courses, maybe ask the professor that teaches that?

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I gotta say, when I switched to a vegetarian diet about a year and a half ago, I had really bad gas for the first month or two. After that, it settled down and is rarely an issue for me anymore. I've heard other accounts of this sort of thing happening, so I think it may just be your body getting used to the diet change.

But as ASargent42 said, if it's really a problem, you might want to ask a school nurse or nutritionist.

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Thanks! I'm sure it's diet related, I'm also drinking a LOT of caffeine/carbonated stuff which I need to cut back on, so I'm pretty sure it'll calm down. thx [Smile]
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I don't know if you eat tofu, but I read somewhere if you eat it 'raw' as in straight from the package the bacteria in it will make you gassy and/or give you a stomach ache. A rinse in cold water will get rid of the bacteria.
[Razz] But if you don't eat tofu! Yeah maybe it's the carbonated beverages, lots of bubbles=lots of burps haha

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Here's some information that might help you too:

Eat less air. Although there's no evidence that chewing with your mouth closed will help stop burping, chewing more slowly and carefully should, says Dr. Clarkston. It also enhances digestion, helping cut down on gas and stomach upset.

Nix nervousness. Some people fidget with their fingers or tap their toes when they're nervous. Others gulp literally gallons of air as they try to soothe a dry mouth and throat, says Dr. Cooper. Try finding other outlets for your nervous energy. Stand up and stretch or go for a walk around the block.

Forgo the fizz. Carbonated beverages taste great on the way down. What's less satisfying is the way the pressurized air sometimes forces its way back out, says Alan R. Gaby, M.D., a Baltimore physician and president of the American Holistic Medical Association. If you'd like to squelch that belch until after the dinner party—you might be wise to select a noncarbonated beverage instead.

Get rid of gum. Chewing gum helps create saliva that's later swallowed along with air, says Dr. Clarkston.

Sip from a glass. Drinking from straws and water fountains allows still more air to mix in with water, says Dr. Cooper. Drink directly from a glass or cup instead.

Go light on airy foods. Whipped foods like milk shakes and soufflés tend to have air in them, increasing your chance of burping, says Dr. Cooper.

Do the elimination diet. If none of the previous tips seem to help curb excess burping, a food allergy or sensitivity to milk may be to blame. Carefully eliminating some foods from your diet may give you some insight into the problem. Some of the most common culprits are milk, eggs, wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, citrus fruits, colas and chocolate.

"Many people have food allergies, and when they get off the food, their symptoms miraculously go away," says Dr. Gaby. If you stop drinking milk for several days, for example, and your belching stops, you may have found the problem. Just to be sure, have some more milk: If your belching resumes, you may have to find another source of calcium, he says.

Take a test. If you've investigated several causes of excessive burping and still don't have a clue, have your doctor perform a Heidelberg test. This quick office procedure checks the acid level of your stomach. While extra acid can lead to ulcers, low acid can slow digestion, causing burping, says Dr. Gaby.

Add some acid. If you're a touch low on stomach acid, you may need to add some with the first few bites of your meal. Hydrochloric acid tablets are available at most health food stores, says Dr. Gaby.

Hope that helps. The beginning of the article, if you're interested, can be found here

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