Aerophagia: how to prevent or relieve bloating?

Aerophagia is an eating disorder that involves swallowing air while chewing and swallowing the bolus.

Aerophagia is characterized by the accumulation of gases in the digestive tract, starting with the stomach and then descending to the small intestine and the colon. These gases can be evacuated either in the form of belching or flatulence.

In its scientific definition, aerophagia is a true eating disorder.

It is defined as a repeated activity of air swallowing followed by belching. The frequency of belching can vary according to the context, it intensifies in case of stress and decreases in case of distraction for example.

Some studies on aerophagia have shown that it is not a question of a greater absorption of air but of a different swallowing. Indeed the deglued air arrives more quickly in the esophagus to be returned almost immediately to the mouth.

In the common sense of aerophagia, it is an absorption or at least the presence of air in the digestive tract responsible for abdominal bloating, belching and / or flatulence.

The excessive presence of air in the stomach will stimulate certain reflexes which will themselves trigger relaxation of the lower sphincter of the esophagus and that of the upper sphincter allowing evacuation of the gases by belching.

If these gases are not evacuated, they will accumulate in the small intestine and then the colon, causing abdominal pain secondary to distention and flatulence.

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Author: Dr. Julia ROUX, Gastroenterologist

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