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Q: Caffeine and chrempsis ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Caffeine and chrempsis
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: jeffsmith-ga
List Price: $15.82
Posted: 15 Jul 2006 20:57 PDT
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Question ID: 746701
Does caffeine make you burp, and why?
Subject: Re: Caffeine and chrempsis
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 15 Jul 2006 23:08 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Jeffsmith,

    Caffeine is not typically implicated in causing one to burp,
unless the caffeine is contained in a soda pop, or you are gulping
your coffee too quickly while talking or chewing food! Some people do
swallow extra air when drinking and eating too quickly or by chatting
while eating, and if it's a caffeinated drink you are consuming, you
may burp! If you drink several cups of coffee with a lot of milk, the
milk may be the burp-causer.

?A burp ? sometimes called a belch ? is nothing but gas. When you eat
or drink, you don't just swallow food or liquid. You also swallow air
at the same time. The air we breathe contains gases, like nitrogen
(say: ny-truh-jen) and oxygen (say: ahk-sih-jen).

Sometimes when you swallow these gases, they need to get out. That's
where burping comes in! Extra gas is forced out of the stomach, up
through the esophagus (say: ih-sah-fuh-gus, the tube for food that
connects the back of the throat to the stomach), and out of the mouth
as a burp.

Some kids find that drinking soda or other carbonated beverages makes
them burp more. Can you guess why? If you're thinking that it's
because these drinks contain extra gas, you're right! The gas that
makes the drinks fizzy is carbon dioxide (say: kar-bon dy-ahk-side),
another gas that can bring on big burps. Sometimes eating or drinking
too fast can make a person burp because this can send extra air into
the stomach. The same thing happens when you drink through a straw:
extra air in = more burps out.

Burping is almost never anything to worry about. Everybody does it at
least once in a while, and it's very unusual for burping to mean
something is wrong in a kid's body. What can you do if you're around
people and you feel a burp coming on??

"The gas that is burped or farted is made up of 5 main chemicals:
nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen oxygen & methane. It mostly comes
from swallowed air, and breakdown of food in the gut. We swallow
around 300 times per day and each time we suck in 3ml of air. Foods
and beverages also contain considerable gas. Digestion of the food in
the bowel by acid, enzymes and bacteria all generates more gas. This
in turn depends on what food you eat and what bugs that live normally
in your bowel. The common foods that tend to cause more gas than
others are shown in Table 1." See site for the chart!

?Where does all the air come from?
?	Drinking soft drinks and other carbonated drinks
?	Swallowing too much saliva
?	Swallowing too often
?	Chewing gum
?	Eating too quickly
?	Eating too much
Rarely, frequent burping can indicate stomach problems, a problem with
the muscle between your stomach and esophagus, or blockage in your
intestines. If you suspect your frequent burping has a medical cause,
talk with your doctor. Remember, though, that the most common cause
for burps and belches is excess air in your stomach. Though annoying,
burps and belches don't damage your health!?

?Stay away from foods that cause you to burp. Some might include:
?	Fatty and soured foods ? oily dressings, margarine, cheddar cheese,
and sour cream
?	Whipped foods ? ice cream, soufflés, omelets, and whipped cream
?	Foods that relax your esophageal sphincter ? chocolate, onions,
tomatoes, mint, and alcohol?

   ?According to Jaffe, ?Burping is triggered by distention [bloating
or swelling] of the upper part of the stomach, leading to the
regurgitation [backward passage] of gas from the stomach through the
esophagus and then out through the mouth.?  He adds that it is an
involuntary reflex, but once sensed, it can be controlled by not
relaxing the upper esophageal sphincter valve and re-swallowing the

We burp because it prevents over-swelling of the stomach, which can
cause discomfort but is not dangerous.
This swelling can be caused any time swallowed gas is allowed to come
back north rather than going south, says Raymond. Everyone burps, but
most of the time the gas escapes silently?

   Caffeine in excess can cause other digestive problems however.
Please see the link below for additional information.
?Alcohol, chocolate, peppermint and foods and beverages containing
caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas, etc), weaken the esophageal sphincter. ?

   Your question is entitled ?Caffeine and chrempsis?. I assume you
mean chemosis, and that you have had an allergic reaction to something
that made the conjunctiva of your eyes swell.

?Chemosis is a condition in which the membranes that line the eyelids
and surface of the eye (conjunctiva) are swollen. The outer surface
covering appears to have fluid in it. Often, the conjunctiva become so
swollen that the eyes cannot close properly.?

   After numerous searches, I found no evidence that caffeine or
coffee causes chemosis. This page has many adverse effects of
caffeine, and chemosis and burps are not listed. Intense rubbing of
the eyes, because of allergies, can trigger chemosis, and can be a
symptom of a thyroid problem or a form of glaucoma.

   Burping in itself is not a health concern, but I would consult with
your physician if it is constantly happening, and you are suffering
from chemosis. Antihistamine eye drops can be prescribed for chemosis.

   If I am totally off the mark regarding chemosis, please request an
Answer Clarification, and allow me to respond, before you rate. I will
be glad to clarify before your rate.

Good Luck!

Sincerely, Crabcakes

Search Terms
foods that cause burps
gas producing foods
chemosis + caffeine allergy
chemosis + coffee allergy

Request for Answer Clarification by jeffsmith-ga on 16 Jul 2006 00:08 PDT
Sorry, bungled my priorities. Yours was an excellent answer and the
parts about esophageal reflux and chemosis worried me a bit, because
my father is suffering from reflux and my stomach churns lately, also
I have a hard time waking up in the morning and lots of rheum in my
eyes. I have to tell a doctor about it.

Clarification of Answer by crabcakes-ga on 16 Jul 2006 10:18 PDT
Thank you for the 5 stars and the generous tip!  Your comments are
partially Greek to me (!) but interesting. Thanks for the lesson!
jeffsmith-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
No dear, I do mean 'chrempsis' which is the Greek (my native language)
for burping (more commonly found as apochrempsis, which can mean any
cathartic action through the mouth). Apochremptomai is different in
meaning from chrimpto, which means mainly a light touch, and in that
it can be synonymous with chrio (anoint), from which Christ is handed
down to us. But if the sense of breaking is involved in both the
action of burping and that of farting (which I assume because the
Greek for the latter is klano, probably a variant of klao->>klo "to
break") then why wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that Latin
frangere and fringere come midway between Greek and Germanic,
providing the b labial sound in the latter? A basic precedent in this
change from Greek ch- to Latin f- is cheo which gives Latin fondere
(both meaning "melt", "smelt", as in foundry). All this means that for
me, Jesus is so much French fries.

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