Sulphur, or rotten-egg, burps affect us all occasionally, but if you are experiencing them frequently you may want to make some changes in your diet. Usually eliminating a few offending foods and making healthier choices will resolve your problem. For more serious cases, talk to your doctor.
Foods to Avoid
Avoiding certain foods can help minimise sulphur burps. Avoid eating eggs, not only because they contain sulphur, but also because they are high in protein, which exacerbates burping in some people. Many foods contain eggs, so read labels and nutritional information to avoid consuming them. You should also avoid eating foods high in sugar, such as candy and ice cream, as well as alcohol or carbonated beverages. In addition, stay away from dried fruits prepared with sulphur and limit your consumption of dairy products.
Increasing fibre intake will improve digestive health, which will make sulphur burps less likely. Good sources of fibre include vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products. Choose brown rice over white, whole-wheat products over those made with white flour, and whole vegetables and fruits over juices.
A morning cocktail of warm water, dark honey and lemon or lime juice can help you cleanse your system of toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you stay hydrated, help flush toxins from your body and avoid constipation.
Talk with Your Doctor
If home remedies do not resolve your problem, talk with your doctor, as you could have an infection that needs treatment. If your sulphur burps are caused by a short-term prescription medication, it may be best just to treat your symptoms. If you plan on taking the medicine indefinitely, ask your doctor if you can change to a different medication or change the way you take it. If your burping is accompanied by other digestive symptoms such as diarrhoea, cramping or vomiting, talk with your doctor.