WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Burping'?
Normal BurpingWhere burping is considered impolite in western society, in China or India burping implies satisfaction and compliments the chef. In Ayurveda, belching during a meal is often an important sign that your stomach is full and that you should stop eating.
Burping is one of the fundamental urges one should never thwart. Deliberately preventing the urge to burp aggravates Vata dosha and causes pressure buildup in the abdomen. The pressure confuses the nervous system of the gut, which can comfortable accommodate only 1 cup of air at a time (though it can hold nine or more cups).
Belching may be normal if you swallowed some air (called aerophagia), or recently drank a fizzy carbonated beverage. The peculiar noise you hear while belching is a vibration of the upper esophageal sphincter. Babies frequently swallow air that causes uncomfortable pressure. They should be burped to release the pressure.
Frequent BurpingExcessive burping could indicate a problem in your digestion or the presence of undigested carbohydrates. Food that sits too long in the stomach begins to ferment by the action of bacteria, which causes gas to form. If the gas forms in the lower GI, it will be eliminated through the anus, better known as a fart. If the gas forms in the upper GI, it will be released through the mouth, known as a burp. When belts are too restrictive at the waist, it causes gas to move up instead of down. Excessive belching may be caused by a hiatal hernia, gastritis, an ulcer, or certain medications.
Burping & ExercisesYou might burp more frequently while exercising as movement massages your digestive organs, dislodging stagnant foods. Exercise also shunts blood from the digestive organs to the muscles, which can result in poor digestion, increasing fermentation.
Stagnant FoodThere are several reasons why food will sit too long in the stomach and ferment. Kapha individuals tend to produce excess mucus and have a low metabolism, producing sluggish digestion. Pitta individuals digest food too quickly or suffer from intense emotions that create a subjective feeling of emptiness in the stomach, called a Clamoring Stomach in Chinese medicine, that leads to burping. Vata individuals often lack the enzymes necessary to properly digest foods, leading to fermentation.
Burping and TasteBurping with a sour taste or metallic smell could indicate acid reflux. A burp that smells like the last meal you ate means the meal is still sitting in your intestines.
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Burping'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Burping.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
DIET TO BALANCE 'BURPING'
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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR BURPINGBrowse these educational resources for 'Burping'.
SPECIALITY FORMULAS, AYURVEDIC HERBS, & NATURAL PRODUCTS FOR BURPINGWe've specially chosen these products because of their potential for healing imbalances associated with 'Burping'. Choose a product from this list that also matches your imbalanced doshas and qualities, to ensure a good fit. Please review these products to determine which are right for you. Before making any changes to your health and wellness routine, please check with your medical doctor.
Additional Herbs & Products
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCEWith Burping, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha. These imbalanced doshas and qualities will need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be avoided. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.
BURPING USUALLY MEANS THESE
|GUNA||FOODS TO AVOID||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
|AVOID THESE TOXIC FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
|AVOID THESE OILY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
|AVOID THESE HEAVY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Heavy' guna
|AVOID THESE GOOEY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Gooey' guna
|AVOID THESE DIFFICULT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
|AVOID THESE SWEET FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BURPING||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sweet' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.