Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Burping (eructation, udgara)Write a review!
Written by John Joseph Immel
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 your digestive organs get a natural massages that moves 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.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
Burping indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities are imbalanced:
Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
Stage of Disease: 1 - Affecting DigestionIf you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to correct these warning signs before they weaken your body's resistance.
Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Burping.
|Digestive Cordial||Fennel Powder|
|Ginger (Fresh)||Hing (Asafoetida)|
|Salt (Mineral Salt)||Thyme (fresh)|
|Vomiting||Dry mouth / tongue|
|Hiatal Hernia||Indigestion / Upset stomach|
|Exercise Aggravates||Acid Reflux|
|Pain above belly button||H pylori infection|
|Stomach Ulcer||Intense emotions|
|Bloating / distension||Gas, irregular digestion|
|Heaviness in stomach||Slow, heavy digestion|
|Tight clothing / belts||Impacted Fecal Matter|
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