Beat burping, bloating, and generally being gassy with the right foods and Ayurvedic supplements, including ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, red beet powder, fenugreek, cinnamon, and shilajit.
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Are you Gassy? Here’s How Ayurveda Can Help
Do you find yourself burping more than usual after eating? After a large meal, do you suffer from bloat and stomach distention? Does food just sit in your stomach long after you’ve finished eating? Do you battle with occasional heartburn?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone—some 75% of Americans are living with uncomfortable digestive symptoms like gas, bloat, loose stools, or abdominal distress.2
In the West, belching, bloat, and indigestion are treated by avoiding carbonated drinks, chewing gum, and swallowing air, as well as using antacids to snuff out stomach acid.1
From the Western perspective, burping, bloat, and indigestion are thought to be caused by issues in the stomach. From the Ayurvedic perspective, it’s agreed that the stomach’s symptoms are caused by an underlying imbalance in the liver and gallbladder.
How Your Gallbladder and Bile Impact Bloat and Belching
Burping is caused by food lingering in the stomach longer than it should, resulting in fermentation, gas, and belching. There is nothing wrong with an occasional burp, but excessive burping leads to belly bloat, acidity, distension, and abdominal discomfort.
An adequate supply of healthy bile from the liver and gallbladder is required to allow food and stomach acid to be released from the stomach into the small intestine in a timely manner. An adequate amount of bile is also needed to buffer stomach acids, which are used to break down tough proteins. If bile production is compromised, stomach acid and ingested foods will linger in the stomach. This is called gastroparesis in Western medicine and udvarta in Ayurveda.
If this problem persist for longer periods of time, belching, bloat and acidity can turn into more concerning food intolerances. The stomach will hold onto the food contents as long as possible while waiting for the green light indicating it’s okay to empty the stomach into the small intestine. If that light never goes on, acid build-up in the stomach can eventually force the stomach to produce less acid as a way of protecting its mucosal lining. This results in a more complex situation with low stomach acid and low bile flow, and further levels of bloat, belching, discomfort, and food sensitivity.
Resolving Bloat and Belching with Food
Try eating foods that will increase bile flow and support healthy liver and gall bladder function. Here, a list of foods that you want to incorporate in your diet if you are gassy. Plus, foods you want to eat less of.
|Beets||Processed vegetable cooking oils|
|Black radish||Refined sugar|
|Coconut||Excess saturated fats|
|Mustard and turnip greens|
|Extra virgin olive oil|
Foods to Boost Healthy Stomach Acid Production
To gently strengthen stomach acid production, eat and drink more of the following foods:
- Extra virgin olive oil and vingear on salads to boost digestive acid
- Hot lemon water before and with meals
- Ginger tea with meals
My recipe for a pre-digestive shot: Mix 2 parts ginger juice, 1 part raw honey, and a pinch of salt. Take a teaspoon before meals.
Restaurant tip: Add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in hot water. Drink while waiting for your food to be served.
We Recommend DIY Stomach Acid and Heartburn Test
John Douillard’s Herbal Support for Addressing Belching and Bloat
One of the easiest ways to reset the healthy production of stomach acid, bile, and digestive enzymes is to take my two most popular digestive formulas: Gentle Digest and Beet Cleanse before each meal. Gentle Digest is a combination of ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel, and cardamom that supports the coordinated function of the stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, and pancreas—all critical in the production of bile.4 Beet Cleanse combines red beet powder, fenugreek, cinnamon, and shilajit to support the healthy flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder, as well as healthy function of the bile and pancreatic ducts.5-14
Directions: Start with two capsules of each right before meals and then once digestion improves, take one capsule of each before meals. Once gas and bloat are resolved, stop taking these supplements. For maintenance, take them before, during, or after late, heavy or fatty (rich) meals as needed to give you a digestive boost.