Burping is bad!

I have often wondered about burping. It makes you feel good temporarily but why does it happen? Is it a good thing? It seems not (necessarily). Burping indicates a problem with digestion where there is not enough stomach acid available to digest the food. Burping may be an opportunity for giving your stomach a second shot at digesting but the nutrients may have already been missed!

“Good zinc levels are needed for the production of stomach acid.  If you crave strong tasting salty foods this is another sign of a lack of zinc in their diets.  Poor production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes leads to poor absorption of nutrients.  Levels do decline with age so you may need to supplement digestive enzymes… Craving sweet things after a meal can happen when the meal has not been digested well – and our bodies want some fast sugary energy meantime. Food cravings are usually a sign that you are not getting enough nutrients in the food you have eaten – but topping up with empty calories is not the answer.”

Instead try a piece of fresh pineapple or papaya.

“Some foods with naturally occurring digestive enzymes, such as yogurt, with active, live cultures, break down lactose, which makes yogurt a possibility for those who are lactose intolerant…Papaya contains the naturally occurring digestive enzyme papain, which helps to digest protein. Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, which acts as an aid for ingestion. Pineapples also contain multiple anti-inflammatory enzymes. Mangos, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries and grapefruit also contain naturally occurring digestive enzymes…

In addition, apple cider vinegar contains a high number of nutrients and enzymes.”

Papaya, the wonder fruit!

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