Hey everyone! I’m coming atcha’ today with some more tips in order to support your digestive system.
Our digestive systems are truly amazing, they are constantly working through all the food and other materials we throw down the hatch on a daily basis and majority of the time, they do a pretty stand up job at sorting out friend from foe. Although, they occasionally do become overworked and need a little extra support! Below I will be talking you through different herbal remedies I love to incorporate into mine and my clients lives to help with digestion. I like to start by incorporating natural herbal remedies before turning to supplementation.
My number one herb I use to support my digestion is GINGER. Ginger is a root that has been used in traditional Arabic, Indian and Asian cultures for healing for thousands of years. Ginger is mainly known for its relief of nausea and vomiting, but it has also been shown to work as a carminative to relieve gas and an intestinal spasmolytic which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. Lastly, ginger contains a compound called gingerols which are very potent anti-inflammatories. I like to steep mine in a tea when I’m feeling bloated and experiencing indigestion.
Another favourite of mine is PEPPERMINT. Peppermint leaves are not only super refreshing, they can help to calm the muscles of the intestinal tract allowing material to pass through it more freely and cut down on the amount of gas being produced. Although, if you suffer from heartburn you may want to avoid this herb, it can cause these symptoms to become worse by relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach, allowing stomach acid to pool back into the esophagus making your heartburn worse.
Number three is FENNEL, this herb/spice is amazing at working quickly to dissipate digestive upsets like gas, bloating and indigestion. Fennel seeds contain many compounds that have been found to offer carminative(relieving gas) and anti-flatulent support. Basically, it helps you not be as gassy. Fennel has been used in India for many years, it is common for people there to chew on a few fennel seeds to help with digestion following a meal.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT, and no I’m not talking about an herb that tastes like ooey, gooey marshmallows that you have at a campfire sorry, although that is how they used to be made! Marshmallow root is known to support the digestive tract due to its mucilage component, a mucilage is a gel-like substance that attracts water to form a thick gel. This can be helpful to coat the mucous membrane of the digestive tract, helping support certain digestive disorders like leaky gut syndrome. Marshmallow root creates a protective barrier around those tiny openings not allowing as many particles to escape. This can also be helpful for people who suffer from heartburn and ulcers.
SLIPPERY ELM comes from an elm tree, it has been used in traditional Native American medicine to treat wounds and digestive ailments. Slippery Elm also contains the soluble fibre; mucilage that creates a gel-like substance in the body that can coat mucous membranes, this can help to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases by forming that protective barrier in the intestines.
CALENDULA, is actually a flower than an herb but it still has amazing properties to support the digestive system. It is best known for helping to relieve symptoms of heartburn, peptic ulcers and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).
CHAMOMILE, another flower that has an ancient past. It has been used for thousands of years in medicinal medicine. It has been used to treat ailments such as eczema all the way to helping relieve anxiety. When it comes to the digestive system, it is especially helpful in dispelling gas, soothing the stomach, and relaxing the muscles that move food through the intestines to relieve indigestion.
Now that you have all this information, you are probably wondering:
How am I supposed to use these herbal remedies in my everyday life?
My answer is TEA, it is the easiest way to incorporate them into your diet on a daily basis in order to really see the amazing benefits these herbs have to offer. I will list some of my favourite digestive wellness tea blends below!
5 mint leaves
1 knob of peeled and sliced ginger
1 tsp of honey
Steep in a mug with 250mL of hot water for 10 minutes, then enjoy!
OR you can purchase pre-made blends:
- Traditional Medicinals: Belly Comfort
- Yogi Tea: Stomach Ease
- Traditional Medicinals: Smooth Move