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10 Natural Herbs That Improve Digestion.
When most people think of the term digestion, they assume it has to do with what goes on in the stomach- and that’s the end.
While this belief isn’t wrong per se, as we are taught this in high school, a more complete picture of digestion entails what happens to the food from the time we eat it, to when it’s excreted.
As such, efficient digestion promotes the maximum uptake of nutrients, so what we have left is basically just plain ole’ poop.
So What Can You Do If You Suspect Something Is Amiss With Your Digestion?
Luckily, nature gifted us many effective remedies to successfully combat digestive issues- whether it be relating to poor absorption, reflux disease or constipation- there is something for everyone.
Long been used in Asia, more specifically Indian regions, Turmeric has been shown to decrease the incidence of peptic ulcer disease. Turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. This effect significantly reduces the chance of ulceration occurring in the stomach, typically from an inflamed region exposed to strong gastric acid.
Used frequently as a spice for flavor, cinnamon is also effective in treating gas and associated bloating. Cinnamon has also traditionally been used as treatment for upset stomach, and to stimulate appetite.
3. Aloe Vera.
The uses of aloe Vera for digestive health is unmatched by any other herb. Aloe Vera contains tons of amino acids, vitamins and enzymes, which help to speed up digestion and fecal transit. Aloe Vera also boosts immunity and, is a natural anti-fungal and antibiotic, and is useful in management of inflamed intestines and the colon. Taking aloe in gel form is the most popular method of use.
An essential component of the spice Garam Masala, it is frequently used in Indian dishes, especially curry. Cardamom can be used to stimulate appetite, reduce bloating, and treat heartburn and constipation, making it a very versatile herb.
5. Chia Seeds.
As if there was nothing more this superfood could accomplish, chia seeds help promote normal intestinal transit of food as well as exerting anti-inflammatory effects in the intestinal tract.
6. Slippery Elm Bark.
A Native American remedy used for centuries, it becomes a very thick, viscous gel when combined with water. It is especially efficient at soothing irritated segments of the digestive tract, because very useful in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
A popular ingredient in many herbal remedies to treat gas and indigestion. In fact, a study conducted in 2011 demonstrated that peppermint is effective in managing pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome, since it has the ability to regulate pain pathways in the intestine. It however, will not help to reduce gastric reflux
Ginger promotes complete digestion and subsequent absorption of foods, as well as being useful in the treatment of nausea and indigestion. Ginger also helps relieve the pain from intestinal colic, by slowing down the frequency or intensity of spasms.
Dandelion, one of the most widely used bitter herbs can decrease the likelihood of experiencing indigestion since it speeds up gastric motility, or the movement of food from the stomach into the intestines. Dandelion also helps in the absorption fat, since it stimulates the production of bile.
10. Burdock Root.
This is a useful herbal preparation especially for people that struggle with sluggish digestion, or reduced stomach acid production. Burdock root helps with digestion by stimulating the production of more gastric acid- but caution needs to be followed, as it is not for everyone. If you have a history of gastric reflux or irritable bowel syndrome, Burdock Root can exacerbate them.
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