Stomach problems are not usually a topic of regular conversation.
But it is a very important subject to resolve, so it does need to be talked about. Much disease starts with long term digestive issues.
The elimination system carries away all the waste of your cells and toxins, to which you are being exposed to daily. These digestive herbs are natural remedies that can put your gut back into balance.
Let’s get the embarrassment out of the way, many of us have some of the same issues but are just afraid to talk about it.
There are several types of herbs that have specific jobs to help our body with digestion, there are many available, but we will focus on a few here.
The Digestive System and Herbs to Help
- Digestive juices in the stomach need compounds like betaine- HCL, pancreatic enzymes and bile to work properly, alas, many of us are in short supply and then have poor digestion.
Traditional herbalists recommend bitter herbs to decrease appetite and improves digestive secretions, reducing gas, bloating and indigestion. These include gentian, and foods, such as, dandelion, fennel and arugula.
- Carminative herbs are warming, and speed up digestion, helping with gas. Some spices stimulate liver and release of bile from the gallbladder which help in fat breakdown; such as fennel, cardamom, lemon balm, cumin and angelica. You need contraction of intestines to keep your digestion working and flow of digested food to be eliminated. You know your digestive tract is 30 feet long and it takes one meal 90 minutes to 5 hours to empty out of the body.
- Factors for efficient elimination is good peristalsis or movement, fiber and moisture. Senna, cascara and aloe help with the movement; to be used short term only. Fiber is plant food, flaxseed, chai, psyllium and oat bran. For proper moisture it is critical for mucilage or a healing slime, produced by slippery elm, marshmallow root or licorice to help slide along the elimination route.
- To Help resolve irritations that could cause inflammation or gut pain and discomfort use ginger, fennel, chamomile, peppermint and lemon verbena.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.