5 Herbs and Spices To Help With Digestion

When our digestive system is not running optimally, our entire lives are affected. Digestive upset can restrict our social outings, our productivity at work and our overall feeling of wellness. If you’ve tried many different things and none have worked, it can be hard to keep going. The good news is that there are several powerful and effective herbs and spices that help with digestion.

Let’s take a look at the 5 most recommended natural herbs and spices to help combat poor digestion:

  1. Peppermint

The antispasmodic nature of peppermint has made it a long-standing favorite when it comes to herbal remedies for digestion. Peppermint encourages the digestive tract muscles to relax and relieve bloating and cramps.

Peppermint is also excellent to take when feeling nauseated. It is highly effective when it comes to calming a sour stomach.

How to Use:

Peppermint is excellent steeped in hot water to make a tea. Commercially made peppermint tea bags are widely available. Peppermint can also be found in capsule form.

  1. Turmeric

Widely known for its anti-inflammatory compounds, turmeric is also an incredible spice for relieving stomach upset. It’s actually the strong anti-inflammatory effects that help bring relief to IBS sufferers.

Heartburn sufferers often find relief after daily ingestion of turmeric. The turmeric helps in the over-production of acid, bringing great relief to those suffering from indigestion.

How to Use:

Turmeric spice can be added to many dishes or taken on its own in capsule form. Some prefer to mix a teaspoon of turmeric into a mug of warm plant based milk to make a beverage known as golden milk.

  1. Cumin

Cumin contains a compound known as thymol, which helps to activate the salivary glands and increase the enzymes that are put out by the pancreas. Those looking to heal their gut often turn to cumin for its strong healing properties.

How to Use:

After every meal, chew a few cumin seeds to help with digestion. They can also be steeped and enjoyed as a tea. Don’t forget to include ground or whole cumin seeds in your dishes; it is a delicious and healing spice.

  1. Ginger Root

Ginger works by cleansing and soothing the digestive tract. It is incredibly effective in combating nausea brought on by motion sickness, morning sickness and upset stomachs as a result of anxiety.

How to Use:

Ginger teabags can be found at most supermarkets. To make fresh ginger tea, add an inch section of ginger root to 1 liter of water. After boiling and simmering for up to 10 minutes, strain and enjoy.

  1. Coriander

Coriander works well to help rid the body of gas and help decrease bloating, especially after meals. Coriander is a spasmolytic, often being used to relieve constipation.

How to Use:

One teaspoon of coriander can be boiled in water to make a belly-friendly tea. Be sure to use coriander seed (the leaves are commonly known as cilantro.)

While herbs and spices can bring great digestive relief, there are often dietary and lifestyle changes that are recommended to bring about complete gut healing. The avoidance of spicy or acidic foods, and restraining from eating too close to bed time can help to improve digestive health in addition to taking the above herbs and spices.

It is prudent to discuss any digestive issues with your physician and let them know about your interest in treating your symptoms with natural remedies. Many times herbs and spices can be just as effective; if not more so, than their pharmaceutical counterparts.

 

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