Top-7 “Tummy” Herbs to Improve Gut Health and Balance Your Digestion
July 10th, 2019 by Catherine Marqueses
The way how what we eat impacts how we feel can make us think that gut, not heart, is the center of our “inner” world. Sounds like a profanation, but just think. 90% of serotonin (hormone of happiness) is made in the gut, which makes our mood and self-confidence greatly depending on gut health.
Today, a lot of people suffer from digestive issues caused (apart from stress) by unhealthy eating habits such as eating too fast, overeating, stress eating, processed and fast food, washing meals down with too much drink, addiction to sweetness, etc. We tend to eat our feelings with chocolate (which is said to increase serotonin levels) and all kinds of sweets and pastries. But surprisingly not sweetness, but the bitterness is what our digestive system desperately needs. Herbs – these natural storages of bitterness – stimulate the production of bile, gastric enzymes, and saliva, whet the appetite, protect liver and gallbladder, restore the GI tract, and return us that already forgotten feeling of lightness. With fantastic accessibility (most of these herbs can be found literally under our feet) and so many recommendations about herbs available online (you also can try an easy to create a medical website to share your herbal experience and recipes), we simply couldn’t stay away of this topic. Here is our list of top seven herbs that help cope with literally any kind of discomfort around the belt.
7 Herbs that help improve digestion
Each herb has its unique purpose and works in a very special way. For example, chamomile helps calm a nervous stomach down; fennel and ginger effectively relieve gas while plantain can cope with a leaky gut issue. We hope you’ll be able to collect your own unique bouquet of herbs according to your needs.
This flower famous for its relaxing properties is true salvation for people whose digestive issues are stress-related. Chamomile helps cope with heartburn, acidity, and indigestion has a calming effect on babies suffering from colic and miraculously speeds up healing of ulcer thanks to its anti-irritation substance called bisabolol.
Known for its fantastic anti-colic effect on little tummies, fennel is helpful for adult tummies as well as helping tame bloating, soothe aches, relieve diarrhea and heartburn, enhance appetite and digestion. It aswell does miracles with bool sugar levels and helps get rid of sugar cravings. Isn’t it a sensation for those looking for a healthy alternative to traditional American diet packed with fats and sugar?
This bitter super herb has been a favorite panacea of folk healers for ages when it came to the liver or digestive issues. Today, this herb (its leaves particularly) is famous for its outstanding well-researched diuretic properties. Unlike other diuretics, dandelion doesn’t wash out potassium so it doesn’t harm. Roasted dandelion roots (aka dandelion coffee) are used to prepare a perfect toning and detoxifying drink for liver health.
Known as a vessels brush, ginger is helpful not only for the circulatory system. The herb was used by ancient Greeks to normalize digestion thanks to its anti-emetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Drink a warming ginger tea and add ginger to dishes if you suffer from nausea (invaluable for pregnant women and travelers), stomach cramps, or bloating.
Another bitter herb and a liver protector, which has been used for healing liver disorders for centuries, is especially valuable today when our livers have to deal with great amounts of fried and fatty foods, alcohol, and continuous stress. Milk thistle strengthens the liver and improves the flow of bile to help the liver effectively detoxify our body.
We love peppermint as a relaxing tea and in desserts, but a few people know this herb is a proven panacea when it comes to indigestion, flatulence, colic, stomach ache, and digestive sluggishness. Peppermint improves bile flow, relaxes the muscles of the GI tract, and – thanks to its volatile oils – eases spasms, cramps and bloating in case of the irritated bowel syndrome.
Don’t be deceived by this amazing herb’s “weed” behavior. You’ll be surprised to find out about its superb gut-healing properties. Plantain has anti-irritation and anti-inflammation effect on bowels and stomach when dealing with infections, diarrhea, colitis, and gastritis. It also heals wounds and restores damaged mucosa – so kind of this “weed” plant.