Supporting herbs and foods for your stomach

Tummy teaIn my studies this week I have been looking into the stomach and looking at the function and what can go wrong in the stomach. I have found that what we consume can disrupt the delicate balance in our stomach, and can result in digestive issues. Here are a selection of herbs and foods than can help restore and support your stomach.

Supporting Herbs

  • Demulcent teas (Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Mullein Leaf) are mucilages that create a slime that soothes the gut, and keeps the stool moist for easier passage.
  • Ginger helps sooth and aid digestion, increasing peristalsis and the secretion of digestive juices.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root (DGL) helps protect the stomach lining, and helps with reflux.
  • Turmeric reduces inflammation and can help prevent and sooth ulcers, gastritis and IBS.
  • Carminative herbs (Fennel, Cardamom, Dill, Cumin, Caraway) warm up the digestive tract making digestion more efficient and reducing gas.
  • Bitters (Gentian, Barberry Root, Dandelion) aid digestion and reduce bloating.
  • Aloe Vera juice is packed with nutrients, which heal damaged intestinal tissue.
  • Mastic gum kills H Pylori and helps stomach ulcers.
  • Cabbage juice contains S-Methylmethionine helping heal gastrointestinal ulcerations.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar helps reduce indigestion, heartburn and reflux. Antacids/medical treatments in fact do not solve the problem; they will mask it and reduce vitamin B12 absorption.

Supporting Foods

  • Fermented and cultured foods like Sauerkraut and Kefir, build up good bacteria and enzymes.
  • Ground Flaxseeds fibre absorbs moisture and helps the transit of stools.
  • Vegetables provide key nourishment and fibre.
  • Particularly helpful are foods high in:
    • Omega-3 fatty acids, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Nuts and Seeds to help fight inflammation.
    • Zinc, is needed to make hydrochloric acid. Food sources include: Yoghurt, Peanuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Beans and Legumes, Wholegrain, Meat and Fish.
    • L Glutamine, helps heal GI lining, you can take supplements or food sources include: Meat, Dairy, Parsley, Spinach and Beans.

General tips:
* Consider your food combining, especially fruit, as it is alkaline forming so best to avoid with protein.
* Drink lots of liquid, avoid caffeine and alcohol.
* Have smaller meals, eat slowly and chew your food well.

 

References
– Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J. (2014). Foundations of Nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Bauman College.”
Herbwisdom.com,. (2015). Aloe Vera Benefits & Information (Aloe Barbadensis)
Mother Earth Living,. (2015). 30 Digestive Herbs
NaturalNews,. (2015). Try these natural foods and herbs for treating upset stomach, ulcers.  

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