In 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.
- 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.
- 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.
* 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.