The digestive system is important to our overall health. When the digestive system is not functioning well, it can have an effect on the other organs and body systems like the nervous system and immune system. Stress and emotional upset affects the digestive system. Did you know that ninety percent of serotonin is made in the gut? Serotonin plays an important role in regulating mood, it is known as the happy chemical. When you eat a healthy diet and good bacteria the body will be able to produce more serotonin. There are many other factors that affect our digestive health such as careless eating habits, lack of sleep, weight, alcohol, to name a few. So it is essential to our health and well being to keep our digestive system in good working order.
Tips to improve digestion
Eat a healthy diet; include lots of fresh vegetables, like leafy greens, fruits. Do not over eat.
Practice mindful eating by avoiding distractions like watching TV or reading while eating. Focus on the process and moment.
Try to eat your last meal four hours before bed. Eating late at night, or just before bed affects the digestive process and sleep.
Drink enough water
Get plenty of sunshine and exercise
Some of these herbs can be used together. Herbs can be infused to make a tea or add to cooking etc.
Fennel: A gentle stimulant, for bloating, gas, pains and colic issues.
Ginger: Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. Used to relieve symptoms of nausea, vomiting, Irritable bowel, vomiting, flatulence, colic, gastrointestinal infections
Slippery Elm: Protective coating to the digestive tract. Relieves acidity, Acid reflux, gastritis, gastroenteritis.
Marshmallow: Soothes inflammation of the digestive tract.
Liquorice: Soothing and mildly laxative. Great for acidity
Turmeric: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-microbial
Cinnamon: Warming, stimulant, circulation, antiviral. Reduces blood sugar.
Peppermint: antispasmodic, antimicrobial, nausea, vomiting. Avoid using if you have acid reflux or acidity issues.
Chamomile: Gentle herb, calming. Great for spasms
TEA FOR DIGESTION
*improves digestion *anti-inflammatory *aids assimilation of food
This tea is very soothing to your digestive system. It is very beneficial for bloating and acidity; it will also regulate the bowels.
1 tsp chamomile flowers
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp meadowsweet
1 tsp marshmallow root
1 tsp yarrow
Place all herbs into teapot. Add 16oz boiling water to teapot, allow to infuse for about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy 🙂