What you experience in your body has a big influence on how you feel throughout the day…and there’s nothing like constipation, indigestion, or bloating to put a damper on your mood.
Whether you’re dealing with food sensitivities or irritable bowel syndrome, there are a host of natural supplements that can aid in easing and improving digestion.
In other words–it’s time to throw those synthetic laxatives out!
From peppermint oil to lemon and ginger tea, this post will cover the options that allow you to enjoy meals without worrying about the consequences later.
Lemon and Ginger Tea
Frequently used in ayurvedic health practices, tea made with lemon and ginger is a great way to kick-start your day and digestive tract.
The tea helps get your digestive juices flowing, which enables your body to better absorb food and nutrients. Additionally, this tea has been found to reduce heartburn, regulate appetite, reduce flatulence, and decrease nausea.
Why not try it out tomorrow, first thing? Use the instructions below to brew your first cup…
- 1 tbsp. organic lemon juice (fresh is best when available!)
- 1/2 tsp. grated ginger or ¼ tsp powder
- 8-12 oz. warm water
Add the ginger and water to a pot and bring to a low boil. Remove from heat, strain, and add lemon (and honey, if desired).
Bacteria isn’t always a negative thing– you actually have both good and bad bacteria in your body. Probiotics are some of the live “good” bacteria and yeasts that work to keep your gut healthy.
Though they are naturally found in your body, you can find them in foods (such as yogurt and kefir) as well as supplements. These supplements can be used to relieve symptoms of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as increase your overall digestive health.
When buying probiotics, be sure you find strains that specifically support gut health in humans and are viable in the stomach.
Unfortunately, many over-the-counter probiotics sold at drugstores don’t achieve these goals and can generally be low-quality.
The good news is that my office carries strains of probiotics that do support healthy gut flora and are high quality brands.
If interested, feel free to call my office at 704-708-4404 to learn more and/or purchase these probiotics.
Along with ridding your body of potential parasites, the enzymes in papaya seeds help your body process foods, and normalize the acidic environment in your intestinal tract.
You can either ingest the actual seeds after eating the fruit, or purchase papaya seed supplements from a health food store.
However, bear in mind that eating the seeds directly won’t provide the sweet taste of a papaya–they have a strong flavor comparable to mustard and black peppercorns.
In addition to having a lovely scent reminiscent of the winter holidays, peppermint is another digestion miracle worker.
Ingesting the oil, capsules of the oil, or adding it to hot water to make a tea has been known to be helpful for IBS sufferers in easing indigestion, gas, bloating, and other symptoms.
Peppermint oil also helps people who suffer from regular indigestion by reducing spasms and gastric acid, and relieving pain associated with such digestive issues.
Next time you experience the agitating sensations of constipation, nausea, or bloating, think twice before reaching for synthetic laxatives and other artificial aids.
Instead, opt for the solutions that nature has provided to ease these symptoms and promote healthy digestion.
Hydration also plays a big role in a regular digestive system. Learn more about the health benefits of consuming water and ways to ensure you stay quenched throughout the day.