Herbs to Benefit Gut Health

Last week I discussed the awesome and amazing 4R Program to gut health. We learned about removing toxins and allergens, replacing our stomach acid with beneficial enzymes, reinoculating the gut with probiotic rich foods, and repairing our gut lining with supplements and herbs. So this week I chose to share some gut healing herbs with you!

Calendula - One of my personal favorites for many reasons. However, for the purpose of this post we will focus on the benefits calendula provides for the gut! Calendula can improve digestion and absorption, reduce inflammation in the gut wall, detoxify the body from pathogens, help fight amoebic infections and worms and help to heal pelvic and bowel infections. It’s very diverse, gentle, and effective for clearing the gut and helping to heal your damaged gut wall!

Chamomile - It’s no secret that chamomile can calm the nerves and help us relax. That’s why it’s great at soothing stress-related digestive troubles! It’s also known for aiding in indigestion, reducing heartburn and acidity, helping babies through colic, and resolving infections such as gastroenteritis.

Fennel - Fennel is a wonder herb when it comes to tummy mischief. It’s most commonly known for soothing tummy aches but it sure does more than that! Fennel has the ability to give us energy by enhancing appetite, digestion, and absorption. It can help the human body break down and digest fatty foods too! Not only that, but it has the power to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce sugar cravings.

Ginger - Known for it’s tummy soothing abilities and it’s anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is a great herb to talk about when discussing gut health. It’s a warming digestive stimulant which helps to improve both digestion and appetite. Ginger also removes buildup of toxins which can enhance our immunity and prevent any further inflammation from occurring. It helps to relieve indigestion, gas, nausea, IBS, and food allergies. Ginger can also help pregnant mamas who are experiencing morning sickness...and for all you party animals out there--It’s great for relieving hangovers!

Marshmallow Root- Marshmallow root is great because of it's mucilage constituent. A mucilage is a gel-like substance that attracts water to then form a viscous fluid. This helps to coat and soothe the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. That's what makes it great for fighting against heartburn, IBS, and constipation due to dryness. Marshmallow root also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppermint - Peppermint is a classic when it comes to soothing herbs. It’s refreshing taste and digestive qualities make it an all-time favorite when it comes to tummy troubles! Being an antispasmodic, peppermint helps relieve pain and spasm in stomach aches, colic, indigestion, constipation, and IBS. It eases gassiness, and bloating. It’s also been known to enhance appetite and digestion.

Turmeric - Turmeric is amazing when it comes to healing funky gut. Not only does it aid in the basic stomach functions of digestion, absorption and metabolism but it also does some more complex work! Turmeric actually can regulate intestinal flora which makes it great for maintaining gut health. For this reason, it’s been used to help the gut recover after taking antibiotics. Turmeric also soothes gut mucosa which can help protect the gut during stressful times or when we are experiencing excessive acidity. It also has the ability to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics! It’s quite an amazing herb!!

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