Most digestion problems stem from too much stress on the digestive system. Digestion requires calmness and digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown of food to help us properly absorb nutrients in the small intestine. Having a quiet mind and feeling calm is one of the best ways to support healthy digestion.
Enzymes are necessary for every chemical action and reaction in the body. Our organs, tissues, and cells are all run on metabolic enzymes. Minerals, vitamins, and hormones need enzymes to be present so they can properly do their job. In 1966, a Scottish medical journal proclaimed, “Each of us, as with all living organisms, could be regarded as an orderly, integrated succession of enzyme reactions”.
There are two categories of enzymes:
Digestion herbs help aid in digestion problems and help those who are suffering from:
Supports digestion and helps those with digestive issues such as:
Digestion problems can be a symptom of too much
stress; from life, food choices, depletion of nutrient reserves and/or
environmental toxins. Too much stress can cause all kinds of health conditions such as irritable
bowels, inflamed bowels, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, chronic
fatigue — and these are
just some symptoms of stress on the digestive system.
Allergies, asthma, lupus, chemical sensitivities and many other immune system conditions can stem from digestion problems; without healthy digestion our immune system cannot function optimally!
If you are suffering from brain fog and moodiness it could be due to weak digestion, because the brain requires healthy digestion for the assimilation of proteins and fats. The brain requires a lot of fat for optimal performance and without healthy digestion we can have difficulty with digestion of fats and proteins. According to Nora Gedagauda who wrote Primal Body-Primal Mind the brain is made up of more than 50% fat —up to 70-80% of dry weight. In fact, the body’s highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are in the brain.
Healing digestion problems
Since childhood I had suffered from digestive problems producing IBS, constipation, lots of fatigue, seasonal allergies, and asthma, and this is why I began learning about my health. When I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1992 it taught me how to help myself become stronger; the first thing I needed to do was heal my digestive system and cleanse my liver.
I became a holistic nutritionist, herbalist and bodywork therapist because I found food, herbs and balancing stress does matter. I founded both Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions (2003), which I sold in 2009, and Way of Life Matters (2009-present) because I know the way we live our life does affect our digestive, immune and hormonal systems and our mental/emotional health.
While I owned Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions, I, with the help of others, made formulas from the many bulk herbs we had. One of those formulas was a blend of herbs for digestion to sooth, aid and heal, allowing the digestive system to become stronger.
My Liver /Skin/Candida Free formula also aids in digestion of fats and proteins because bitter flavor foods and herbs help the stomach lining secrete hydrochloric acid (HCL) which is essential for the absorption of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Taking a good herbal blend such as my Digestion Blend along with a Digestion Healing Diet can help you live a life without discomfort - it did for me.
It took almost two years for my digestive system to recover from:
For two years I had to make sure my food was easily assimilated and would not cause:
Some of us will always have to keep on top of our health; I am one of those people who will continuously have to be aware of how I treat my body so I do not suffer from digestion problems. I am thankful for those who have taught me and I am grateful for taking the time to learn about my health; feeling awful and on medication was not the way for me to live a full, energetic, happy life.
Now I listen to my body and
check in with myself for
guidance so I can keep my balance in life.
My symptoms of stress:
I know when there is too much stress in my life; my knee, due to my knee injury, becomes weak, and according to TCM the liver governs the ligaments. I also know when I am under too much stress when my vision becomes blurry; the liver also governs the eyes and the thyroid gland.
If I begin to feel fatigue from too much stress, I increase my adaptogens and Vitamin B rich foods and super foods. I like to take a larger dose of Super Green Energy Blend to ensure I am receiving all I need for true energy. I also take desiccated liver for my blood; it has done wonders in my overall energy levels. Most of all I move more slowly, allowing myself to rest and recover.
Peppermint Leaf mentha piperita Part Used: leaf Taste: pungent/bitter Energetic: cool Effective Form: *infusion, oil, tincture Properties: diaphoretic, aromatic, carminative, calmative, mild alterative, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, Medicinal use: Upper respiratory. Digestion; specific in colon cleansing. Very good for Crohn's disease, Irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis. Helps with gas, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. A nervine for migraine headaches, anxiety and tension in the upper neck and shoulders. Body odor and bad breath; toner, mints, oil
Fennel: faeniculum vulgare Part Used: seed Taste: pungent/sweet Energetic:
warm Effective form/Preparation: extract, oil, decoction, tea Properties: carminative,
expectorant, anti-inflammatory Medicinal Use: Helps relieve gas. Assists
and improves digestion. Helps with bladder or prostate infections. Used as a
tea for eye washes to relieve conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids.
Relieves pain and expels mucous. Aromatherapy: antiseptic,
antispasmodic, detoxifier, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum – Part used: seed Taste: Bitter Energetic: Warm Effective form/Preparation: whole seed infusion, capsule, tincture, tea, poultice, sprouts, paste, gruel, milk Properties: calmative, nutritive, stimulant demulcent, alterative, expectorant, antipyretic, regulative Medicinal Use: Indigestion, mucus, tuberculosis, anemia, convalescence, promotes lactation and hair growth, regulates blood sugar balance, low back pain
Orange Peel citrus aurantium Part Used: peel Taste: bitter Energetic: cool Effective form/Preparation: decoction, extract, oil, tea, Properties: astringent, carminative, expectorant, rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids Medicinal Use: Abdominal pain with bloating. Indigestion and gas. Aromatherapy: anti-depressant, antispasmodic, lymph stimulator, mildly sedative *stomachic
Licorice root glycyrrhiza glabra; leguminosae Part Used: root Taste: sweet Energetic: neutral Effective form/Preparation: pills, tea, tincture, decoction Properties: energy tonic, expectorant, alterative, demulcent, laxative, mild sedative, rejuvenative. Medicinal Use: cough, sore throat, colds, flus, bronchitis, ulcers, low energy, laryngitis, general debility, poor digestion, spasms, thirst, stress, spasms, intoxication, toxicity
Spearmint Leaf menthe virides Part Used: leaf Taste: pungent/bitter Energetic: warm Effective Form: infusion, oil, tincture Properties: diaphoretic, aromatic, carminative, calmative, mild alterative, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, Medicinal use: Upper respiratory. Digestion; specific in colon cleansing. Very good for Crohn's disease, Irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis. Helps with gas, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. A nervine for migraine headaches, anxiety and tension in the upper neck and shoulders. Body odor and bad breath; toner, mints, oil
Turmeric Root: Curcumae longa or c. aromatic; Zingiberaceae – In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Jiang Huang, Pian Jiang Hugan Part Used: rhizome Taste: bitter/pungent Energetic: warm (rhizome) Preparation/Effective Form: decoction, extract, powdered, whole root Properties: alterative analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, emmenagogue stimulant, vulnerary Primary Use: Liver, digestion, spleen, musculoskeletal system. Turmeric is one of those herbs which can be used internally for liver and digestive stress and externally for tumors, joint pain and more.
Great Chinese remedies for helping to heal and strengthen digestion problems. Remedies to help stop pain and other digestive discomfort. I have used them all but prefer the professional curing pills or Plum Flower which you can pick up at the health food store.
One supplement that I used to heal my gut was Metagenics Ultra Clear Plus. This product is amazing and since my gut has healed I no longer need to take it unless I have a setback. This can happen when there is more than I can handle, such as moving, family health issues or death, fire behind our house in the mountains – over-whelming situations can’t always be balanced at the time but there are many ways to address imbalances later.