How to improve your digestion through food and herbal remedies. Most digestion problems stem from too much stress on the digestive system causing discomfort. Digestion requires calmness and digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown of food to help us properly absorb nutrients in the small intestine.
Food and herbal remedies have been used for 1000s of years aiding and supporting healthy digestion. The body is beautiful and simply wants the proper nutrients, flavors and thermal energetic to give us a great life!
Digestion issues 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.
Our digestion physically keeps us fueled, nourished, and in part cleansed through the gallbladder, which helps eliminate toxins through our bowel movements, thus cleansing our colon. Our gallbladder is needed to secrete the bile that helps us digest our fats therefore using bitters such as dandelion root aids in fat metabolism. Bitter flavors also aid in Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) production necessary for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Metabolism is the breakdown and assimilation of nutrients from the food we eat.
Catabolism fuels Anabolism
All food and plants have more than one flavor, but there is always a predominate flavor and they are either cold, cool, neutral, warm, hot or very hot.
Pungent foods and herbs strengthen the spleen, part of digestion and the immune system.
Here is a list of some bitter herbs:
fenugreek, orange and lemon peel, chamomile, dandelion greens and
root, burdock root, turmeric root, Oregon grape root, barberry root, milk thistle seed,
cascara sagrada, sage, and aloe vera...
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
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
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
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
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.