Healthy digestion is critical for overall wellness – to nourish the body, provide energy, support immune function and impact overall mood. Symptoms of a problematic digestive system include: bloating, indigestion and irregular bowel movements. According to Ayurveda, your ability to digest what you consume is fundamental to your wellbeing. This is why more people are going in search of the best supplements for digestion and bloating. One easy way to improve your digestion is to include herbs and spices in your daily diet. Taken regularly, they will not only benefit your meal with flavour, but can also support digestive function in numerous ways. Let’s learn more about three herbs for better digestion.
The chemical compounds in Ginger contain healing properties that have been used in traditional remedies for thousands of years. Its antiseptic properties are able to deter infection in the gastrointestinal tract. Research studies have found that it can decrease the chance of muscle spasms and soothe an upset stomach and colic. Traditionally, Ginger has been used as a natural remedy against nausea and vomiting. In fact, many consider it to be as effective as pharmacy medication and without any side effects.
Optimal digestion requires heat and increased blood flow to the digestive tract. Known for its warming characteristics in Ayurveda, Ginger is able to create a warm environment that is better for digestion and nutrient absorption. In addition, the pungent flavour of Ginger signals the release of gastric secretions to begin digestion. These digestive secretions are important to breakdown food, provide mucus to protect the stomach and intestinal lining, and increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Read more about the importance of flavour according to Ayurveda here.
2. CEYLON CINNAMON
Containing a host of powerful antioxidants, Ceylon Cinnamon is believed to lower inflammation in the digestive system, thereby improving its overall efficiency. It is also an antimicrobial agent, therefore supporting the prevention of infections in the gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, Ceylon Cinnamon has what is described as a demulcent quality. This means that it can help coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane. These natural, moistening secretions have a relaxing effect and therefore can pacify stomach disorders. Furthermore, the distinct aromatic flavour of Ceylon Cinnamon can help to stimulate the digestive tract to get to work, aiding better digestion.
People experience stress in different ways and for many, this stress can negatively impact their digestive systems. For instance, over 30% of people experience uncomfortable bloating after meals. Therefore, it makes sense to address these concerns with herbs that are mild and naturally relaxing. Chamomile has been used since ancient times to induce physical and mental wellbeing. As a carminative herb, it has been found to ease discomfort caused by acid reflux, bloating, gastritis and gas. Chamomile has the active botanical compound bisabolol in its essential oil, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In recent years, this compound has been isolated and used in a variety of skin and body care products such as moisturisers and cosmetics.
NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR DIGESTION & BLOATING
You can find these three herbs for better digestion in our DIGESTIVE JADES Ayurvedic supplement powder. Ginger, Ceylon Cinnamon, Chamomile, Lemongrass and Curry Leaf are identified and harnessed for their therapeutic benefits. By adding a teaspoon of DIGESTIVE JADES daily in warm water and drinking after meals, you can better support your digestive health. DIGESTIVE JADES is uniquely formulated to help support the digestive system and nutrient absorption. Its fragrant and floral flavour makes it easy to enjoy everyday, even in smoothies and salad dressings.
We use only certified organic botanical ingredients for our BOTANISTRY Blend powders – all ethically sourced and independently tested. The vegan-friendly Blends are 100% natural, without any preservatives, additives or sweeteners.
Along with all-natural supplements for digestion, here are five other habits to support a healthy routine for digestive health:
- Chewing food properly to physically breakdown food and start the chemical breakdown of carbohydrates in the mouth.
- Adding fibre to your diet to improve your gut microbiome, and eliminate waste and toxins.
- Making time for regular movement to help increase your metabolism and control blood sugar levels.
- Staying hydrated throughout your day to aid absorption of nutrients, support tissues and prevent constipation.
- Paying attention to your body’s own rhythm and any stresses which can cause digestive issues.