6 Herbs For A Healthy Gut
What is gut health and why is it important?
Did you know that a healthy gut is key to our overall health? ‘Gut health’ refers to the balance of the microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. These are responsible for absorbing nutrients, regulating bile and vitamin levels, and supporting the immune system. An unhealthy gut can cause chronic diseases such as diabetes, increased cholesterol levels, obesity, and depression.
How to keep your gut healthy?
Since our gut plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of our system, it is important to keep it healthy. Here are some of the healthy habits that favour your gut health:
- Stay hydrated – The colon cleansing and detoxifying properties of water are beneficial for gut health. It also keeps our good bacteria balanced.
- Eat slowly – Take time to chew your food for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.
- Eat healthy food – Include fermented food, prebiotics and probiotics, fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fibre-rich food in your diet. Learn more about what to eat for a healthy gut.
- Reduce stress – Stress is not only bad for mental health but also physical health. An unhealthy gut contributes to anxiety and indigestion. Stress can trigger and worsen gastrointestinal pain and other symptoms, and vice versa.
Some herbs can help in improving your gut health naturally. Making these a part of your diet will help you keep all your gut-related problems at bay:
Chamomile is a super herb. From soothing pain to relieving stress and anxiety and treating digestive issues, it is a go-to herb for many health problems. Chamomile aids in indigestion, heartburn, acidity and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Calendula is another all-purpose herb that helps in relieving digestive issues. Calendula has healing properties and this is the reason it soothes internal wounds and issues like ulcers, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. It repairs the gut wall and thus improves digestion.
Who doesn’t like the aroma and taste of peppermint? It’s so refreshing! Well, this herb offers more than just aroma and taste. The menthol present in peppermint helps in soothing an upset stomach and relieves indigestion.
When talking about natural remedies, one can’t leave the ginger out! It is loaded with numerous health benefits and works like magic for your gut. Ginger is a popular remedy for stomach related problems. Ginger hurries the movement of food through the intestine so it does not sit and ferment, causing bloating and pain.
Drinking fennel tea or munching fennel seeds or saunf after a meal is very beneficial. Fennel is loaded with fibre and we all know how good fibre is for our bodies. It acts as a prebiotic and keeps bowels moving regularly! It also curbs the cravings for munchies and prevents us from binging.
The oils present in this fragrant herb are known to be beneficial for the digestive tract. Rosemary can soothe heartburn and an upset stomach and ease intestinal gas and bloating. Rosemary can be used to add flavour and aroma to pasta, bakes, stir-frys, salad dressings, teas and much more.
These herbs will surely solve many gut-related issues. These can be used in versatile ways – in cooking, in teas and so on.
*It is advisable to check with your doctor before using these herbs, especially if suffering from any stomach-related acute or chronic ailments.
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