Digestive Health : Herbal Help With Bloating & Gas
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Hippocrates 431 B.C.
Poor digestion, gas and bloating affect us all, and there are plenty of good herbal home remedies that help occasional heartburn. However, a poor functioning digestive system as a chronic condition is more serious and needs a holistic approach that concentrates on causes, not symptoms. Mainstream medicines concentrate on reducing stomach acid - which relieves the symptoms of heartburn and gas, but also interferes with the digestive process, not allowing the food we eat to be converted into energy the body can use. Proton pump inhibitors are one of the mostly widely used class of drugs in the country and are cash cows for the drug companies. New studies show they have far more side effects that previously thought.
The first herbs of choice for any digestive woes are chamomile and mint teas. Chamomile reduces inflammation, relieves spasm, and gives quick relief
to gas and bloating. Herbs in the mint family including peppermint, spearmint, basil, and bee balm are
the best choice to relieve nausea or vomiting and support the gall bladder.
Lemon balm like chamomile is soothing to nervous stomach disorders.
Aromatic Seeds and Spices
Herbs that help to dispel gas and prevent bloating are called carminatives. Most of these are closely related members of Apiaceae family.
These aromatic seeds and spices help speed digestion and add flavor and enjoyment to our food.
The effects of poor digestion go far beyond a stomachache. There are a host of related gastro-intestinal conditions that can be addressed with herbs and nutritional foods:
What you may not expect is how many other root causes of ill health begin
with what we eat and how well we convert that food into fuel for the body.
A poorly functioning metabolism is the root cause of disease - and the first
step in the healing process of many conditions including
but not limited to:
Whatever herbal remedy you are browsing this website to find, I hope that you start here at the digestive system, the first step on the way to wellness.
Use these digestive stimulants in the cooking to boost your metabolism and
turn food into energy instead of storing it as fat. Add garlic onions,
shallots, leeks, scallions, and chives to improve the digestibility of meats
and other heavy foods. Lemongrass, savory,
and sage are well known culinary
herbs that add flavor as well as preventing indigestion. Cayenne,
along with other peppers strengthen digestion and lessen the gas and bloating
that comes from eating heavy, greasy foods. Fatty foods like pork are digested
more thoroughly when mustard is
A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of antacids
Bitter herbs are unrivaled stomach tonics and are mostly missing from todays diet. They improve the appetite, promoting digestive juices and the flow of bile. By stimulating bile flow, bitters improve fat digestion and prevent waste accumulation in the liver.
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which digests food by breaking down protein. Only modest quantities of bromelain are in the edible parts of the fruit, all commercially all commercially available bromelain is derived from the stem. Papaya (Pawpaw) fruit is valued for its proteolytic enzymes including papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple.
See Also :
- Cholesterol : High cholesterol is directly linked to diet and lifestyle and as such,
using herbs as medicinal foods should be a first line defense and treatment.
- Constipation :Drinking herbal teas containing gentle laxatives remedies such as dandelion, chicory and chickweed help
to keep you regular and prevent constipation.
- Cramps/abdominal :Many of the same herbal remedies can be used for dysmenorrhea (painful periods),
abdominal pain and stomach cramps
- Culinary/Kitchen :You already have a powerful natural home health remedies in your kitchen. Culinary
herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme not only add taste to foods, they make the
food you eat better for you.
- Detoxification :Regular use of depurative herbs will help detox your body and most importantly support your liver. Poor liver function is one of the most common root causes of poor health.
- Diabetes :Healthy herbs in the kitchen work along with a healthy lifestyle to help prevent
and manage diabetes. Baked goods are more diabetic friendly with spices like
cinnamon used to lessen the need for sugar.
- Diarrhea : Occasional bouts of diarrhea can be safely treated with home remedies, which
are often more effective than store bought ones.
- Diet/weight Loss :Herbal remedies for weight loss are one of the most popular uses for herbs
and also the most misused and misunderstood.
- Gastritis/ulcer :Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining.
- Gout :Gout, one of the most painful forms of arthritis, is found primarily in men. While we can't cure it, we do have several highly effective herbal treatments to control it.
- IBS :Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), is a debilitating disorder of the intestines
that comes with abdominal pain, cramps,gas and bloating, and irregular bowel
- Liver :A healthy liver is the foundation of health, and inversely, a failing liver is
- Nutrition :The line between food and medicine is an artificial one. Debilitating, preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease and directly related to our diet and
it is no coincidence that so many healing herbs and plants are also foods,