There is no doubt that many of the ailments and diseases that inhabit the body are a product of bad choices and a sluggish or unbalanced digestive system. Your digestion can be the catalyst to issues in the body and can also be a last line of defense if the digestion is working at optimum levels. In our last article, we examined the relationship between the digestion and varicose veins. There are so many issues that lay within the digestive system such as;
- Crohns Disease
- Diverticular Disease
- Colon Issues
There are a multitude of ailments that stem from the digestive system, therefore, it would be understood that if you had an optimum and working digestion – your health would be in far better shape and you would find that all of your bodies systems will work in harmony to harness the power of good nutrition and expel that which does not belong in your system. For that reason, it is important to keep your digestion in tip top shape.
You many have a sluggish digestion and feel bloated, constipated or just drained and tired. The normal route is to visit your physician, be put through an inordinate amount of tests, with the hope they find something to line their pockets and you are put on a regime of chemically enhanced medicines.
Mother nature provides all that you need to be able to beat this and this is from experience gained over thousands of years. Let’s face it, where do the big pharma companies get their root drugs from – mother nature, then they play with her delicate balance and create hybrid chemicals that do so well with one thing and create another.
Mother Natures Digestive Remedies
Let’s look at the natural digestive remedies that mother nature gives us in abundance. These are all readily available, some more than others, and what you can’t find in shops, you will get online. Remedies include natural herbs, teas, and concoctions that have been developed over the years by trial and error of those indigenous people that existed before us.
Aloe Vera is one of the top natural digestive remedies as it helps to heal the digestive tract as well as provide a gentle laxative effect to help the natural expulsion of waste material. Some important aspect of Aloe Vera to know is that not all Aloe is the same and like anything out in the marketplace, you can buy good and bad. However, there are a few brands that we would recommend and these have been used by our own team on a regular basis. If you can get over the taste of Aloe, then you will find amazing benefits not only in the digestive tract but also in the joints and other parts of the body as Aloe Vera acts as a great anti-Inflammatory too. This truly is one super, natural digestive remedy.
Ginger, a tropical herb not easily grown in the average garden, is also a good digestive aid and is number one when it comes to thwarting nausea. Numerous clinical trials support this use of ginger. Ginger can also be taken in its raw form as well as by capsule form, for ease of use. One of the favorite and perhaps best ways to take ginger that we feel has soothing benefits is to take as a tea. The tea can be prepared along with other effective natural herbs or fruits like lemon or peppermint.
Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and these organisms help to break down harmful bacteria and increase the good flora within the digestive system.
The digestive tract maintains a balance between healthy and potentially harmful micro-organisms. Healthy micro-organisms, also called microflora, are residents of the digestive tract that have a protective role in our bodies. There are over 400 species of microorganisms in the human digestive tract, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These organisms work tirelessly to keep the digestions and supporting systems working at optimum health.
Again there are natural probiotics that you can get from foods and there are probiotics in the marketplace that help keep your digestion in balance. It is said that most western diets do not have enough natural probiotics in their system.
Dandelion is a bitter herb but has amazing health benefits not including the ability to help treat cancerous conditions. It is an amazing cleanser for the liver and the digestion. We prefer to take a dandelion tea preparation, but these are also available in capsules if you can’t stand taking the teas.
Many people underestimate the benefits of bromelain, which is a natural digestive enzyme that is derived from the pineapple. Bromelain has the ability to soothe the digestive system whilst reducing inflammation throughout the body – especially joints.
Another herb used to treat common digestive disorders is turmeric (Curcuma longa). The active component in turmeric is curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric its yellow color. Turmeric frequently is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to aid digestion and liver function, along with a host of other nondigestive ailments.7 The World Health Organization supports the use of curcumin to treat acid reflux, flatulence, or atonic dyspepsia.8
Research has shown that turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, which may explain its effectiveness in preventing relapses of ulcerative colitis. In one randomized controlled trial, fewer patients experienced relapse when taking turmeric with conventional treatment.9 However, there was no difference between the groups after one year. Researchers are in the process of examining ways to overcome turmeric’s reduced bioavailability after consumption.10
Like the researchers in the study, Scarlata recommends taking 2 g of turmeric to treat ulcerative colitis. “I encourage my clients to use turmeric for its potential anti-inflammation and GI-calming impact in their recipes. Widely used in Indian cuisine, turmeric adds a bright yellow color and a nice earthy taste to rice dishes, soups, and stews,” she says.
But while turmeric may be an effective treatment for some, it may not be safe for everyone. For example, turmeric may worsen gallbladder issues; it may cause stomach upset and exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in some people.
Manuka Honey is one of those superfoods that has so many medicinal properties and is responsible for amazing healings of everything from cuts, cancers or even staph infections. It is a sweet honey made naturally from the manuka plant and the bees that use the manuka pollen. It has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ability as well as anti fungal and stomach healing. This truly is an amazing honey and to get the benefits of real manuka, you should be looking for a UMF “Unique Manuka Factor” of around 12 and upwards.
According to Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., CEO of Comvita, New Zealand’s largest supplier of medical manuka honey, UMF is a concentration of unique antioxidant phenols present in manuka honey that directly inhibits bacterial growth and promotes healing. And unlike synthetic antibiotics, UMF does not promote the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which makes it highly effective at treating wounds, burns, and other skin problems that would otherwise be prone to serious infection.
Manuka honey is also rich in a unique enzyme known as glucose oxidase that produces natural hydrogen peroxide, a proven antiseptic with its own unique antibacterial properties. All honey contains some level of glucose oxidase, but manuka varieties that are high in UMF are uniquely powerful at preventing and treating bacterial infections due to the synergistic interaction between this enzyme and UMF.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar or (ACV) has long been touted as the must have cure for almost any ailment or imbalance in the system. It was used in roman times and was the go to healing agent for anything. In the modern day, there has been tremendous research into ACV and its benefits. This research has substantially been proven positive and ACV continues to be an all round tonic. It helps with digestion and regulation of an alkaline environment and surprisingly enough, this vinegar is a top alkali source The benefits come not from magical sprites living in apple trees, but from the acetic acid that is present in vinegar. Its properties help block the absorption of starch, which can reduce blood-glucose levels. Undigested starch also helps feed and nurture the good bacteria in our intestines.
DGL – Licorice
This is said to be the most tested herbs in the world and was a favorite of indigenous tribes. To this day, it happens to be a plant with wondrous healing properties, especially for digestion. Licorice is known for reducing inflammation of the digestive tract and is used for treating spasms and pain in the stomach.
Papaya aids in digestion as it is a natural digestive enzyme (papain and chymopapain), which are strong digestive aids. These enzymes aid in cleansing the digestive tract, which can help reduce bloating, nausea, flatulence and cramps. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps break down the proteins in foods and generally aids in digestion. Both of these fruit enzymes can be helpful when eaten, used as juices or purchased as tasty chewable tablets that can act as an antacid.
Digestive Remedies Are Abundant
The truth is that we could literally write a book on Digestive Remedies because mother nature is so abundant and she offers us everything that we need for health.