Using Herbs for Great Gut Health

Amazing herbs that can help heal your gut...

Having a healthy gut is key for good health and wellbeing. It contributes to having a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep and effective digestion. Our gut is an incredibly complex system but there are some very simple ways that we can keep it healthy using herbs that you can incorporate into your diet. Here are three amazing herbs to help you heal your gut....

Gentian Root is popular in traditional Chinese medicine and the Indian healing system of Ayurveda and is a great digestion aid. It kick-starts the digestive system by stimulating saliva, preparing your body to process your meal as the saliva travels down your throat. It has an intense bitter taste which encourages your body to secrete bile, which in turn breaks down fats and stores energy for you to use later.

It’s also an astringent herb which means that it tones the internal tissues of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract! It's available in health food shops and you can add a few drops to a glass of water or directly under your tongue.

Ginger boosts your immune system and detoxifies your body while regulating your gut and is one of the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. It helps your gut move food through the intestine so it doesn't sit and ferment, bloat and cause pain.

Here comes the science bit....Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

We love fresh slices of ginger steeped in hot water with some lemon and honey. It's super easy to incorporate into your everyday diet for both drinks and food!

Fennel is absolutely amazing for relaxing the muscles and soothing the lining of your gut. It has a deliciously mild liquorice flavour and is highly nutritious. If you can incorporate fennel into your daily diet, it will help your body absorb the nutrients from your food far more effectively and efficiently. You will start to have regular bowel movements and heal underlying issues like leaky gut or IBS, so if you are prone to bouts of painful gas then try to incorporate some into your daily diet. Fennel bulbs are delicious roasted, or raw, served as a side vegetable or to add to a salad. Fennel seeds can easily be sprinkled into dishes and you can make your own fennel tea using seeds or there are some great fennel teas you can buy in health food shops.

Have fun experimenting!