Herbs to Help Aid Digestion

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Herbs to Help with Digestion

Many of my clients struggle with digestive symptoms related to what they are eating.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and GERD (reflux) are the two most common.  It is definitely challenging to figure out what is causing issues.  One day it may seem like the piece of bread is problematic, and the next day it doesn’t.  It often takes time to understand the complexities of how your body works and which foods may be causing undesirable symptoms.

Other Factors

It is also important to remember that it may be other factors that are affecting your digestion, not just foods.  The most common culprits are lack of sleep and stress or anxiety.  Not getting enough sleep puts a stress on all of our body symptoms, but especially our digestive system.  You will likely experience abnormal digestion especially if lack of sleep is a common occurrence.  Stress and anxiety also affect how well your digestion works.  Your symptoms can range anywhere from diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating.

Herbs that Help

The process of sorting through foods to determine which ones you may have an intolerance to can be frustrating, but with the help of your dietitian, the process can move more quickly, and be less confusing.  In the meantime, there may be some herbs that can help!  The easiest way to start incorporating herbs in either in tea form or in your cooking.  https://albuquerque.citymomsblog.com/food/herbs-spices-fajita-seasoning-recipe/  It is hard to get too many of these herbs when using them in cooking or in teas, but be careful if you are using more potent forms such as tinctures as they may create other health issues if overused.

Herb Function
Chamomile

 

GERD, gas and bloating, Diarrhea, nervous stomach
Lavender

 

Nervous stomach
Lemon Balm

 

GERD, gas and bloating, nervous stomach
Rosemary

 

Gas and bloating
Peppermint

 

Nervous stomach, gas and bloating

Herbal Teas

Find a tea you like at most grocery stores and even Target has a great selection of tea.

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