Let’s face it, digestive issues are not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but, depending on their severity, they can also be flat out embarrassing and confidence crushing… they can really snatch the enjoyment from life.
And they are certainly not uncommon, it’s reported that as many as 1 in 4 American’s suffer from some sort of digestive Issue. But you might be surprised to know there are some simple digestive remedies you may well have in your pantry right now (or can easily be picked up from your local store), that you can put to work with less than 2 minutes preparation.
Here are the best 8 ingredients we’ve found that you can add to water to improve digestion:
Lemon contains antioxidants that support liver detoxification. Detoxification is the process of transformation and elimination of toxins by the body. Impaired detoxification can lead to symptoms of digestive discomfort. Support the liver with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including D-limonene – found in lemons. Citrus fruits are also high in vitamin C that boosts the immune system quenches free radicals in the body and supports digestive enzyme function. Simply add slices of lemon to cold or hot water.
Digestive discomfort can be just that….uncomfortable. Certain herbs are well known for their soothing properties and are gaining popularity for their effect on a healthy digestive system.
Grab a generous handful of your chosen herb (or herbs) and steep in hot water for an aromatic brew.
Top of the charts when it comes to herbs and digestive health is Mint. Peppermint can soothe stomach acid, bloating and is a popular after dinner choice. It contains menthol which acts as a digestive aid, easing indigestion and gas. Mint leaves contain properties that produce digestive enzymes which help the body absorb vitamins and nutrients from food and can soothe an upset stomach. Add fresh mint leaves in your water – preferable warm water - and let them stew for a few minutes before drinking.
The fiery root, Ginger, has many positive health properties, particularly for the digestive system. It can help stimulate saliva, bile and gastric flow. Combined with its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, it is helpful for those of us who experience constipation and cramps. Combine it with hot water and lemon for the additional immune boosting properties against recurring coughs and colds.
The bright orange spice, Turmeric, has been renowned for its healing properties for centuries. It has been used topically to soothe wounds and in drinks to soothe an upset stomach. The active ingredient curcumin has antibacterial and antiviral properties shown to protect the heart and improve digestion. Making a warm milk drink with turmeric can help to heal and soothe the digestive tract and help prevent ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties or you could try adding it to smoothies and juices.
Kombucha; the fermented tea drink has gained popularity recently. The fermentation process creates a drink rich in probiotics, antioxidants and nutrients. Probiotics are the bacteria that live in the digestive tract and support the function of the intestinal lining, enhancing its ability to act as a barrier. This immune protective role helps to alleviate digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, food allergies and fatigue. Consequently kombucha is a popular drink shown to support immunity, digestion and raise energy levels.
Raw apple cider vinegar is known to improve digestion. Once again, the benefits are attributed to the live probiotic bacteria and nutrients found in the sediment (‘the mother’) in the bottom of the bottle. If you suffer from indigestion, try drinking a tablespoon of organic, raw cider vinegar – the one with a cloudy appearance – in a glass of water immediately before you eat.
For some of us it can be a struggle to drink the recommended 1.5 litres of water a day, but water helps your digestive system break down foods, transport and absorb nutrients and attracts soluble fibre, therefore helping to excrete waste more easily. Adding Cucumber is a great strategy for injecting a crisp and refreshing taste, particularly on a hot day. Cucumber also contains silica which is known to help keep skin clear and supple. Simply slice cucumber and add it to the water. Combine with lemon and mint for a triple whammy!
Several of these ingredients support the function of digestive enzymes, which help the body break down different food types and extract nutrients. A lack of these enzymes can be the cause of many digestive issues, and for people in this situation, taking a Digestive Enzyme supplement a very welcome addition.
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