18 Aug tummy troubles? 5 foods to heal your digestion
If you suffer from food allergies or intolerances, I bet you know what it’s like to have the occasional tummy upset. Bloating, reflux, IBS, flatulence and constipation are just a few of the common symptoms that can pop up from time to time if you have a sensitive digestion. So it’s always handy to have a kitchen full of quick fixes. Here’s 5 of my personal favourites.
This soothing herb is traditionally used for healing the gut lining. Slippery elm puts a coating on the surface of the gut, bringing down inflammation, and making the environment into a healthy place for good bacteria to grow. And the best thing about slippery elm is that you can add it to smoothies – just a couple of teaspoons is all you need. If you suffer from reflux or discomfort after meals, you can also have a dose of slippery elm powder in water or juice before you eat.
Often overlooked in herbal medicine (probably due to being considered a “common” culinery spice), ginger is certainly a food with superpowers. It is calming and anti-inflammatory, and tastes fantastic as a tea or added to juices and soups. If you need quick relief, grab a thumb-sized knob of ginger, slice it finely, add a cup of boiling water and steep 10 minutes for a strong ginger tea.
Yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are all fantastic for repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria. The more healthy bacteria you eat, the easier it is for your body to ward off minor tummy bugs. Good bacteria are needed to heal damage to the gut lining (one of the main causes of food allergies and intolerances) and build a healthy immune system.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric for arthritis have been known for years, but recently it’s gained popularity in digestive tonics as it also works on inflammation in the gut. Fresh turmeric root is pretty easy to find these days, and can be added to curries, soups, or even your veggie juice. At a pinch you can use dried turmeric, but fresh is so much better and worth the effort to locate.
An awesome quick fix for tummy upsets, aloe vera juice works super fast (think about how calming it is on your skin… yep, that’s what it does to your insides too!). Just 30ml of aloe vera juice like this Lifestream one on an empty stomach is all you need for quick relief.
Want to put some of these ideas into action straight away? Try making a fresh orange, carrot, ginger and turmeric juice, add a couple of teaspoons of slippery elm and stir. Or add your slippery elm to a serve of Co Yo coconut yoghurt for a soothing hit of good bacteria. Healing the gut doesn’t have to taste bad!