In natural medicine we believe health comes from the inside out, and that is probably most accurate when we talk about the health of your digestive system. Do you suffer from bloat, abdominal pain or heartburn? In Naturopathic medicine, we believe that when digestion is working well, the body is more able to fall into balance. Optimal nutrient absorption through a healthy gut allows for your body to shine inside and out.
Below are two common digestive complaints and their herbal solutions.
Heartburn - Heartburn usually shows up as a burning in the stomach - typically after eating a meal. In my practice I’ve found the symptoms may be attributed to many different causes, such as: too little stomach acid, too much stomach acid, poor muscle tone, eating our food sensitivities and imbalance in flora in gut.
Gas and Abdominal Pain - Pain in the abdomen is quite commonly due to the pain of pressure caused by gas produced by our native gut bacteria, however the cause can vary. Some causes of gas include: poor digestion, food sensitivities, diseases like lactose intolerance or Celiac, swallowing air repeatedly, drinking fizzy beverages, slow bowels, imbalance in good bacteria in the gut, anxiety and stress.
Recipe: Herbal Digestive Tonic Tea
Ginger root, Peppermint leaf, Fennel seed - Measure ½ TBS of each herb into cup, cover with boiling water and steep for 10 minutes, drink as often as you experience symptoms (may be taken hot or cold).
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