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Five natural remedies to help balance your digestive system

Five natural remedies to help balance your digestive system

How digestive system health affects overall health

Our digestive systems are responsible for extracting most of the nutrients that our bodies need from our food.  After processing that food, they’re also responsible for getting rid of  the leftovers, along with waste products and toxins.  That’s probably why Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) practitioners consider the digestive system to be the ‘seat of health’.

It’s also why digestive system imbalances can affect so many other areas of our wellbeing.  Unless we digest our food properly, we can’t absorb the nutrients it contains. And unless our digestive tracts are working at full capacity, the waste products our bodies want to eliminate can begin to build up.  Both options can have noticeable effects on our overall health.

Signs of a digestive system imbalance 

Imbalances within our digestive systems often have symptoms that are clearly related to digestion, such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gas and bloating.  However, as the effects of the imbalances spread, other signs may become apparent, for example:

  • Recurring skin complaints such as acne or rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances, fatigue and tiredness 
  • Moodiness and irritability

Five natural remedies that may help to rebalance your digestive system

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, start by making an appointment with your doctor to rule out any serious issues. After that, examine your regular diet: too much caffeine, alcohol, or fatty, sugary processed food can all cause digestive system imbalances.  Finally any (or all) of the following natural remedies may assist:

  • Aloe Vera: the inner parts of Aloe Vera leaves contain a transparent, polysaccharide-rich gel that soothes digestive system upsets and calms an irritated gut lining.  Aloe Vera gel also contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B3, B12, Folic Acid, and several minerals, which all support healthy intestinal function. 
  • Slippery Elm: the bark of this north American tree was used by traditional Native American healers to calm an irritated digestive system. Herbalists today use it in much the same way.  Slippery Elm bark is rich in a protective, soothing compound called mucilage. It also contains a range of nutrients that help to nourish and repair the cells in the gut lining.
  • Grape Seed:  an excellent source of potent antioxidant compounds called Oligomeric Procyanidins (OPCs), grape seeds help to protect cells throughout the body against free radical damage. In particular, OPCs help to protect intestinal tract cells, and also reduce inflammation.
  • Globe Artichoke:  a bitter tonic herb, Globe Artichoke has antioxidant properties that support and protect the digestive system and liver. It may also help to help to calm and prevent spasms, which makes it especially useful for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Plant-sourced digestive enzymes: our bodies produce digestive enzymes naturally to help us break down and extract nutrients from our food.  We don’t always produce enough of them, however, which can lead to digestive imbalances.  In such cases, a high-quality plant-sourced enzyme supplement may help.

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Five natural remedies to help balance your digestive system

Digestive system imbalances can affect so many other areas of our well-being. Discover the signs of imbalance & 5 natural remedies that may help you.

How digestive system health affects overall health

Our digestive systems are responsible for extracting most of the nutrients that our bodies need from our food.  After processing that food, they’re also responsible for getting rid of  the leftovers, along with waste products and toxins.  That’s probably why Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) practitioners consider the digestive system to be the ‘seat of health’.

It’s also why digestive system imbalances can affect so many other areas of our wellbeing.  Unless we digest our food properly, we can’t absorb the nutrients it contains. And unless our digestive tracts are working at full capacity, the waste products our bodies want to eliminate can begin to build up.  Both options can have noticeable effects on our overall health.

Signs of a digestive system imbalance 

Imbalances within our digestive systems often have symptoms that are clearly related to digestion, such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gas and bloating.  However, as the effects of the imbalances spread, other signs may become apparent, for example:

  • Recurring skin complaints such as acne or rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances, fatigue and tiredness 
  • Moodiness and irritability

Five natural remedies that may help to rebalance your digestive system

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, start by making an appointment with your doctor to rule out any serious issues. After that, examine your regular diet: too much caffeine, alcohol, or fatty, sugary processed food can all cause digestive system imbalances.  Finally any (or all) of the following natural remedies may assist:

  • Aloe Vera: the inner parts of Aloe Vera leaves contain a transparent, polysaccharide-rich gel that soothes digestive system upsets and calms an irritated gut lining.  Aloe Vera gel also contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B3, B12, Folic Acid, and several minerals, which all support healthy intestinal function. 
  • Slippery Elm: the bark of this north American tree was used by traditional Native American healers to calm an irritated digestive system. Herbalists today use it in much the same way.  Slippery Elm bark is rich in a protective, soothing compound called mucilage. It also contains a range of nutrients that help to nourish and repair the cells in the gut lining.
  • Grape Seed:  an excellent source of potent antioxidant compounds called Oligomeric Procyanidins (OPCs), grape seeds help to protect cells throughout the body against free radical damage. In particular, OPCs help to protect intestinal tract cells, and also reduce inflammation.
  • Globe Artichoke:  a bitter tonic herb, Globe Artichoke has antioxidant properties that support and protect the digestive system and liver. It may also help to help to calm and prevent spasms, which makes it especially useful for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Plant-sourced digestive enzymes: our bodies produce digestive enzymes naturally to help us break down and extract nutrients from our food.  We don’t always produce enough of them, however, which can lead to digestive imbalances.  In such cases, a high-quality plant-sourced enzyme supplement may help.
Five natural remedies to help balance your digestive system
 

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