Do you ever eat a small meal but feel VERY full? Do you feel bloated after meals? Do you have a lot of gas, especially after you eat certain foods?
If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, then it’s time to learn about the power of plants for digestion!
As we age, our bodies produce fewer digestive enzymes that we need to break down the protein, fat and carbohydrates in our food.
This deficiency of digestive juices can slow down the digestive process and cause food to sit in our stomach longer than necessary which can cause bloating, belching or heartburn.
Ugh, heartburn. Plants will help you turn down the heat on this common ailment that often occurs after a meal that was too big or too spicy – or if you have low digestive enzymes. Heartburn can cause damage to your digestive tract, which can make digesting foods progressively more difficult.
The good news is…plants = improved pathways! Let’s break it down.
By taking mucilaginous (mucous producing) herbs, you can coat the esophagus and stomach which creates a barrier to protect the lining of the tract. Taking some licorice root in tablet form before meals – or a tea blend of marshmallow and licorice – can be just the ticket to improve your digestion and soothe your heartburn.
Bitter herbs such as gentian and wild cherry bark stimulate bitter receptors and allow the body to prepare for food so that the digestion is more efficient and optimal.
Aloe vera is widely known to have healing properties. Aloe is used to treat wounds but can also be used to aid with digestion. It has a gentle laxative effect that can be used regularly.
Another plant that is lesser known is cascara sagrada. It has a potent laxative effect that is used occasionally to assist with constipation. It will keep you regular.
Simply put, plants are always rooting for you.
If you want to take the guesswork out of which plants to use – and when, consider our discretely-packaged bitters with CBD, which can travel with you.
Here’s to smooth sailing everywhere you go!