An upset stomach, gas, acid reflux, and any other problems involving your digestive tract aren’t just comfortable and embarrassing, they can also cause lasting health problems if left untreated. Avoid complications like ulcers, cancers, and dental problems. Get the relief you need, and do it as naturally and healthfully as possible.
Use these naturally occurring foods to tame your gut.
Turmeric And Black Pepper
To get the most bang for your buck, combine fresh turmeric or turmeric powder with black pepper. Turmeric is a bright yellow or yellow-gold spice native to Asia and Central America. This powerful combination tackles digestive troubles by decreasing the likelihood of gas and gut spasms. Turmeric and turmeric powders significantly reduce inflammation, which also goes a long way to calm your gut.
Piperine, one of the active agents in black pepper, “has been shown to enhance the activity of digestive enzymes in the gut,” according to Healthline. Plus, piperine compounds the positive effects of turmeric, further reducing stomach upset and inflammation.
Many reap the benefits of turmeric powder and black pepper while drinking traditional teas. If you prefer, there are also turmeric coffees and lattes available, or you can combine the ingredients to make a curry paste for savory dishes.
Ginger is well-known for aiding digestion — and with good reason. Ginger reduces gas, curbs bloating, decreases acidity, and can even stimulate a poor appetite. It is used a natural remedy to treat nausea for pregnant women or those suffering from the flu or an upset stomach.
To get the most out of its benefits, drink ginger tea or purchase chewy or hard ginger candies. Add ginger to salads, smoothies, or nutritious dinners, like chickpea tiki marsala.
To settle your gut, choose fermented foods, like kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk drink. Purchase kefir from reputable stores. The live bacteria will enter your stomach and strengthen your intestinal lining. Kefir and other fermented foods help eliminate gastrointestinal infections and reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Other than kefir, fermented foods that aid digestion include miso, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickles, and certain types of yogurt. Keep in mind that kefir is one of the most potent sources of healthy gut bacteria, however.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are also the most effective. While many extoll the benefits of turmeric powder and ginger (and they do help tremendously!), don’t forget about all the positives of plain, old leafy greens. Leafy greens, like kale and spinach, are packed with fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
Eating a diet rich in leafy greens keeps your gut healthy in the short-term and in the long-run as well.
When it comes to easing digestive troubles, many of us forget some of the most tried and true, easy healthy recipe ideas. Those include recipes with broth, including vegetable broth and bone broth. “Broths are one of the best foods for digestion because they are simple to digest, comforting, wonderful for boosting the immune system, hydrating (which is handy if you have been suffering from diarrhea), and easy to enhance with more nutrition by adding vegetables, herbs, spices, sea vegetables, medicinal mushrooms, and culinary adaptogens,” the Academy of Culinary Nutrition (ACN) writes. Don’t just take their word for it. Experiment with bone broth or vegetable broth soup recipes the next time you have a sour stomach.
It may not be talked about, but digestive issues in the U.S. are rampant. Nearly three-fours — or 74% — of U.S. men and women suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Get your gastrointestinal health back on track, and do it the all-natural way. Improve your gut health with turmeric, ginger, leafy greens, fermented foods, and vegetable or bone broth.