Soothe your upset stomach naturally

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jul 2018 12:30:57



By Tieraona Low Dog

I NDIGESTION AND bloating, even if they’re not serious, can ruin your day--and even interfere with your enjoyment of life. Dinner out becomes a challenge, and just lounging on the couch can be uncomfortable if you’re feeling overly full, sluggish, or nauseated. For occasional stomach woes, bitter herbs- -such as angelica, burdock, dandelion, and gentian--can help by gently increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes and stomach acid.These herbs are especially effective when consumed--in a salad or as a tea or tonic-- before a meal. Other herbs, such as fennel, are carminatives, meaning they help combat intestinal gas and bloating. Many Indian restaurants offer candied fennel seeds for freshening breath and aiding digestion. Other carminative herbs include caraway, chamomile, and peppermint. Drinking teas made from these herbs can help soothe upset stomachs, too. Beyond herbs, I recommend probiotics-- bacteria that are the same as or very similar to the beneficial microbes that live in your digestive tract and keep your system running smoothly. You can replenish your gut’s bacteria by eating probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt and kefir, and fermented foods, such as sauerkraut. If you’re often bothered by digestive ailments, see your health care provider. These symptoms can sometimes signal a more serious illness, such as irritable bowel syndrome or an ulcer.