Fruits and Herbs to Soothe Digestion

February 15, 2018
Many digestive problems can be treated naturally by ingesting certain fruits and by drinking special herb teas. If we incorporate them in our diet, we can also prevent many of problems as well

People who experience digestive problems such as gas, stomach pain, indigestion, or stomach cramps often turn to medicine to find relief. However, there are fruits and herbs that can provide excellent results for such symptoms.

For example, in addition to refreshing the palate and accompanying meals, teas can also soothe digestive complications.

People who regularly drink herbal teas often refer to their many health benefits. Among those benefits are those relating to the digestive system. The most common causes of poor digestion include:

  • Eating excessively
  • Eating too quickly
  • Consuming a lot of fatty foods
  • Ingesting too much caffeine and alcohol
  • Nervousness and even emotional trauma

So in today’s article, we’ll inform you about some of the best-known fruits and herbs for relieving digestion complications.

Herbs for soothing digestive complications

Make a mental note of these fruits and herbs. See what they have to offer for the digestive system and for the rest of the body.

1. Prunes

prunes

The key to relieving digestive problems is by increasing fiber intake, both insoluble and soluble fibers.

Prunes are a perfect remedy for constipation because they have both a high fiber content (7.6 grams per cup) and contain sorbitol. Sorbitol is a natural sugar that helps increase the water present in the intestines.

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2. Papaya

a few papayas to help with digestive complications

Papaya has a high papain content, which is an enzyme that helps the body decompose proteins which helps speed up digestion. 

Similarly, medium-sized papayas can offer almost 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber, which helps out your intestines.

3. Flax

flaxseeds

Flax, also known as linseed, has traditionally been used to treat digestion problems because it has high levels of insoluble fiber. Not only does a tablespoon of flax boast 3 grams of fiber, but it also has a  high level of mucilage.

Both elements can improve stool structure and soften them. More so, flaxseed flour is good for baking bread and sweets while flaxseed oil can be used as a supplement.

4. Anise

anise

When it comes to treating cramps and stomach gases, anise is certainly a great remedy to relive these bothersome symptoms.

5. Ginger

Large piece of ginger

Ginger boasts numerous medicinal properties, many of which aid in treating gastrointestinal problems. This root also has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve abdominal pain.

Ginger also has antispasmodic and anti-nausea properties because it controls histamines. Furthermore, its benefits make it one of the best remedies in general for poor digestion.

6. Rosemary

rosemary

Rosemary aids in treating constipation through aromatherapy. According to recent studies, using essential rosemary oil for lower abdominal massages helps digestion. Even more, it shows results up to two weeks after the treatment.

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7. Oregano

oregano

Oregano is a great source of fiber. Two teaspoons provide 4% of the daily recommended amount of fiber. Consuming oregano regularly helps ease digestion by stimulating the release of stomach bile.

This antispasmodic action reduces gases, swelling, indigestion, and general abdominal pain that can result from digestive problems.

8. Chamomile

chamomile tea

People with poor digestion can use this plant to make a lovely tea in order to soothe digestive complications. Likewise, hot beverages are especially convenient for soothing digestion problems.

In addition, chamomile roots have been found to have laxative properties that also aid in digestion.

Other helpful advice

Along with eating fruits and herbs, you should exercise regularly in order to treat and prevent digestive inconveniences.

It’s also important to keep in mind that those who experience significant changes in their lifestyle are more susceptible to digestive problems. For example, pregnancy and aging may be factors for these problems.

In these types of cases, consuming more fiber can surely reduce the probabilities of suffering digestive complications.

Although medicinal laxatives are available helping digestion, you should use them only after trying these herbal therapies. Most importantly, make sure that the herbal treatment you choose won’t provoke any side-effects or reactions with other medications.

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