natural stomach healers

The story of digestion ~ Our food descends by way of the esophagus (1) into the stomach (2), where it is mixed with pepsin and other stomach juices to be made more digestible. Entering the duodenum (3), the food receives bile from the liver (4-left) and gall bladder (4-right) and juice from the pancreas (5), which prepare it still further. As it travels through the bowel (6), digested food is drawn off for our use, while the waste goes down to the colon (7).

The story of digestion ~ Our food descends by way of the esophagus (1) into the stomach (2), where it is mixed with pepsin and other stomach juices to be made more digestible. Entering the duodenum (3), the food receives bile from the liver (4-left) and gall bladder (4-right) and juice from the pancreas (5), which prepare it still further. As it travels through the bowel (6), digested food is drawn off for our use, while the waste goes down to the colon (7).

Everybody suffers digestive discomfort at some point. It’s a ripe time to to understand what your symptoms are and how to correct them naturally with antidotes from your cupboard.

Digestion is my favored topic because it’s a mystery that can be solved. You can have a stomachache everyday and not understand why you have depression and anxiety, you’re suddenly allergic to almonds, have developed joint pain, and you’ve gained weight. It’s not age. Below are some immediate and effective approaches to acute digestive ailments caused by low stomach acid, sluggish digestion, and eating unhealthy foods. If these symptoms are chronic, it is time to look deeper at to what is going on at the root (diet, lifestyle, emotional) level. Contact me for help in healing the gut. All disease begins in the gut. Health matters that don't even seem gut-related are in fact gut-related because inflammation begins in the digestive organs. Take action and preventive measures. 

GINGER for INDIGESTION & GAS PAIN … this flowering plant is used as a spice and in folk medicine to ease inflammation & hyperacidity in the stomach. It helps your intestinal muscles to relax, giving relief from those symptoms.  Its spiciness and pungent taste helps with nausea, vomiting & motion sickness.

Slice some fresh ginger slices, sprinkle some sea salt over them and chew them as often as possible and throughout the day OR add freshly grated ginger to your recipes OR boil 2 cups of water, add 2 tablespoons and let it steep for 10 minutes. 

FENNEL to EXPEL GAS & cure INDIGESTION// In India, it’s a tradition to chew fennel seeds to cure indigestion by triggering off the secretion of digestive juices. It has powerful volatile oils that are antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, helping to relax the tightened muscles and allowing trapped gas to come out.

Chew 1 teaspoon after eating heavy, spicy or oily foods. Fennel tea for stomachaches and PMS cramps. Steep 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink 3x a day.  If you have some available in your fridge, I recommend you eat fresh raw fennel slices after a meal.

CHAMOMILE for STRESS & DIGESTION // The indigenous people from the Aleutian Islands had a strong belief that chamomile was a cure-all. In tea form, it soothes the intestinal walls easing intense pain and eliminating gas. Chamomile relaxes 7 tones our nervous system, especially when there are digestive issues like gas, colic, or ulcers due to anxiety and tension.

Not only that…its mild bitter taste stimulates the liver aiding in the elimination of toxins.

Not only that…chamomile has magical connection for attracting money. Press it in your wallet. Do a rinse before gambling. 

Pour a cup of boiling water over 3-4 tbsp. of chamomile and steep it for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. 

WARM LEMON WATER for INDIGESTION // When life gives you lemons, at least you won’t have indigestion. Indigestion is NOT heartburn, but symptoms include having heartburn. Symptoms might be stomach discomfort, grossly full after a meal, stomach pain, excessive burping, nausea, and bloat.

The high acidity from lemons stimulates the production of stomach acid, which breaks down protein and gets digestion going at a healthy pace without any complaints. Plus, you get hydrated from its natural electrolytes, cleanses your liver and gallbladder, alkalinizes the body, and helps with heartburn.

Glass of water + whole lemon squeeze  

BAKING SODA as aNATURAL ANTACID // Those of us who have suffered indigestion or heartburn believe it’s caused by too much stomach acid (HCL) in our system. Stomach acid isn’t the enemy, we need it to break down proteins, stimulate digestive enzymes and kill pathogenic bacteria and yeast. In fact, indigestion is caused by low HCL, so when we use OTC antacids we’re just temporarily neutralizing the stomach acid, when we need more it.

Baking soda acts as a natural antacid, helping to neutralize the acids in your digestive tract, while breaking down food making digestion easier and alleviating gas and bloat. Baking soda also restores the pH balance of the body.

To neutralize acid, release trapped gas, soothe upset tummy just squeeze the juice from 2 lemons, add 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda. > Mix it, watch it foam and drink it while it's foamy. No lemon? No problem. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water. Add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix well and you should feel relief within 10-15 minutes, repeat again in 3 hours if the upset persists. 

 

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL for GAS & UPSET STOMACH // Dates back to 1550 B.C. medicinally used as a detoxifier, antidote for poison and to relieve stomach troubles. It supposedly also helps prevent hangovers, although I haven’t tried it yet. It stops a case of food poisoning from progressing if taken immediately, (rad for travel). Activated charcoal moves through the gastrointestinal tract absorbing toxins, trapped gas, and hydrogen sulphide, that rotten egg smell.

 For gas, take a 500 mg capsule an hour and half after each meal away from food or an hour before a meal, meds or supplements as it will stop their absorption and with lots of water. It’s great to use occasionally but don’t overdo it.

PS. Don’t get freaked out but your stools become black. 

ALOE VERA for REGULARITY & REFLUX // This succulents’ medicinal value was first recognized by ancient Egyptians to treat burns, wounds and reduce fever. Cleopatra used as part of her skin regimen. Among its many benefits, aloe vera also promotes nutrient absorption, aids indigestion, acid reflux, bloat, gas, IBS, reducing colonic build-up and maintaining regularity. Plus, it’s got all your favorite vitamins and minerals like magnesium, the B’s, and C.

For stomach relief, drink its juice. It’s easy on your stomach and its absorbed quickly. Two tablespoons of aloe juice per day.