4 Natural Ways to Aid Digestion

by Monday, September 26, 2016

We all run into tummy troubles every now and then, some of us more than others (yep, that’s me!). Unfortunately I was born with a weak stomach- I have to be careful what I eat…and even when I am careful, I sometimes still wind up with a less than ideal stomach situation.

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No one likes to talk about it but we all experience it: bloating, gas, discomfort and worst case scenario…diarrhea (eek!) And sometimes it’s just simply that something you eat doesn’t agree with you. Whatever you go through, one thing reigns true- an upset tummy can totally throw off your whole day.
So when this hits me, I have a plan of attack- a plan to calm the turmoil so I can get on with my day like a normal human being.

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I like to go with natural remedies before I resort to something over the counter.  I actually rarely use anything over the counter for my stomach because natural remedies always tend to do the trick, if you are doing the correct things.  There are a few natural products I buy at health food stores that are great for on-the-go stomach trouble easy…including those below!

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Of course, if you are experiencing something extreme, consult your doctor before doing anything!

Here are my four go-to remedies for tummy troubles:

Ginger:
Ginger is known to calm intestinal stress- it calms an upset tummy.  It also promotes the elimination of gas build up (often caused by eating something that doesn’t sit well) and it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an all star when it comes to aiding digestion and keeps your stomach calm and healthy. Eat fresh ginger root in your food, in its pickled form (like what you get at a sushi restaurant) and in your tea. If my stomach is upset, I usually go for a cup of fresh ginger tea, my ginger juice or I’ll just munch on a piece of fresh ginger (not the yummiest option, but it works in a pinch!)
Papaya:

Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and help in the digestion process in the body.  Many people take natural papaya enzyme tablets before meals to help their bodies digest food more smoothly.  I have taken these chewable tablets and I am a huge fan.  This is the one “supplement” I like if I can’t get my hands on fresh papaya.  I like to get papaya enzyme naturally by eating the fruit for breakfast or as a mid-day snack.  I will also make vanilla papaya protein smoothies with it- I’ll post that recipe soon!

 

Mint:

Mint is amazing for aiding digestion.  It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation caused by food allergens. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can provide relief and help “calm” your stomach down.  You can make mint tea at home by steeping mint leaves in hot water, or buy it almost anywhere.  If you have some fresh mint leaves at home, chew a couple to aid in digestion or toss some into a light salad.  For mint on the go, I like peppermint oil in a dropper.  I will put it in my water bottle with a squeeze of lemon or lime- it is actually really tasty!  It is potent, so a few drops will really work wonders.  This oil is a great thing to carry in your bag or in your car so you have an easy fix for an unexpected upset stomach.

 

Bananas:

Bananas are great to eat when you aren’t feeling too well.  They are easy to digest, won’t cause stomach discomfort, are low in fiber and can help calm stomach unrest.  They are good for when you know something is up, and you want to put an end to it.  Plus, they are full of natural sugars and potassium so they will keep you going even on your busiest days.

 

Happy tummy, happy you!

 

XO Katrina

 

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