7 Best Remedies For Digestive Distress
Written by: Justin Cowart
Are you tired of constantly having to go to the doctor over any digestive distress? Well with this list of awesome home remedies for your distress, they can help to turn the tide on constantly requiring medication and trips to the doctor and also help to keep a little bit of that hard earned money in your pocket.
If you are having an upset tummy, try having some peppermint tea. The different compounds that reside in peppermint can activate an anti-pain channel within your colon.
This type of channel is called TRPM8 and can actually help to reduce the pain that is known to be linked to eating some of your favorite spicy foods like chili or mustard, according to researchers. Multiple studies have been able to confirm that peppermint oil can be a beneficial treatment for IBS.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
In folk remedies, it has been a strong tradition from Hippocrates – who is known as the Father of Modern Medicine – to always recommended vinegar for decongesting respiratory systems and even helping coughs.
The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar can be a potent remedy for digestive issues. It is believed that the malic acid in apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that can help improve bowel irregularities.
There a quite a few ways to take apple cider vinegar. Personally what I do is get a cap full and down the hatch it goes. It does give one heck of a burn if you try it this way though.
An easier way is to try adding a cap full or two to a glass of water, to help with the powerful bite that apple cider vinegar can have. You can also throw some into your cooked meals – that way, you can hardly tell it’s even there.
Ginger is well known for its success in eliminating gastrointestinal distress. In multiple studies that were conducted, ginger demonstrated its great effectiveness in preventing symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness.
In one of the studies that was conducted, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a common go-to for motion sickness. Ginger is also able to effectively help with reducing all the symptoms that are associated with motion sickness like vomiting, cold sweating, dizziness and nausea.
One way you can take ginger is going down to your local grocery store and getting some ginger root to pop into your mouth. One of the ways that my family takes ginger (particularly for upset stomachs) is finding crystallized ginger chews. They are super tasty and work really well. You can also incorporate ginger regularly into many different dishes, just like with apple cider vinegar.
Enjoying a nice serving of pineapple can improve your digestion by helping to provide your body with a certain type of digestive enzyme that can calm down an upset tummy.
Something to take into consideration though is, while pineapple can be beneficial for your digestive tract, too much can cause gastrointestinal distress. Just remember: moderation is key.
Pineapple is one of my favorite treats to have. One way to enjoy pineapple is finding a healthy organic juice, or you can simply slice one up. My favorite way to have pineapple is cutting it up into thin discs and eating a couple for a nice snack.
Of course the research is still out on the exact specifics about how kombucha affects your digestion, but what we do know is that kombucha contains different enzymes and beneficial acids that have great benefits for your health.
You do have to understand though that, in some cases, too much of a good thing can turn bad. I personally have been using kombucha for some time now to help with my digestive problems and it works wonders – just be sure to use it in moderation.
If you’re not familiar with how to make kombucha yourself, I have some great news for you. More and more stores are starting to carry kombucha. There are so many different kinds and they are super tasty. Next time you are going grocery shopping, stop by the cool section and pick up your favorite flavor. My favorite is the dragon fruit!
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great digestive aid, because it is able to go in and eradicate different harmful bacteria that resides within your digestive tract and leaves your digestive and intestinal tract in excellent health.
Coconut oil is also great for helping the digestive tract maintain healthy stability and providing support for the colon’s well-being.
You can utilize coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for some of your favorite treats. My family enjoys popping popcorn on the stove, to help make it a little healthier and instead of using vegetable oil or olive oil, we use coconut oil. It is not only healthier for you, but it makes your popcorn taste super sweet.
7. Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel oil is known for being a great digestive tonic that also has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. It is great for helping to relieve gas pain, nausea, cramps and bloating. Even some practitioners utilize fennel oil to help with balancing hormones.
My wife loves to use fennel essential oil and one of the best ways she enjoys it is by putting a few drops into her bath. Then she can just sit back and relax, letting the amazing benefits of fennel work their magic.
Our world holds a plethora of natural remedies that offer great relief with none of the mainstream medicine side effects. Because, let’s face it, modern medicine unfortunately seems to have adopted a philosophy that a “patient cured is a customer lost.”
For small things like an upset stomach, we should all look to more natural remedies first. I know from personal experience that choosing more natural remedies has saved me quite a few trips to the doctor.
Do you know any other great natural remedies for tummy trouble? Please share with us in the comments below, we love hearing from you!
Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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