Adding in fresh and dried herbs and spices is a great way of increasing the nutrient density of your diet as they are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Many herbs also have benefits specific to the digestive system, and I find them to be easy and accessible ways for clients to start improving their gut health as well as provide symptom relief.
These are a few of my top herbs and spices to include daily whether you want some GI symptoms relief, or just want to boost your gut health.
- Fennel - start with my favourite! Fennel is a Mediterranean herbs used traditionally to relieve many GI symptoms including bloating, flatulence, pain and constipation, an all round winner!
To use, steep 1 tsp in boiling water and enjoy after a heavy meal.
- Peppermint - often taken in supplement form for heartburn but it can actually contribute to heartburn symptoms by relaxing the lower oesophageal sphincter.
Food form is best, brew a pot of fresh tea after eating as an excellent post meal breather.
- Cumin - excellent for eliminating bloating and gas after a heavy meal.
Try chewing on a few dried seeds
- Ginger - traditionally used in Ayurveda both for its warming and cooling properties. Is a antispasmodic and anti nausea.
Grate a little fresh ginger into cooking or bone broths, or pop a few thinly sliced pieces into hot water as a morning or evening tea
- Turmeric - of course we can't talk about herbs and spices without mentioning turmeric! This is used traditionally in Ayurveda to heal any number of ailments, particularly for the GI tract. Anti-Inflammatory, it soothes and aids digestion.
Give them a go and let me know how you get on!