Gut health has been a hot topic lately. It’s been covered on the medical shows on TV, on the front of New York Times bestseller books, and gut-friendly foods are gaining popularity. Why has the gut gotten so popular lately? Researchers are finding the gut is responsible for so much more than they ever imagined possible.
What is The Gut?
The gut is our digestive system. From mouth all the way through to the colon. Our gut health is influenced by everything from saliva production, levels of stomach acid to how effectively we are eliminating.
Our guts contain billions of bacteria, enzymes, and other organisms. This complicated system works together to assimilate nutrients from our food. Every function in our body depends on our gut to work well.
Common Gut-Health Issues
Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” More and more researchers are finding this to be true. From the foods we eat, the lack of sunlight our modern lives gives us to the increased levels of stress. These can all lead to unhappy guts.
Here are just some of the conditions that have been linked to gut health: Candida, SIBO, parasites, IBS, Crohn’s, GERD, parasites, migraines Autoimmune disease, eczema, and much more. We will look more in-depth at some of these gut-health issues in the coming months.
Recent research has found that our gut is responsible for serotonin production and gut-health may be linked to depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s and other diseases previously thought to be connected to the brain. The gut-brain connection is proving a fascinating field of research.
The Best Herbs for the Gut
There are dozens of herbs that are beneficial for the gut, it would be impossible to cover them all here. These are our top selections that are most readily available.
- Marshmallow Root is an herb that has traditionally been used to help coat and soothe inflammation in the gut. It is delicious added to teas or made into homemade marshmallows.
- Ginger, a well-known and loved gut-friendly herb. One of the best ways to incorporate ginger is to chop fresh ginger and simmer for 20 minutes with water to be sipped on all day as a tea.
- Fennel can be used in food, in herbal tea and even chewed on. The bulb is delicious raw or cooked, the stems are popular to add to bone broth and tea and the fronds are often added as a garnish or extra flavor to foods.
- Licorice Root is another gut soothing herb. Many people prefer to combine this herb with others that are not quite as strongly flavored.
Tummy Plus contains all these herbs, and more, and is a popular formula for digestive issues.