Monday, July 26, 2010

Some natural digestive aids for upset stomach

Are you suffering from that blah, weary feeling the day after eating a rich and sumptuous meal? Well, the remedy is at your fingertips in your natural pharmacy - the spice rack in the kitchen; along with using some age old wisdom.

Included in the article is an interesting list of herbs and teas that help alleviate the pain of an upset stomach and get your digestion back on track

First, some important facts

Overprocessed foods equals upset stomachs

Excesses and poor food combinations in the American diet contribute to the increasing problem of stomachaches and bad digestion. This results in the colon becoming clogged and bogged down with toxins. Meats, white flour and sugar products; sodas, teas and coffee are slowing down the digestive tract resulting in sluggish digestion, constipation and weight gain. Despite advances in treatment and diagnostics, Americans are suffering an increase in diseases such as colitis, acid reflux, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids and scores of other diseases that were once rare in our ancestors.

An additional culprit is lack of fresh air and exercise. Remember, our parents and grandparents thrived working outdoors engaging in strenuous, physical activity. The lungs are forced to breathe in fresh air and the intestinal tract is kept mobile with outdoor activity. Toxins should be expelled at least 1 - 2 times daily.

The Solution

Eliminate the above listed foods. The diet should consist of fresh vegetables and fuits, along with drinking plenty of water. Adding lemon to the water will help in peristalsis and eliminating toxins. The following use of teas and other natural substances will prove helpful in getting rid of the associated discomfort of upset stomach.

Helpful cures

Black tea - Good for upset stomach. Boil a cup of water, add a tea bag. Steep for 15 minutes then drink. You may add honey. (Tannic acid in the tea helps calm the stomach).

Ginger and cayenne - Take ginger tea and a pinch of cayenne and honey to taste. (Cayenne stimulates the production of gastric juices).

Papaya Enzyme - Has enzymes that helps in the digestion of foods. Take up to three pills with meals.

Grapefruit seed extract - Place five to six drops in a cup of water. Drink three times a day. (This is a fantastic antimicrobial).

Your health is in your hands. You are what you eat!

References: Tull,Jethro, "Back to Eden"
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