We all know that herbs and spices can make your food a lot tastier. But did you know that certain herbs and spices can also do a lot of good for your digestive system? These herbs and spices are a natural remedy for stomach ache or indigestion.
You may have had ginger tea or ginger ale before if you had an upset stomach. Ginger has been used for years for intestinal complaints. It also helps against nausea and vomiting, because the properties of ginger ensure that your stomach is emptied faster. This helps your body to digest food and you are less likely to suffer from a bloated stomach.
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Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore often used for intestinal complaints. In fact, research even shows that turmeric can be a valuable addition to treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The largest component of turmeric, curcumin, may help against an imbalance in gut bacteria. Enough reasons to use more turmeric!
This smoke-like spice has also been linked to improving IBS symptoms. Using cumin – or even cumin oil – can greatly reduce abdominal pain and bloating and improve your bowel movements. Cumin is therefore a good option to help your digestion.
Chewing fennel seeds has long been used as a post-dinner custom to help your digestion. That's because fennel can help regulate smooth intestinal muscles and reduce gas, research shows. In addition, fennel also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the antioxidant-rich flavonoids it contains. Are you going to try it?
Mint can help with a bloated stomach and aid your digestion. Peppermint oil is therefore a commonly used remedy for people with IBS. Mint helps, among other things, to relax the muscles of your intestinal system, making them feel less sensitive and therefore less painful. Cup of peppermint tea, any one?
Coriander; one finds it delicious, the other thinks it tastes like soap. Nevertheless, coriander can help you to get your digestion going. Coriander may help relieve abdominal pain and bloating, research has shown. So maybe it's worth it...?