Natural Digestion Remedies Help Weight Loss
How well do you digest your food? If you are like most people, you could use some help in that department, so we’re going to show you how.
The following natural digestion remedies can improve how your digestive process breaks down food, help you better absorb nutrients, burn fat more efficiently, and drop extra pounds.
Natural Remedies for Weak Digestion
Apple cider vinegar. This easy, effective, and inexpensive digestion aid should be in everyone’s kitchen cupboard. The standard treatment is 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in 6 to 8 ounces of water two to three times daily. If you can’t stomach the taste, add a drop or two of honey or molasses.
Artichoke leaf extract. A number of studies have shown that this herbal remedy can relieve symptoms of indigestion by increasing the flow of bile, which is necessary to digest fats. For example, in one study, individuals with indigestion who took either 320 mg or 640 mg daily of artichoke leaf extract experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.
A more recent study found that a combination of ginger (see “Ginger” below) and artichoke leaf extract was effective in relieving nausea, bloating, stomach pain, and feelings of fullness. If you are allergic to ragweed, you may have a reaction to artichoke leaf extract.
Fennel. The essential oils found in fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices while also reducing inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract and enhancing absorption of nutrients.
Fennel also is helpful in managing constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and indigestion. Several components of fennel’s essential oil, including anetol and cineole, have antibacterial and disinfectant properties. You can chew on fennel seeds after eating or try fennel tea, powders, or capsules.
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Ginger. This natural remedy has a long history of use for treatment of digestive conditions such as dyspepsia, bloating, belching, and similar problems. A typical dose is 1 gram daily taken in divided doses for indigestion. If possible, use fresh ginger root to make a tea and/or add to your food.
L-glutamine. This amino acid is produced in the body, but sometimes a supplement can help with weight loss and digestive issues. In fact, L-glutamine can be helpful in numerous ways when it comes to digestion and weight.
For example, L-glutamine assists in rebuilding and repairing the intestinal tract, helps heal leaky gut (which takes a tremendous toll on nutrient absorption), and improves diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Glutamine also enhances metabolism and can be helpful in eliminating sugar cravings.
Peppermint. Several controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that peppermint essential oil is effective in managing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flatulence. Use of peppermint tea containing essential oil can be enjoyed several times a day.
Probiotics. These beneficial bacteria and yeast truly address the gut of the matter. That is, if you keep your intestinal microbiome in balance, you will enjoy healthy digestion. If you are not getting enough fermented foods in your daily diet (e.g., yogurt, tempeh, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee), then be sure to include a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics are also helpful in the prevention and management of gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, and general stomach upset.
Using these natural digestive remedies may help with your weight loss efforts. Remember, however, that what you eat still matters. Your digestive system must work harder to break down and process highly processed, refined foods.
Such foods hinder digestion, deplete your body of enzymes and other substances necessary for optimal digestion, and slow down your metabolism. All of this can add up to weight gain. Are you ready to improve your digestion?
Dr. Axe. L-glutamine benefits leaky gut & metabolism.
Giacosa A et al. The effect of ginger (Zingiber officinalis) and artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) extract supplementation on functional dyspepsia: a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015; 2015:915087
No authors listed. Herbal remedies for dyspepsia: peppermint seems effective. Prescrire International 2008 Jun; 17(95): 121-23
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