Rockstar gut herbs
When the belly isn’t feeling quite right or you just want to be good to the gut, turning to herbs may do the trick.
Just a few fennel seeds can provide almost instant relief for the gut when chewed. The dry seeds are easily included in loose leaf teas. The bulb, fronds, and flowers aren’t as potent but still provide benefits. The fronds can be added to salads for a slight licorice bite, while the bulbs can be enjoyed an infinite number of ways both fresh and cooked.
“Slimers”, or demulcent herbs, become slimy when they come in contact with water. This forms a coating along the mucosal lining of the gut that is soothing and promotes healing when irritated or inflamed. Look for teas that contain marshmallow, violet leaf and licorice. Less slimy herbs include plantain leaf and calendula that are soothing and promote wound-healing.
Ginger is a digestion enhancing herb that packs a serious punch! The fresh root contains protein-digesting enzymes, boosts detoxification, decreases inflammation, increases circulation and can wake up a sluggish digestive system. Just 1 inch of fresh ginger root adds a zing to smoothies.
To have some on hand for a smoothie, rinse ginger root and use a peeler to remove skin. Once peeled, cut into 1 inch sized pieces and place them in an airtight container.
Here is a delicious berry smoothie recipe that gets an extra kick with fresh ginger:
Berry Good Smoothie
8 oz nut milk
8 oz water
1 serving vegan protein powder
1-2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup greens
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 inch of fresh ginger root