- Heather Woodruff
3 Life Changing Elixirs to Calm your IBS
At the time of posting I can officially be classified as a momentary gypsy. We sold our condo a few months ago and have yet to find our new dream home. Two things I am being super picky on… The yard and my precious kitchen. I probably spend 25% of my waking life puttering in the kitchen. It’s my magic place, the space where I concoct nourishing goodness for myself and my family. Food, herbs and how we cook them can be the biggest game changers in our digestive health and overall wellness. I’ve experienced it and seen it more times than I can count in my clients.
These are my 3 go-to remedies that I encourage my tummy troubled clients to drink and calm their gassy bloated. Pick one of the below and try having 1 cup a day for at least 2 weeks.
Remember that IBS is very unique and different for everyone. What heals some bellies may irritate others. Go slow when introducing any new foods or herbs.
Homemade Bone Broth
While some may call bone broth a fad, it actually has been simmering in hearths and fire pits for thousands of years and a staple in most traditional cultures. Bone broth began falling off the dinner table in the early 1900’s with the creation of MSG (a controversial flavor enhancer with potential links to neurological problems) and bouillon cubes. Unfortunately, neither of these have the same gut healing properties as home-made bone broth like; collagen, gelatin, cartilage and glutamine. You can make homemade bone broth yourself quite easily or purchase in the freezer section of a health food store.
Ginger Turmeric Tea
These 2 herbs are at the top of my list for calming inflamed digestive tracts and decreasing gas and bloating. Ginger in particular relaxes cramped painful stomach muscles and relieves nausea. In numerous studies Turmeric has measured equal to pharmaceutical over-the-counter medications for relieving overall pain and inflammation. Turmeric has been shown to be helpful for relieving abdominal pain, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, excess gas & bloating, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, IBS, and more! Get the goodness of both these herbs in my Turmeric Ginger Tea recipe!
*Fresh herbs seem to be easier to digest than dried so go that route, especially for those with severe IBS and super sensitive tummies.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
This prebiotic beverage often gets overlooked in the world of fermentation. It supports healthy gut flora which is often unbalanced in those with gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and pretty much any other gut issue you can think of. Having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water before meals increases digestive enzymes and the acidity of our stomach (this is a good thing!) allowing us to digest our food more easily. Look for raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar ideally ‘with mother’.
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