It's hard to keep a balanced diet as an adult. What does it even mean? You are the one in charge of your own eating decisions and what you consume has an effect on the rest of your body. Sometimes, you may have eaten too much of the wrong things and your gut health can be thrown out of whack.
When your gut health is not functioning properly you may experience some unpleasant tummy upsets. This can be quite common as you get older asfood intolerances and sensitivities will be on the rise.
What is gut health?
Gut health surrounds the microbiome of your digestive system. Bacterianot only helps to digest food,but good bacteria also hinders the growth of the bad. So the goal here is to establish a balance between the two, or an equilibrium. When the balance is disturbed people often end up with upset stomachs. Some who suffer chronically with this balance are also more likely to have the dreaded IBS or even stomach ulcers.
Luckily, these herbs and spices can be incorporated into your diet to help achieve that equilibrium, some of them even have other benefits as well.
Ginger: The many benefits of ginger have long been known. This spice is great for promoting the restoration of any damaged gut lining, it can also reduce nausea and inflammation.
Turmeric: This spice has been all the rage for a while now with many people discovering the indulgence that is a turmeric latte. This spice is used in many traditional Indian dishes and is also an anti-inflammatory. Turmeric can even help to reduce bloating.
Carraway: People most often consume this spice in the form of seeds. Carraway actually has an antimicrobial effect which helps to kill off bad bacteria. It also helps to soothe stomach cramps and aid any 'digestive release' that might be needed.
Mint: This herb is a superfood of the digestive world. Mint has quite the reputation for easing any digestive issues. This is because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Mint isn't just good for freshening your breath, it's aroma may also help to ease headaches!
Fennel: Not only great for cooking, fennel is great at tackling bad bacterias such as yeast. The herb also helps fight inflammation through its vitamin c content.
Dill: This herb grows everywhere. You can often see dill growing on the side of the road, which is why it is sometimes called dill weed. However, dill also has carminative properties which will help you to avoid any embarrassing gassy situations.
Even better, not only can these herbs and spices be eaten but they can also be made into soothing teas!