As we move into the colder months, it’s recommended to opt for warming foods that are easy on the gut
By: Kiki Athanas, Calii Love’s In-House Wellness Expert & Founder of Me by Kiki™
To further support digestion, and get those digestive juices firing for optimal intestinal soothing, there are 3 superherbs you should get on your radar (& in your pantry):
#1 Licorice Root
While you either love or hate the taste of licorice, you’ll no doubt love what it does for your intestinal walls. As it contains anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory compounds, it’s the perfect herb to help heal damage or inflammation in the gut. In fact, those with leaky gut find it to be a particularly useful aid because of how it easily permeates through intestinal cells – getting quickly to the root source of the issue.
As if that wasn’t enough, licorice root can also stimulate the adrenal gland, which can help to promote healthy levels of cortisol in the body. Since a happy body-mind depends on a happy gut, taking potent anti inflammatories (like licorice root), can give us the nearly immediate experience of calming, relaxation, and pain relief.
# 2 Cat’s Claw
One of the most underrated superherbs – native to the Amazon rainforest and other areas of Central and South America. Cat’s claw’s roots and bark contain alkaloid oxidants which stimulate the immune system and also provide for a wide range of other medicinal and healing benefits.
Again, this herb helps to provide intestinal support by easing gastrointestinal dysfunction. People with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive system disorders like ulcers and infections find cat’s claw particularly useful, as it can help cleanse the digestive tract and ensure good gut flora.
Side note: cat’s claw has even been proven successful for eczema, liver diseases, and for relieving knee pain!
#3 Chaga Mushroom
Who doesn’t love a good medicinal mushroom?! Chaga may be all over the “mainstream” nowadays – but it’s with good reason. It’s incredibly powerful for improving the immune response and treating stomach issues (which is what is was traditionally used for centuries ago).
It’s also extremely rich in antioxidants which helps to reduce oxidative stress in our bodies. Furthermore, compounds in Chaga help the immune system to differentiate between the body’s cells and foreign cells. This helps the immune system to respond accurately and protect the body from those pathogens.
Getting back to the gut soothing story…Chaga helps to stimulate the liver, prompting it to create digestive bile, which in turn helps the digestive system to better break down foods, especially proteins.
Ready to POWER up your gut and prepare your body for winter? Try adding the Love Made Power dust to your next wellness latte, or enjoy it already included in a delicious (yet healthy!) treat like the Charcoal & Carrot Cookie.