Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos shares her top tummy-trouble remedies.
Digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid can help with the breakdown of food and assimilation of nutrients. HCl also protects the body from bad bacteria, parasites and viruses.
Miso soup is rich in probiotics, which help maintain healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Kombucha is also rich in probiotics and digestive enzymes, helping to assimilate nutrients and prevent belly-bloat!
Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. Not only does it slow down the secretion of stomach acids, but it also protects tissue from excess acid.
Raw cabbage juice has healing properties and can help reduce acid reflux.
Almonds are a great source of calcium and fibre, which both help to relieve heartburn. Eating a small amount after meals may bring relief. Soaking nuts for at least 8 hours, then rinsing thoroughly gets rid of enzyme-inhibitors and makes them easier to digest and assimilate.
Magnesium can help relax the intestines.
Chamomile tea soothes the stomach and also works to relax the intestines.
Spinach, apples, figs and other fibre-rich foods help add bulk to stool and sweep it out of the system.
Peppermint tea soothes the stomach and intestinal wall and alleviates cramping.
Ginger increases digestive fluids, reduces inflammation and helps curb vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and nausea.
Licorice DGL (a supplement found at health-food stores) helps to relieve stomach pain and inflammation, especially as a result of heartburn. Be sure it's a deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), in which the glycyrrhizin has been removed, making it safer to use and reducing the risk of side effects.