As most of you know by now, I’m knee deep in healing my digestive system. To read more about the details of what I’ve been experiencing lately, check out my previous post! It’s loaded with lots of interesting facts and TMI.
As promised, I’m going to start blogging about the various things I’m doing to kick-start my digestive healing process. Those of you who are dealing with ANY kind of digestive upset,
feel free to start implementing anything I blog about but keep in mind this is what is working for me at the moment, and it may not work for you!
I love finding ways to use REAL FOOD to heal. I definitely believe in the power of supplements and happen to take a few myself, but I’ve found properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods to be the most beneficial.
The number one thing I’ve started doing to support my digestion is eating + drinking Collagen and Gelatin. Yes, drinking and eating. Drink wise, bone broth is my jam. I also love drinking various hot teas with collagen or gelatin mixed in for an extra gut-healing boost. Food wise, I’ve been making huge batches of Gelatin Gummies to snack on throughout the day. YUM!
Gelatin and collagen are beneficial for a ton of reasons. I’ve elaborated on this in a previous post, but in short, they are a great source of clean protein, loaded with gut healing nutrients, support cellular integrity, build strong nails, skin, and hair, and SO much more. If you have any digestive problems at all (or just want glowing skin hair and nails..) you should be consuming collagen every single day!
Another easy way to slip in some gut-healing nutrients from a whole food source are decoctions. What the heck is a decoction???…
You can think of decoctions as very long-steeped teas, traditionally used by alternative medicine practitioners. By definition, decoctions are, “the liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.” The decoction method is used to extract nutrients and medicine from fibrous substances (like roots) that have constituents that are water-soluble and non-volatile. In this case, Astragalus and Licorice root.
I decided upon Astragalus and Licorice for myself because a fellow NTP (nutritional therapy practitioner) suggested this combination to support digestion, immune, and overall system-balance support. HELLO I need all of those things!
Benefits of Astragalus Root:
- Aids in optimal immune function
- Fights off oxidative stress (free-radicals) in the body, known as an anti-aging herb
- Combats fatigue, increases stamina, enhances energy
- Aids in healthy digestion
Benefits of Licorice Root
- Reduces inflammation
- Supports and heals the gastro-intestinal cellular layers
- Soothes and protects damaged or inflamed tissues
- Supports a healthy respiratory system
I promise you the process to make this is much more simple than it may sound. All you’ve got to do is just boil some roots, strain it and drink!
- 8 cups filtered water
- one handful of Astragalus Root slices
- 1/4 cup Licorice Root
- Bring 8 cups of filtered water to a boil in a stainless steel pot
- Mix in the Licorice and Astragalus root
- Simmer for 1 hour, covered.
- Strain into a glass container for storage or enjoy immediately. (I like to add a few drops of stevia extract to my decoction)
- Store in a glass container in your fridge for up to 1 week.
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