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Your Digestive System. When it’s working right, you barely think about it. But if it’s out of whack, it can make your life miserable.
Healthy Habits to Support Your Digestive System
*Stay Hydrated - Inadequate fluid intake can lead to sluggish digestion. Learn to pay attention to your body’s thirst signals. It’s not necessary to drink gallons of water, but be conscious of what your body is telling you it wants. And make sure to drink water that has been filtered. Chlorine and other chemicals often found in drinking water can kill off your gut’s good bacteria.
*Exercise - 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise pumps blood to all your body’s organs, including organs in your digestive system, helping them work at maximum efficiency. Moderate exercise can also actually tone your colon.
*Eat a Whole Foods Diet - Processed foods kill off good gut flora and tax your digestive system and cause inflammation, leading to all sorts of digestive ailments. Not to mention that they are usually high in sugar, sodium, and extremely nutrient poor. A diet of high quality protein, healthy fats, fermented foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables is ideal.
*Probiotics - Probiotics are the “good bugs” or beneficial bacteria and yeasts found in your digestive system. They can be found in fermented and cultured foods such as kimchi, saurkraut, sourdough, kefir, kombucha and yogurt. Antibiotics, chlorine, processed foods, and many other realities of modern life kill them off, so many people choose to take a multi-strain probiotic supplement such as Young Living Life 5 in addition to eating fermented foods to maintain a healthy gut.
*Enzymes - Enzymes are the substances produced by our bodies that break down the foods we eat. Just like modern life and diet kills off probiotics, it also can lead to enzyme deficiency. Eating a whole food diet with plenty of raw and fermented foods can help combat the enzyme-depleting effects of modern life, and some people also choose to add an enzyme supplement, such as Young Living Essentialzyme to their daily wellness routine.
Essential Oils for Digestive System Support
*Ginger - In Ayurveda, ginger is said to stimulate the digestive “fire”. It supports a healthy appetite and has historically been used to support the digestive system.
*Anise - Anise is a relative of wild carrot and Queen Anne’s Lace. It has a licorice-like flavor which is commonly used as flavoring in digestive liqueurs such as anisette.
*Fennel - A relative of anise, fennel also has a flavor profile similar to licorice. Indian restaurants often keep a bowl of fennel seeds near their exit for guests to chew on after they eat.
*Peppermint - Dried mint leaves that have been carbon dated to 1000BC have been found in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Peppermint was popular as both a flavoring and as ground cover in ancient Rome where it was planted in between stepping stones so guests approaching a home would be welcomed by its scent when they stepped on it. (Read the post I wrote about Peppermint Essential Oil here)
*Tarragon - Tarragon has long been used to promote dental health (yes, your mouth is an important part of your digestive system!) as well as being an excellent appetite stimulant.
*Lemongrass - Lemongrass, or “te-di-limon” was considered to be an essential plant to grow in every California garden in the late 1800s, and had an important place in Mexican Folk Medicine.
*Patchouli - Patchouli is a general tonic that supports the digestive system and soothes occasional queasiness.
*Juniper - Juniper is the flavoring found in Gin, and is considered to be a bitter.
All of these single oils are found in the Young Living oil blend, Digize.
This is part of a series about the Everyday Oils collection that comes in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. Get started with essential oils here.
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Disclaimer: None of the statements in this post have been evaluated by the FDA.
Furthermore, none of the statements in this post should be construed as dispensing medical advice, or making claims regarding the cure of diseases.
You should consult a licensed health care professional before starting any supplement, dietary, or exercise program, especially if you are pregnant or have any pre-existing medical conditions.