Your digestive system is much more than just your stomach; from when you very first put food into your mouth, your body is working hard to break down and absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly. Every part of the system from your oesophegus to your pancreas are interlinked and need to work in harmony, ensuring you absorb the valuable nutrition for the rest of your body to function effectively.
Did you know?
- 70% of the body’s immune system is in the digestive tract;
- Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria;
- Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is approximately 25 feet long;
- Recent research has discovered that gut health plays an important role in your emotional well being;
- Gut health has been associated with skin conditions such as eczema.
Tips to improve digestive function
- Drink plenty of water, and do this 15-30 minutes before mealtimes;
- Eat raw fruit and vegetables to help boost natural enzymes and nutrients;
- Eat fresh, natural and non-processed foods as much as possible;
- Try fermented foods such as sour croute, kombucha, kefir etc;
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep;
- Stay active;
- Avoid stress as much as possible.
Eating a well balanced diet and exercising are very important to maintain your digestion, however sometimes we can regularly suffer digestive problems despite a healthy lifestyle. Having the right gut flora (the healthy microbes that help us digest our food, help to balance our hormones and support our immune system) is essential and there are many factors that can cause an imbalance, such as diet, stress, antibiotics etc.
An imbalance in gut flora can lead to an overgrowth in candida and a range of health issues. Having suffered from candida and various food intolerances for a number of years, I decided to try essential oils to support my digestive system and had amazing results. You can read more about this and the symptoms of candida here.
Essential oils and natural supplements can play an important role to soothe and support your digestive system using the extraordinary power of nature. There are a few different essential oils and supplements that have some amazing healing properties for the digestive system. Here is an overview of my top choices to help you select the one most suited to your needs.
The 3 Most Powerful Essential Oils to Aid Healthy Digestion
Peppermint has been used in medicine to soothe digestion for a very long time and can be found in most people’s cupboards in items such as indigestion tablets and peppermint tea. Peppermint essential oil is a particularly high quality and natural form of peppermint, and as such can be extremely soothing when taken internally. Peppermint essential oil helps to reduce bloating, gas and is acutely calming to the stomach. There is also clinical evidence that suggests peppermint oil is likely to help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.
Peppermint is the first essential oil I ever tried; I immediately felt the benefits of it. In fact I was so surprised with how it made me feel that I changed my lifestyle to include essential oils in my life every day, and I have never looked back.
With its distinctive liquorice aroma and flavour fennel essential oil is particularly good at promoting healthy digestion when you include it as part of your diet. Fennel tea is used as a traditional medicine throughout the world and is thought to have an abundance of health benefits. Fennel can help to prevent and relieve flatulence, it also helps to relieve indigestion, bloating, nausea and excess gas and the associated gastric pain by working as an antispasmodic. Fennel essential oil is a pure and powerful way to soothe your digestion in everyday life.
Ginger, a cooking staple and another plant that has long been used in medicine. Ginger essential oil is a concentrated form of ginger that can be used to help support your digestive system. With a warm and spicy aroma ginger it is rich in anti-oxidants, studies have also shown that ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory, and helps to reduce nausea.
My Top 5 Natural and Powerful Digestive Supplements
DoTerra have developed a natural supplement range for the digestive system. They combine the strength of different essential oils and natural extracts, harnessing the power of the different healing and soothing properties found in nature.
This softgel contains a blend of essential oils well know for their soothing properties. It can help to soothe occasional upset stomachs, reduce uncomfortable gas, help digestion and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Contains: Essential oils including Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise and Caraway
Enzymes are naturally occurring and help break down your food to convert it into energy during digestion, however they can often be deficient in our modern diets. This supplement provides you with an added boost as it contains a blend of active enzymes and supporting cofactors that are vital to your healthy digestion. I love to use it if I’ve had a big meal or I’m feeling bloated.
Contains: A blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes, Peppermint, Ginger and Caraway Seed essential oils
Zengest GX Assist
This is a natural yet powerful cleansing blend of essential oils and caprylic acid. It helps support a healthy system by creating an unfriendly environment for potential threats that can upset your digestion. It has been developed to be used for 10 days as a cleanser before using the PG Assist+ defense formula. This is a powerful product that helped me over come many years of IBS and food sensitivities.
Contains: Oregano, Melaleuca, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Tyme essential oils and Caprylic Acid.
Zengest PB Assist+
You may have heard about prebiotics and probiotics and the benefits to your gut. DoTerra have developed this special supplement to include prebiotic fibre and probiotic organisms in a capsule that is safe for the whole family to include in their diet. It encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract to support better digestion and nutrient absorption.
Contains: A unique doublelayer capsule (to protect sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid), pre-biotic fibre and six strains of probiotic microorganisms
Zengest Zendocrine Complex
This supplement supports your bodys natural detoxification process and supports the liver and other important organs such as your kidneys to remove toxins from the body.
I hope this has helped to give you some insights into the incredible power and benefits of DoTerra products for your digestive health. If you’d like advice or to find out more then please do visit our GreenLifeOrganics Facebook Page or our online community GreenLifeOils for some great ideas and tips that other doTERRA essential oil lovers have shared.
Please remember that these are powerful oils and supplements and shouldn’t be used without checking directions on how to use these safely. If you have any further questions then please do contact me on 07557337363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to help you benefit from these incredible oils and supplements!