Dandelion Root increases bile flow, which aids digestion because bile is required for the digestion of both fats and fat-soluble vitamins, and a lack of bile can cause indigestion and other digestive issues like bloating.
Artichoke Leaf Extract is a digestive bitter that relieves occasional heartburn. Digestive bitters like Artichoke Leaf Extract aid digestion because the digestive tract contains special taste-sensors, which respond to the bitter taste of the herb and play an important in maintaining blood sugar balance and modulating the digestive process.
Coconut water hydrates the body, helping soothe the stomach. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, which contribute to its hydrating effect. Staying hydrated is crucial to keeping the digestive tract operating smoothy.
Amla is an Ayurvedic rejuvenative remedy. It is a gastroprotective herb, which means that it helps to calm and protect the digestive tract. It is particularly restorative for alcohol-induced depletion of stomach wall mucus. Amla is a potent antioxidant, and is high in Vitamin C.
Fennel has been shown to reduce occasional cramps in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is rich in essential oils, which when combined with other carminative herbs, such as peppermint, caraway, or lemon balm, can calm the digestive tract.
In traditional use, Licorice has been used more broadly for hormonal issues, gut and throat issues, respiratory support, and fatigue. However, Licorice shines in particular for soothing inflammation in the digestive tract and suppressing acid.
Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) Licorice has been well-studied to promote digestive comfort. DGL means that the glycyrrhizin has been removed, which makes it safe to consume. Scientific investigation into the mechanism of DGL shows that it is an antispasmodic (i.e, helps to relax the intestinal wall) to provide relief of indigestion symptoms, while it also repairs the mucosal lining of the digestive tract to promote its overall integrity.
Preclinical research shows that the mucilaginous nature of marshmallow root can form a protective coating on the mucosal lining of the stomach, which acts as a shield from irritants. This helps reduce occasional upset stomach, indigestion, and heartburn.
Chamomile is an antispasmodic herb, meaning it can calm the digestive tract by relaxing the muscles in the intestine. Chamomile relieves gas and occasional heartburn by sedating and soothing the mucous membrane of the digestive tract, while the natural sedative properties can also help relax the body, which helps digestion as sometimes discomfort is caused by stress.
Goji Berry is a natural prebiotic for Bifidobacterium Lactobacillus, which supports the body's gut microbiome. Goji Berry is also gastroprotective, showing soothing benefits for those dealing with GI upset. Other prebiotics may cause gas and bloating, but Goji Berry is not associated with those effects.
Lemon Balm is an herb that helps relax the gastrointestinal (GI) system, especially when it is as a result of stress or emotional tension. When combined with Fennel, Chamomile, or Mint, it has been shown to reduce bloating and occasional indigestion.
Peppermint is a well-known herb for gastrointestinal upset and digestive support. The aromatic leaf is rich in oils that have been shown to calm the digestive tract and reduce bloating, possibly through the reduction of calcium influx. In clinical studies, Peppermint has been shown to reduce bloating and flatulence.
Caraway is a carminative (gas-reducing) herb. It is an aromatic seed that is used for its ability to relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The seeds are rich in essential oils, which have been the focus of a number of clinical studies that show it has direct benefit when combined with peppermint for those suffering from bloating and occasional indigestion.
Anise is an antispasmodic herb, meaning it helps calm the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is most commonly used for gas + bloating. It is a GI relaxant that calms the digestive tract by breaking up intestinal gas.
Ginger is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries to calm the digestive tract and support the immune system.
The most frequent use of ginger is for symptoms of upset stomach, occasional acid reflux and heartburn, general nausea and vomiting. Several controlled studies have reported that ginger is effective as an antiemetic—meaning it alleviates nausea.
Ginger has also been recommended as an expectorant (clearing mucus and often used to relieve coughs) and it is traditionally used in teas or soups to treat colds or bronchitis. When mixed with hot or cold water, it can exhibit its anti-inflammatory properties as well and help soothe your coughing and general inflammation.