Herbs & Spices for Gut Health – last 5!

My last three posts have been dedicated to herbs and spices and how they help your gut.  When you eat herbs and spices, they won’t cure your gut health challenges but knowing more about them can help you eat in ways that will support your gut health.  The hope is to get you back in the kitchen, to enjoy cooking nutritious foods for your family while supporting your gut health and digestion.

 

Here are five more herbs and spices to share with you.

 

 

DILL

 

> in the celery family

> leaves and seeds can be used in cooking

> used to control gas by stimulating the pancreas which helps to improve digestive function

> better digestion helps to reduce inflammation in your intestinal tract

> has anti-parasitic 

> useful for GI tract challenges related to stress

> great to use in fish and chicken dishes, chicken salad, and dips

 

 

BLACK PEPPER

 

> improves the bioavailability of nutrients

> use together with turmeric to boost its properties

> a traditional remedy for both diarrhea and constipation

> antioxidants in black pepper help body digest fats

> grind pepper to add hot flavor to any savory dish

 

 

FENNEL

> can help reduce issues with gas, bloating, and spasms

> may be useful for people with IBS

> rich in antioxidants, thus supporting your gut lining

> suppresses appetite

> good digestive herb

> supports liver function

> improves fat digestion

> drinking fennel tea may help with weight loss

> chop fennel and sauté it and it can be added to soups, stews, seafood, poultry, or vegetable dishes.

> tastes like licorice

> leaves, bulbs, or seeds can be used

> seeds can be added to soups, stews, curries, and stir-fries

BASIL

 

> an antimicrobial herb

> leaves can be used fresh or dried

> influences inflammatory pathways in the gut

> contains oils that have an anti-inflammatory effect, so it can be used on bug bites and stings by crushing up the leaves

> has a calming and mood stabilizing reputation

> helps soothe nausea, gas, and digestive spasms

> snip off leaves on the plant and add to many dishes

> great in pestos, sauces, pasta, salad, and Mediterranean dishes

> adds a sweet taste to foods

 

 

OREGANO

 

> powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties

> used to reduce food spoilage before refrigeration was invented

> promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and inhibits the growth of bacteria that is associated with gastrointestinal disorders

> helpful for combating colds and minor illnesses

> chop fresh leaves or use dried ground leaves and add to dishes

> pairs well with pizza and other Italian and Mediterranean dishes 

 

I’m sneaking in a recipe HERE that I enjoy from Donna Gates.  It incorporates a few of the herbs and spices that I’ve shared with you for the past three weeks.  

 

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