Got digestive problems? Try the best teas for digestion: Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) and Terminalia chebula (Haritaki).
Strategies for Coping with Digestive Problems
It’s important to maintain a healthy digestive system by adopting smarter eating habits and incorporating more of the right foods in your diet. Here are 7 strategies for dealing with digestive problems:
- Cut down on sugar. Unfortunately, you can’t eat all the sugar you want and store it for energy later. Your liver can store only so much glucose. You probably know about the harmful effects junk food has on on your body. Be mindful of the sugar intake for digestion’s sake.
- Eat a high-fiber diet. A diet high in fiber and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains supports good digestion and overall health, helps to prevent constipation, and helps prevent or treat digestive problems such as diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and hemorrhoids.
- Choose low-fat foods. Fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, which can lead to constipation. While you need some fat in your diet, try to pair these fatty items with high-fiber foods to make them easier to digest. Choose easier-to-digest healthy fats from foods like nuts and avocados. Along those lines, protein is part of a heart-healthy diet, but fatty cuts of meat make digestion difficult. Choose lean cuts of meat, such as skinless poultry or pork loin.
- Add probiotics to your diet, such as yogurt or kefir. Probiotics contain the same type of healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract. They can counteract the effects of a poor diet, antibiotics, and stress. They may also improve nutrient absorption, break down lactose, guard against IBS, and strengthen your immune system.
- Eat reasonable amounts of food on a regular schedule. Eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day helps your body digest food properly. When you eat at inconsistent times or overeat, your stomach has to work too hard to digest food, which often results in bloating, indigestion, and other digestive problems.
- Drink lots of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is essential to your digestive health.
- Support efficient and healthy digestion with a daily supplement. We recommend Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea or extract, as well as Terminalia chebula herbal extract (also called Haritaki).
Try the Best Teas for Digestive Problems
Consider drinking herbal teas and extracts for digestion like Phyllanthus niruri and Terminalia chebula.
Terminalia chebula (Haritaki)
Terminalia chebula is considered the “King of Healing” in Tibet, and it’s a great tea for digestive problems. It’s a prime ingredient in Ayurveda, and its main traditional use is in promoting digestive health and addressing digestive disorders. It’s also used to strengthen and support the proper function of the colon, liver, and spleen.
Terminalia is often used to provide support for such digestive health issues as constipation, irritable bowel system, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, kidney stones, and hemorrhoids. It may help to maintain regular elimination in order to clear accumulated toxins in the gut. By supporting the removal of body toxins in a natural way, it may help boost metabolism, improve energy, reduce hypertension, and improve overall digestive health.
Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra)
Phyllanthus niruri is one of the best teas for digestive problems. It has been traditionally used to help the immune and lymphatic systems combat viruses and bacteria, support the digestive system and renal system, and reduce stress on the pancreatic system.
By supporting healthy liver function Phyllanthus can support the body’s healthy cortisol metabolism, modulating the negative effects of “the stress hormone.” It also supports the liver in its production of bile. In short, bile is an essential component to digestion. Bile interacts with both water and fat, allowing the intestines to more easily emulsify and absorb fat. This process helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.
Phyllanthus niruri can be purchased as an herbal tea, an extract, or a powder. Terminalia can be purchased as a bulk herbal extract or in 100 gram (50-serving) boxes as GURGLE! Digestive Health Support.
Learn more about how you can find support for digestive problems by reading our FAQs — the Phyllanthus FAQ and the Terminalia FAQ. We encourage you to do your research and base your health decisions on science.