The Ayurvedic Powders That Can Boost Your Digestive Health

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Our digestive health is at the heart of our overall physical and mental health. The gastrointestinal tract works hard to break down our food and extract all the essential nutrients and vitamins that our body needs to function properly. 

When it is in optimum condition, we have more energy and vitality, and will probably have a more robust immune system. There’s also plenty of evidence to link gut health with our emotional stability and mood, so good digestion can also promote better mental health. 

It’s well known that eating a well balanced diet with a good mix of fibre, protein, and carbs and only small amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fats can support the digestive system, and also boost our energy levels and overall well being. However, it can be difficult to get all the nutrients we need, even from a diverse daily diet. 

People who are prone to digestive issues such as acid reflux, bloating, or constipation may find it particularly difficult to achieve a comfortable digestive state. Many people find a solution in the ancient ayurveda system of medicine, which has roots in the Indian subcontinent and has been used as a holistic approach to healthcare for centuries. 

Ayurvedic powders are made from dried herbs, roots, fruits, seeds or flowers that are known to have powerful therapeutic properties. Here are some of the powders that are particularly used to support digestion, gut health, and detoxification.

  • Triphala

Triphala is a Sanskrit term that means ‘three fruits.’ The powder is formulated from a combination of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), which are native to the Indian subcontinent. It is traditionally used to ease constipation because of its mild laxative properties.

Moreover, triphala may also have an antioxidant effect due to its high vitamin C content, which can help to protect the body’s cells from oxidative damage. This can slow down the effects of ageing and may help to prevent the development of serious diseases and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  

Triphala also has a gentle detoxifying action by drawing out unhelpful substances, which can support liver function. Overall, it’s believed to improve the diversity of the gut bacteria and to support the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract.

  • Licorice root

Licorice root, also known asmulethi, yastimadhu, or sweetwood, is one of the first forms of herbal medicine. It has been traditionally used to soothe stomach upsets, reduce the inflammation caused by acid reflux or infections, and to ease the discomfort caused by stomach ulcers. 

The sweet taste and antimicrobial properties of licorice also make it a popular addition to hot drinks, and it’s often used to soothe sore throats, coughs, colds, and other viruses. 

  • Ginger powder

Ginger powder has been used for centuries to improve digestion, and it is a well-known remedy for nausea and vomiting. It has powerful chemical properties including gingerols, gingerdione and shogaol, which can ease bloating and trapped wind and ease the symptoms of dyspepsia. 

Many people also enjoy the spicy tangy taste of ginger, and it can be used as a flavouring in hot drinks, porridge, curry, and baked goods. 

  • Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright saffron yellow powder that is traditionally used in East Asian cuisine as a flavouring for curries and many other dishes. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which may help to improve the diversity of gut bacteria and has a protective effect against inflammation and ulcers. 

The antioxidant properties of turmeric may also have a detoxification effect in the digestive tract, and it may reduce inflammation in the body and promote wound healing and healthy skin. There is some research to suggest that turmeric can help to stabilise blood sugar levels.

Turmeric has an earthy and slightly citrusy flavour with peppery top notes, and it is a popular seasoning for a variety of dishes, including rice, soups, stews, and pasta. It also adds a beautiful rich colouring to sauces, marinades, cheese-based dishes, and so on. Some people even enjoy it as part of a hot beverage. 

It’s important to remember that these powders should be used as part of a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing, rather than a replacement for a well balanced diet, stress management techniques, and regular exercise.

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