When your tummy is not feeling so good and digestion not functioning as well as you like, reaching for spices may not be the first thing on your mind… but in terms of prevention of problems in the intestine, many spices have amazing healing properties and some are particularly kind to digestion.
Help could be at hand in your store cupboard!
Black pepper: This common spice has a stimulating effect on digestive organs, and can help increase the flow of saliva and gastric juices. Grind freshly cracked pepper on just about anything.
Cardamom: A slightly sweet spice, it helps boost your digestive fire and removes flatulence. Sprinkle with cinnamon over hot breakfast rice or add to cooked beans for an exotic Indian flavor.
Coriander: This seed contains oils that offer high levels of cell-protecting antioxidants. It also works like an antispasmodic drug, relaxing the contractive digestive muscles that cause discomfort from disorders such as IBS. Use coriander in hearty stews or in spice rubs on roasts.
Cumin: Commonly used in Indian and Mexican foods, it helps relieve flatulence. For nearly instant relief, chew a spoonful of seeds, or brew a tea from seeds and drink after a meal.
Ginger: Fresh root ginger is best. Ginger has amazing digestive properties – reducing stomach cramps and discomfort, help overcome nausea and is also great for coughs and colds.
Turmeric: This root has anti-inflammatory properties, and is traditionally used to help heal cuts, bruises and burns. Raw turmeric juice can also be used to treat hyper-acidity and indigestion. Its also a great one for sore throats.
Here’s to happier tummies and spicier lives… what’s your favourite?