Healthy GI Tract
“All disease begins in the gut” – a famous quote attributed to Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek physician, is in line with Ayurveda’s understanding of how one’s lifestyle choices, particularly related to the digestive system and gut health, can influence keeping of good health or development of disease.
While all diseases might not start in the gut, recent research suggests that many chronic metabolic diseases possibly originate in the gut. The Ayurvedic system of Indian medicine has always placed great importance to a healthy digestive system which includes the GI tract, and Ayurveda documents some of the best herbs and supplements for gut health. Having a healthy gut can not only improve physical health, but it can also positively impact mental well-being.
Our gut is home to trillions of bacteria, called the microbiome, that play a critical role in digestion and nutrient absorption, in addition to performing several other important functions that impact various body systems. However, lifestyle stresses and improper diet choices can negatively impact gut health. You might start facing issues such as upset stomach, gas, bloating, sleep disturbances, and probably a constant feeling of fatigue. How to improve gut health when stress has so deeply permeated our lives is a question that needs some thought.
In addition to adopting healthy lifestyle practices such as meditation and daily exercise, Ayurveda recommends some of the best herbs and supplements for gut health that can, with regular use and when combined with lifestyle modifications, restore digestion, and improve gut health.
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Elephant foot yam is a tropical tuber crop and is consumed as a vegetable in various cuisines of South Asia, Southeast Asia and some Pacific ocean islands. Ayurveda mentions various health benefits of elephant foot yam corm, which is the swollen underground plant stem, and Ayurveda finds the corm to be one of the best herbs and supplements for gut health. The elephant foot yam corm is pungent and astringent in taste and it is known to assist digestion. It is also known to maintain normal bowel movement in healthy individuals and can help in occasional cases of constipation arising due to indigestion.
Ayurveda approaches health and wellness holistically, focusing specifically on maintaining gut health and exploring several approaches on how to improve gut health, if it is not functioning optimally. Digestive health comprises two major aspects, one – to have a healthy digestive fire (agni) and two – to maintain a diverse microbiome of healthy gut bacteria. The best herbs and supplements for gut health usually act on both fronts, of healthy digestion and healthy elimination. By supporting absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins, one can help restore a conducive ecosystem for the good gut bacteria to flourish and thus improve gut health.
Another untapped botanical that can help improve digestion is Cashew apple. Though not a true fruit, cashew apple is known to be an effective preparation to maintain digestion and improve gut health. Ayurveda mentions that cashew apple has ‘Deepana’ property, which means that it supports digestion by kindling the digestive fire or agni.
Principal Ingredient - Elephant Foot Yam Corm
Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus campanulatus), is a tropical tuber crop and the corm is used to make curries, pickles or chutneys in certain parts of India.
Ayurveda has mentioned the use of the corm in vitiated conditions of kapha and vata.
Principal Ingredient - Cashew apple
The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale), is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. The cashew apple is light reddish to yellow and in botanical terms is an accessory fruit.
According to Ayurveda, cashew apple is useful in vitiated conditions of kapha and vata.