Spices and spiced tea concoctions for better digestion, absorption and a healthier gut

Updated: May 17, 2018

Brews made with aromatic super spices can perk up both body and spirits

For thousands of years, mind-body medicine has touted the science of food, revealing how herbs and spices can be carefully crafted to ease digestion and stabilize our overall physical health — as well as our emotional health, and consciousness.

Poor assimilation can affect the absorption of nutrients in our bodies and impact the metabolic process, building up toxins. Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center states, “Our gut plays a major role, not only in our gastrointestinal health, but in the health and well-being of the entire body.”

Sluggish digestion and poor gut health can wage dilemmas on sleep, energy levels, enthusiasm and our overall general health. Harvard Medical School publishes that, “The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.” Whether it be clarity of thought, weight management, or emotional equanimity, our digestion and gut-health reign supreme.

How we eat, what we eat, and when we eat, are all important factors that affect our digestion. Fortunately, we can refer to ancient spice concoctions and recipes that support the absorption and assimilation of nutrients to assist healthy metabolism and optimal gut health.

Adding spices to your diet can relieve digestive disturbances, kindle your way back to better metabolism and boost a healthy gut instinct. Spices can be sautéed and added to your favorite cooked dishes, or included as a garnish for soups and raw meals. And one of the easiest ways to consume them, and one of the most delicious, is through natural tea concoctions.

Here are three tea recipes you can make to aid with digestion.