Plants That Gently Support Gut Health
It’s no secret that what you eat, and drink has a fundamental role in your gut, metabolism, and weight loss. What you probably didn’t know? Some of the gut and metabolism boosting plants, both native and non-native can be found in our collection of gut health teas, and even in your backyard!
Here is a list of native and non-native plants that are naturopath proven to support gut health, boost metabolism, and support weight management.
This stunning native is referred to as the Queen of Australian Bush Plants, and it’s no surprise! Lemon Myrtle contains the highest plant concentration of citral (>90%) which can help to stimulate the digestive system and alleviate bloating. It also has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties and can help to reduce stress.
Not only an amazing source of fibre (3.4 grams per cup), but beetroot is also known to be a heart helper as it oxygenates the blood and helps to support blood pressure. Beetroot has also been proven to be rich in polyphenols, which support healthy gut bacteria, based on evidence:A, B and C, and exert an antioxidant effect, based on evidence: A, B, C and D.
Native Australian Lemongrass (Maarr) has been proven to support weight loss by reducing lipid levels and its performance as an anti-obesity as based on evidence: A and B. and has been shown to have antioxidant properties as based on evidence: A, B and C. It’s also been found by the University Of Queensland to be as effective as aspirin at treating pain and inflammation.
This native is rich in Vitamin C, which promotes the use of fat stores during moderate exercise, reduces fat accumulation in the cells and promotes healthy blood sugar levels to prevent fat retention, based on evidence: A and B. It’s also been shown to be a potent antioxidant based on evidence: A, B and C,
This fiery plant supports a healthy metabolism by stimulating thermogenesis to increase energy and heat production in the body, promoting healthy thyroid hormone function based on evidence: A and B. Ginger also stimulates fat loss based on evidence: A, B, C, D and E and boosts the metabolism, based on evidence: A and B.
Traditional Mint isn’t only great for your breath, it has also been proven to reduce gut discomfort, bloating, cramping and flatulence via it’s anti-inflammatory action on the gut as based on evidence A and B, its ability to increase digestive enzyme secretion as based on A and B and via its ability to normalise intestinal movement and reduce spasmodic intestinal contractions as based on evidence A, B and C. Mint relieves indigestion and calms the stomach as based on evidence A, B and C.
Not only is Hibiscus a delicious antioxidant powerhouse, it also helps to prevent the absorption of carbohydrate starches and rich source of polyphenols as based on evidence A, B and C, a source of antioxidants as based on evidence A, B and C, and support liver function as based on evidence A and B.
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