Q. Dear Terry, “I’m looking for something to help my digestive issues when I travel. My digestion is usually sluggish and makes me feel bloated. I have to travel a lot for work, so ideally I would like something that’s safe to take long term.” — Anne P., Federal Way, WA
A. Dear Anne, In the traditional medicinal system of India – known as Ayurveda – there is a combination of herbs that has been used for thousands of years to support digestion and disease prevention. Some of the ingredients you may have heard of, like ginger and turmeric, while others may be new, like boerhavia and Indian tinospora.
Each of these herbs has been individually studied and recommended for centuries. They are powerful on their own, but when combined, have even greater health benefits. These herbs help to fight inflammation, stop stomach and digestive disorders, soothe and relax intestinal tissues, bolster the ability of the liver to detoxify, and much more.
These herbs are gentle enough to use every day, or just while traveling if needed.
I would take a combination of turmeric, greater galangal, andrographis, boerhavia, Indian laburnum, gotu kola, cyperus, licorice, East Indian sarsaparilla, long pepper, chebulic myrobalan, Indian tinospora, ginger, and curry tree each night before bed.
Additionally, you could consider adding boswellia because it helps to decrease inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. I would choose a boswellia standardized to naturally high levels of AKBA and low levels of beta-boswellic acid. You could take boswellia every day, or as needed.
Terry . . . Naturally
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