Speed Bump – Who Knew Stress Could Wreck Our Gut
Stress! What is stress and why is it important? There are life stressors such as financial issues, relationship issues, issues at your job, and health concerns to name a few. There are environmental stressors such as the toxins in our personal care products, the pesticides on our food, and toxic foods like sugar and bad fats.
None of us are immune to stress however; some of us deal with it better than others. What makes those who deal with stress efficiently, different from those that don’t deal with stress well? It could be that they are more aware of what stresses them out and they avoid those situations or maybe they practice stress-reducing tactics or both. I do think having a toolbox of ways to deal with the onslaught of stress is important however; I find one tool to trump the others.
When I nourish my gut I find that the stressors I deal with throughout the day are more like speed bumps than monumental mountains. I still have a toolbox of techniques to help reduce stress like communing with nature or deep breathing but I find when I nourish my gut I don’t need those other techniques as often.
When you are malnourished your body is dealing with not only the life stressors of financial, relationship or job issues it is dealing with the internal stress of not being able to perform optimally. To set ourselves up to deal with stress better we need to nourish our gut.
Vegetables and fruits are valuable allies for nourishing the gut but for this post we are going to look at herbs. We should cherish herbs for their nutrient density when it comes to nourishing ourselves. Here are four herbs that can help enhance your vitality and wellbeing when used consistently over time:
Parsley – we think of parsley as a garnish and not for the amazing herb that it is. Add a 1/4-cup of chopped parsley to your daily salad to reap parsley’s high vitamin K and C content and cleansing properties. The bitter taste of parsley promotes better digestion by signaling to the stomach that food is coming and to get ready.
Oregano – a wonderful antibacterial herb as well as an enhancer to digestion. Make your own salad dressing with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Thyme – an awesome antiviral. My go-to when I’ve been around someone who has a cold or flu. I steep a teaspoon or two of thyme in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the thyme and add a little lemon juice and raw honey to taste. Drink up!
Sage – you don’t hear much about sage unless you’re from Greece where they drink Greek mountain tea, which is a form of sage. Sage is prized for its anti-inflammatory benefits on the digestive system. Sage tea is a lovely way to get more of the benefits of sage in your life.
Herbs are a fantastic way help our body do its job more efficiently. They contain vitamins and minerals we need along with other properties such as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and/or antifungal. Get more herbs into your daily routine and you’ll be sure to see some positive results after consistent use.
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