Your digestive system is the passageway for nutrients to be broken down and utilised by the body. It is these nutrients that maintain our basic body functions and the way we feel and function everyday. To ensure we are making the most of the foods we eat, we must take care of our digestive system and set up the right conditions for food to be received.
Herbal bitters, such as dandelion, milk thistle, and globe artichoke have long been used to support digestion, enhance absorption of nutrients from the food we eat, and prevent the likelihood of bloating and digestive discomfort.
As highly refined and processed foods have become more readily available, we’ve wandered away from the hunting and wild-harvesting that made up most of our ancestors’ diets. As such, we’ve lost the bitterness of foods, and found solace in the sweet, salty, and savoury flavours. I don’t know about you but this certainly makes us question the rise of digestive ailments, and whilst many elements of modern living are likely to contribute to these, surely so too does the evolution of our diet and what we have lost in the processing of foods.
Whilst once they were wild-harvested and consumed or brewed fresh, we have made the same gut-loving goodness available to you in a botanical tea blend: Digest WELL.
The bitterness received by your tastebuds triggers the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes. This is essential for the breakdown of your food, and better digestion which equals better absorption (taking nutrients from your digestive system into your bloodstream). Some studies have even shown bitters to stimulate the secretion of gastrointestinal hormones, positively affecting appetite, assisting in the maintenance of healthy body weight and composition (1, 2).
Let’s Zoom in on the Key Bitters…
Digest WELL is a blend of Dandelion Root, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Ginger, Fennel, Milk Thistle, Globe Artichoke, Vanilla, and Blue Cornflower.
St Marys Thistle Silybum marinarum
Part used: seed
Milk Thistle (St Marys Thistle) has been used for over 2000 years, mainly for its ‘hepatoprotective’ (liver protector), digestive tonic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Silymarin, the group of its key active constituents, help to protect liver cells by reducing the binding of toxins and offering antioxidant activity. Its rich tannin content and bitter taste may help to gently stimulate and support digestion (3, 4, 5).
Dandelion Root Taraxacum officinale
Parts used: roots and leaves
Both the root and leaves of dandelion have been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. The root lending a loving hand to the liver, whilst the leaves being a little more specific to the kidneys. Dandelion gently stimulates the liver and gallbladder to promote proper digestion and detoxification. Its high inulin, mucilage, and pectin content has shown to encourage various bifido-bacteria to thrive, supporting a healthy microbiome (5, 6).
Globe Artichoke Cynara scolymus
Parts used: leaves
As with the others, globe artichoke has long been recognised to assist our natural digestion and detoxification processes. It helps to stimulate bile flow from the gallbladder and liver, supporting us in digesting the fats we consume. It’s a carminative, helping to relieve flatulence. And, like milk thistle helps to protect and restore liver cells. More recently, globe artichoke has shown also to be supportive for healthy blood lipid levels (5, 7).
BEST WAY TO USE OUR NEW BOTANICAL TEA BLENDS
We suggest using the teas as a daily ritual, starting the day with Digest WELL, to gently stimulate and awaken the digestive system…and ending the day with Digest SOOTHE to relax the mind and belly.
HOW TO BREW
STEEP & SERVE: Use 1-2tsp per 250ml cup. Place in a teapot or strainer and infuse for 5-15 minutes, depending on preferred taste. Enjoy 1-3times daily, hot or cold.
SLOW & STRONG: Use 2-3tsp per 250ml cup. Place in a teapot or jar and infuse for 6-8hours or overnight. Strain and keep in the fridge for 48hours. Enjoy cold or top up with hot water.
Note: For optimal goodness, cover your infusion whilst brewing.
Our teas are formulated by our in-house Naturopath, Holistic Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist.
If you have a medical condition, are taking medication, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult a qualified health professional before using.
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