8 Best Natural Methods to Treat Digestive Problems

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8 Best Natural Methods to Treat Digestive Problems

I know too many people that have become accustomed to living with digestive disorders such as abdominal pain and bloating, irritable bowel and constipation. Digestive problems are particularly common in Western society and have become part of the daily routine of many of us, but in normal condition they are not supposed to appear at all.

Gastrointestinal disorders may suggest more serious diseases, such as anemia, caused by a lack of certain dietary components in our body. The most common problems related to the digestive tract are diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, bowel inflammation, heartburn and stomach ulcers. These usually result from several reasons:

Poor nutrition: loads of sugars and simple carbohydrates, consumption of artificial sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol, avoiding dietary fiber and eating too much food.

Unhealthy lifestyle: smoking, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, eating before bedtime and emotional stress.

Allergy and food sensitivity: food sensitivity can be caused by a lack of lactase which is responsible for breaking down milk sugar, or because the immune system mistakenly identifies the food as dangerous component and therefore works against it.

Viral infections: infections that damage the digestive system and lead to many diseases such as under-active thyroid gland, diabetes or a hiatal hernia.

Medications: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics that destroys the friendly bacteria in the gut, synthetic hormones and laxatives may all affect the function of the digestive system.

To address fundamentally related gastrointestinal diseases it is recommended to pass medical diagnosis and develop a personal treatment program. Besides, there are many natural ways that will allow you to ease the symptoms of digestive problems:

  1. Use herbal medicine

Herbal infusions have several advantages when it comes to digestive problems: they adsorb gases, reduce stress, help blood flow to the digestive system and eliminate various pollutants. Using herbs is recommended for those suffering from constipation or diarrhea, intestinal infections, irritable bowel and ulcers.

Make infusion of lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint and fennel seeds. Steep for ten minutes in hot water, strain and drink. It is recommended to do this at least three times a day. Please note that heartburn sufferers should avoid peppermint that increase gastric pH. Also refer to my article about the top 10 herbs to improve digestion.

If you are interested in herbal remedies, you can find very useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide, that will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.


2. Consume friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes

Probiotic bacteria strengthen the intestine by handling pollutants that penetrate the intestine, and digestive enzymes such as bromelain and papain help improve digestion processes. Probiotic bacteria can be found naturally in yogurt enriched with these bacteria, or you can purchase a supplement in health food stores. Digestive enzymes are more difficult to get through food, but you can find still a small amount of them in pineapple and papaya (find here a delicious recipe for digestive smoothie).

In many cases there is a connection between skin problems or infections in the body and lack of friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes. Therefore they are recommended for those suffering from digestive problems. It is best to consult a doctor regarding the type of bacteria and enzymes and their dose. Read here more about probiotics in my article 9 reasons to take probiotics.

 3. Handle emotional stress

Many digestive problems result from stressful lifestyle. Women especially suffer from it, and the common and best known disorder is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Finding the causes of the stress and treating them will regulate the digestion process in the body. You can relieve stress through therapies such as acupuncture or reflexology, combining herbs with calming properties like lemon balm and hops, and the use of soothing essential oils like lavender or chamomile oil. You can find more information in my article about 14 effective natural remedies for stress and anxiety.


As a side note, stress is a key contributor to digestive problems, but also to other diseases such as diabetes, high thyroid activity and heart problems.

4. Change eating habits

Unhealthy food can overload the digestive system and cause various problems, but so the way we eat may affect the process. Changing your eating habits can improve any digestive problem which you are suffering from:
– Eat in a relaxed atmosphere without pressure.
– Concentrate on eating and avoid watching television or reading a newspaper at dinner.
– Chew your food well before swallowing.

You can find more information about healthy eating and nutrition in my e-book Effortless Healthy Eating which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.


5. Locate an allergy or food sensitivity

In many cases, digestive problems result from a food allergy or sensitivity to it. It is recommended to remove some of the foods for a while and see the effect: dairy products, citrus fruits, shellfish, peanuts, nuts, chocolate, eggs, caffeine and fish. In this “elimination diet”, which removed daily foods and combines them gradually back, you can more easily locate food sensitivity. Food allergy, however, can be checked through medical tests. You can also refer to my previous article about 10 symptoms of gluten sensitivity you probably didn’t know about.

6. Combine superfoods on the menu

Consume foods that contain a variety of components essential to our health and good for the digestive system, for example:
– North Sea fish. These fish contain omega-3, known as anti-inflammatory, so they are recommended for those suffering from intestinal inflammation. Find here more information about the amazing health benefits of omega-3.
Cabbage and cabbage juice. These contain the amino acid glutamine that eases inflammation in the digestive tract.
– Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds. These help to those suffering from constipation, but not for those suffering from diarrhea.

7. Detox

In many cases, excess toxins in the body causes various digestive problems. Toxins are fertile ground for the development of candida, white fungus that appears usually in genital area or gastrointestinal tract and interfere with their activities. reducing the consumption of sugary foods, foods of animal source and processed foods can help improve the situation. Specific foods that help eliminate toxins are algae, garlic, onions, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fruits and water. Detoxification is recommended for all people, especially those who suffer from digestive problems. For more helpful information about detox process, its many health benefits and various detox methods, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide.

8. Exercise regularly

Exercising helps to relieve stress and helps regulate digestion due to body movement. Combine in your exercise routine elements of cardio, aerobics and flexibility and feel the difference. Incorporating physical activities into your daily life is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Naturopathy believes that many diseases, including digestive diseases, are the product of poor nutrition. To solve the problem you must identify the causes of the problem, and then customize a treatment plan and diet. So if one of these methods helped you, share your experience with the readers, and tell which one you prefer the most.

Find below the top 10 herbal teas for better digestion:

Top 10 Herbal Teas That Will Work Wonders On Your Digestion

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20 Responses to 8 Best Natural Methods to Treat Digestive Problems

  1. Rupak Raj Duarah says:

    thanks a lot for your valuable suggations to make our life healthy & beautiful.

  2. Sharon says:

    A gluten free diet will heal your small intestine and eliminate your gastro problems, it also helps lupus, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases.

  3. tanusree says:

    what kind of food is applicable for digestive problem pls let us know.

  4. jayanthi says:

    Hi Jenny. Thanks a lot..your article of deep banana conditnor made wonder to hair..I started loving my hair.. Please suggest me one thing..when applying hot oil to scalp or steam treatment to face the pores get opened. What’s the tip to close those pores.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I get esophagus spasm daily. I also have an ulcer in my stomach for which I take Nexium but has not helped with spasms. Any suggestion of what would ease the spasms?

  6. nella says:

    I was diagnosed with a sliding Hiatal Hernia. I feel bloated all the time and now starting to feel middle back discomfort. Do you have any suggestions on how to help with a hiatal hernia?

  7. ankit says:

    Hi jeny, i m having problem of eaching so much whole day. Plz solve my problem by natural medicin. I m waiting for your reply

    • Jenny says:

      Your problem is too general and lacks a lot of information. It is impossible to give in this case an advice over the internet. Generally speaking, if you suffer a great pain the whole day, then it’s something that needs to be checked by your doctor who can perform the required tests and knows your medical history.

  8. Melody says:

    Hi Jenny. For the infusion that you describe here, how much of each do you use and can raw honey be added? Also, is this child friendly? Thanks

    “Make infusion of lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint and fennel seeds. Steep for ten minutes in hot water, strain and drink. It is recommended to do this at least three times a day. Please note that heartburn sufferers should avoid peppermint that increase gastric pH.”

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melody, when making an infusion, a common ratio is 1 teaspoon of herb mixture to 1 cup of water. This mixture is child friendly.

  9. marlene Singh says:

    Hi. I have a huge problem with memory loss and suffer with stomach gastro. Is there anything herbal I can take. I also suffer from insomnia. Need to take sleeping tabs everyday or else I can go for days without sleep.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I have a problem with flatulence and bloating what treatment would possibly work for me

  11. Melissa Mellie says:

    Thank you very much! Digestive problems are the common problem due to bad lifestyle habits. If you want a good digestive system you need to change your habits. That is good for your health.

  12. Faiza says:

    My digestive system problem is due to stress because I am very astute about my eating habits.

  13. Eugenia Munoz says:

    Hi i have stomach problems alot of inflammation bloating cant eat nauseous losing weight alot different symptoms extreme fatigue help? Any recommendations

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