Leaky Gut Herb Guide
Our digestive support blend was formulated to help support a healthy digestive system day in and day out. This earthy sweet mix consists of mucilaginous herbs like marshmallow root and licorice, which have historically been used to help promote healthy digestion. This special blend combines warming spices like cinnamon with soothing herbs such as chamomile, to make for a soothing and gut-friendly cup of tea.
Astringent Carminative Hemostatic Antibacterial Hypoglycemic Antioxidant Anti-inflammatory Immunomodulatory Anti-estrogenic
Cinnamon is not only comforting, but a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Hydroxycinnamaldehyde, an active component of cinnamon, has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting nitric oxide production through inhibiting NF-kappaB. As leaky gut can easily increase systemic inflammation, having this powerful anti-inflammatory on board is essential. Cinnamon is also a powerful carminative and can be used to reduce the uncomfortable bloating that so often accompanies leaky gut.
- Adrenal modulator
- Mild laxative
Licorice is most known for its soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes of the throat, lungs, stomach and intestines. By replenishing this mucosal lining, licorice helps to repair the barrier that is damaged in leaky gut. One study comparing licorice to a pharmaceutical medication designed to stop the recurrence of ulcers found that licorice was as effective as its synthetic counterpart. This is due to licorice’s ability to preserve that mucosal barrier. Licorice is also used as an adrenal modulator (great for reducing the emotional stress that often contributes to the formation of leaky gut). Glycyrrhizic acid, one of the main constituents of licorice, also decreases inflammation by enhancing movement of leukocytes towards inflamed areas.
Marshmallow is a nutritive demulcent (moistening) herb used for soothing mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract. It reduces inflammation, soothes ulcers, alleviates both diarrhea and constipation, and restores the integrity of tight junctions (so important in leaky gut). Marshmallow can also prevent heartburn, stomach ulcers, diarrhea and constipation. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, essential in reducing the effects of any autoimmune disease. And if you’re wondering, yes: the original marshmallows were made from marshmallow root sap, so much healthier and more delicious than what’s manufactured today.
- Immune Modulating
Rose hips, the underappreciated fruit of the rose plant, are a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids. Vitamin C supports the immune system, enhances the integrity of connective tissue, and reduces inflammation. Rose hips also have antioxidant properties which support the cardiovascular system. One recent study showed that obese individuals given rose hip over 6 week’s time showed an improvement in the markers for heart disease including systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Lastly, rose hips are mucilaginous and coat and soothe the mucus membranes including the throat, stomach and intestines. Studies show that rose hips reduce the risk of ulcers by altering the pH balance of the stomach and slow the contraction of intestinal muscles in cases of diarrhea or spasm. Lastly, rose hips also contain pectin which can bind toxins and metals allowing for detoxification.