Our gut nourishing blend was formulated to aid with a common symptom of autoimmune, Leaky Gut, also known as intestinal permeability. The earthy-sweet blend consists of mucosal supporting plants like Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm, and Licorice, which may help by soothing inflammation along the digestive tract and supporting overall gut health. Additionally, the blend combines warming Ayurvedic spices like Cinnamon and refreshing herbs like Peppermint & Rosehip that make for a soothing gut-friendly cup of tea.
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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.
- Mucliagenous demulcent
- Bulking laxative
Slippery elm is another powerful herb used for soothing mucous membrane irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. Because of its unique properties, it can simultaneously soothe and astringe (read: tighten) the tissues of the intestinal lining which is perfect when trying to restore a healthy intestinal barrier. A small clinical trial showed that a formulation containing slippery elm improved the bowel habits and symptoms of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. This is likely due to the fiber content which is thought to reduce gastrointestinal transit time, act as a bulk forming laxative, and adsorb toxins. Furthermore, mucosal biopsies from patients with active ulcerative colitis incubated with slippery elm showed a dose-dependent reduction in oxygen free radicals, making slippery elm a powerful anti-oxidant as well.
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.
- Cholagogue and Choleretic
Peppermint has a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive system. It decreases gas, dyspepsia, and intestinal spasms while stimulating the flow of bile and digestive enzymes. The volatile oils found naturally in peppermint act as a mild anesthetic to the stomach wall, reducing dyspepsia and discomfort. Peppermint volatile oils relieve gastrointestinal symptoms by regulating calcium channel-dependent processes within the stomach, small intestine and colon. Both peppermint oil and menthol, a major ingredient in peppermint, produce antispasmodic effects in these systems through diminishing calcium influx, making peppermint a key ingredient in any tummy soothing formulation.
- 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.