If you have weak digestion, you need to watch the types of food you eat and also take liver tonics to detoxify your liver. Fennel (saunf) is an excellent natural treatment for flatulence. It absorbs excess gas and reduces the feeling of pressure thus, prevents belching or passing of gas.
Fennel can be used to flavour food for added nutritional and health benefits. It is good for children because of its gentle effect. It benefits colic in small babies and reduces stomach aches in people of all ages (as it contains aspartic acid which helps expel gas from stomach).
When to eat fennel seeds
Fennel seeds are mostly eaten after meals. It is an excellent mouth freshener and can simply be chewed to get most of its benefits. Fennel can be used in a dose of 1 tsp three times a day. While black pepper (powdered) and white pepper powder can be used as 1.5 grams (quarter tsp) twice a day.
Best way to eat fennel seeds
Fennel seeds, can be added to meat dishes to give an authentic Italian flavour. It is used to marinate fish, chicken and to flavour eggs. It can be sprinkled on soups, salads etc to enhance the flavour. Dishes like dal and sambhar taste good when seasoned with it. Some components of the essential oils in fennel stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices, reduce inflammation of stomach, intestines, and help in absorption of nutrients from the food.
It helps control acidity due to its basic properties, so is extensively used in antacid formulations. It is also an appetizer. When used in powdered form, fennel seeds act as laxative. Its stimulating effect helps to maintain the proper peristaltic movement of the intestines thus helping in proper excretion.
About fennel seeds
Fennel has anti-bacterial properties and it acts as disinfectant because of certain components found in essential oils present in it. Some amino acids such as histidine aid digestion and proper functioning of digestive system, thus helping to cure diarrhea due to indigestion.
Another important kitchen spice that will help your family is black pepper. It helps reduce gas and helps digest food due to its beneficial effect of stimulating hydrochloric acid production. Hydrochloric acid is naturally produce by your stomach for the digestion of proteins and other food components. Some individual produce less hydrochloric acid and food may sit in the stomach for an extended period of time causing it to ferment and leading it to gas, heart burn and indigestion. Black pepper is known to reduce the formation of intestinal gas thus providing a natural solution to an embarrassing problem.
White pepper is also very useful to combat gas and constipation. White pepper’s and anti-spasmodic actions soothes the gut and restores the tone of the lack muscles of the colon and helps to ease constipation. It also helps to build an appetite. It can be used in soups (both clear and thick), in stir fried and in baked vegetables. It has a thermogenic effect (helps burn calories) and is a very valuable spice cause for sluggish digestion.