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 seeds (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. Similarly, black pepper and white pepper help in keeping your gut happy naturally!
Use fennel seeds to add flavour to food. It is also 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). Fennel seeds have anti-bacterial properties. 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.
When to eat:
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.
Best way to eat:
Add them to meat preparations for an authentic Italian flavour. You can also use it while marinating fish and chicken, and to flavour eggs. You can also sprinkle it on soups and salads 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.
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 reduced the formation of intestinal gas, providing a natural solution to an embarrassing problem.
It is very useful to combat gas and constipation. Its anti-spasmodic actions soothe the gut and restore the tone of the lack muscles of the colon. White pepper helps to ease constipation. It also helps to build an appetite. Use it in soups (both clear and thick), stir fried and baked vegetables. It has a thermogenic effect (helps burn calories) and is a very valuable spice cause for sluggish digestion.
Take 1.5 grams (quarter teaspoon) of black pepper (powder) and white pepper powder twice a day to get maximum benefits. For a personalised diet plan, call toll-free 1800-891-8131 and book your appointment with our experts.