TEAS TO ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS OF GUT DYSBIOSIS – SIBO, PARASITES, YEAST OVERGROWTH & LEAKY GUT6th February 2019
Gut microbiota perform an important job.
- They give us energy by synthesising nutrients;
- They’re involved in healthy digestion, absorption & assimilation;
- They reinforce the gut barrier, protect against pathogens and gut injury by ferment carbohydrates to create short chain fatty acids such as butyric acid that heal gut lining;
- They’re involved in motility also know as peristalsis;
- They help detoxify, neutralise drugs & carcinogens;
- They manipulate what we eat so can affect what we crave;
- They’re involved in creating a healthy immune system e.g.preventing upper respiratory tract infections as well as seasonal allergies, eczema and dermatitis;
- They influence brain, liver, kidney, skin & vaginal tract function;
- They produce & modulate hormones, neurotransmitters and metabolites which affect mood, cognition, appetite, sleep;
- They balance metabolism and help manage weight;
- They protect macromolecules (DNA, proteins, lipids) from oxidative damage; and
- They can influence the mate we choose.
But when they are out of balance, also known as gut dysbiosis, symptoms can occur. Gut dysbiosis presents as a loss of diversity, a reduction in core healthy, friendly bacteria, an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeast and a decreased microbiome function.
Symptoms you can experience include: bloating, wind, burping, colic, distention, pain, nausea, food intolerances, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut (also known as increased intestinal permeability allows contents such as bacterial metabolites & molecules as well as bacteria themselves to leak through the submucosa & into the systemic circulation), inflammation, itchy bottom and cravings. Sound familiar?
Addressing the underlying causes or contributing factors of gut dysbiosis is paramount. These include:
- Antibiotic use, other medications such as the oral contraceptive pill, pain medication or the wrong probiotics.
- Poor diet – high sugar intake, processed foods, vegetables oils, additives. Food intolerances. Inflammatory foods.
- Poor digestion, poor oral health & overuse of laxatives.
- Toxic chemicals.
- Increased sanitation.
- Lack of exercise.
- Infections e.g. traveller’s diarrhoea – never well since.
A naturopath, integrative GP or nutritionist will be adept at diagnosing and treating the imbalance.
In the meantime, herbal teas can alleviate symptoms and are very effective during a treatment protocol in speeding up the healing process.
The Ovvio Digestive Teas have been naturopathically formulated to assist.
NO: 73 HAPPY BOWELS ORGANIC TEA is the herbalist’s choice. Traditionally used to cleanse the bowels, constipation, congestion and sluggishness. Drink 1-2 cups upon rise and 1-2 cups before bed.
NO: 40 CHAMOMILE DAYS ORGANIC TEA for irritable bowel symptoms such as alternating diarrhoea and constipation and stress induced symptoms. Drink 3-4 cups per day.
NO: 31 MARSHMALLOW SOOTHE ORGANIC TEA A silky elixir to soften and treat. Ease into a state of balm. This tea is excellent for the symptoms of leaky gut – gut healing and repair. Drink 3-4 cups per day.
AS SEEN ON THE PALEO WAY PROGRAM WITH PETE EVANS, AIRING ON NETFLIX – NO: 60 NOURISH TUMMY ORGANIC TEA (formerly called NOURISH AROMATIC TEA). This dear and precious tea is like a big bear hug for your tummy. Warming, soothing and comforting. Alleviates all gut symptoms. Drink 3-4 cups per day.
NO: 32 CLARITY SAGE ORGANIC TEA Walk among verdant gardens, mastering the art of mindfulness. Cool, calm and collected. Indicated for poor cognition: brain fog, poor memory, poor focus and clarity. Soothes a stressed out gut. Drink 3-4 cups per day.
NO: 24 CINNAMON GINGER SOUL ORGANIC TEA (formerly called SILK ROAD SPICE ORGANIC TEA) Warming and soothing. Helps alleviate symptoms of bloating and nausea. Indicated for a cold constitution and poor circulation (it’s quite warming). Drink 3 cups per day.