So, how can you maximise your journey?
Firstly – foods of choice.
Dr. Nat Kringoudis, a TCM Practitioner, outlines the importance of eating well and highlights a few key foods to include in your day to day eating.
“We’ve spoken about good gut function many times. A sluggish gut may in fact be leaving you with more than just a sore, bloated stomach. A gut that is inflamed and irritated will not only find it difficult to digest (meaning your body won’t get it’s daily nutrition quota) but equally our gut is our emotion center – likened to our second brain. We have thousands of receptors in our gut linked to our overall emotion state. You know, you’ve heard terrible news and felt it directly in your stomach? It’s not too difficult to feel the connection. So it isn’t any wonder that our foods will influence our overall attitude and outlook. One side of the coin lies with healing the gut with maximizing digestion through good nutrition alongside tiny tea and alike, the other side of the coin comes back to nourishing for wellbeing. This is why so many of our customers report much more than improved digestion and weight loss. Improved energy, a clearer mind, less anxiety and all round wellbeing are all part of a thriving digestive system.
Foods that are inflammatory like gluten, sugar, grains and alcohol can place extreme load on the digestive system. Gluten is particularly troublesome when it comes to gut damage. Wheat and various grains look very different from what they did 50 years ago. They have been modified to maximize crops and sadly this mutated form is to many, un-digestible. What’s more, with our gut health compromised, gluten can literally tear small holes in your gut wall, allowing undigested food to leak into your body. Your body sees this as a foreign toxin and literally freaks out in an effort to protect itself. Using healing foods alongside tiny tea is your sure fire way toward maximizing digestive ability and repairing your gut
Foods that help to balance oestrogen levels include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage and alike. They contain a nutrient called indole-3-carbinol which aid in lowering the bodies oestrogen. It’s important that these foods are cooked – eaten raw they can have an undesirable effect on the thyroid. Eat 2 – 3 serves daily to really experience the benefits.
Getting more fibrous plants into the diet is another excellent way of lowering oestrogen, since this type of fiber binds to its excess in the digestive system. Think fruits like strawberries, pears and apples alongside citrus fruits.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (essential fatty acids – aka EFA’s) are your best friend when it comes to balancing moods. These fats have a powerful role in improving the body’s cells ability to take up essential hormones including those necessary to regulate moods. Salmon is an excellent source of EFA’s – a single serve of around 200gm meets your daily requirements.
Eat more nuts. Not only are they highly nutritious, but they help to increase serotonin levels. Chocolate also has a similar effect.
And water – don’t forget the humble water. When we are hydrated we are happy – we look good, feel good, it helps increase our metabolism and concentration.
It’s important to remember that food does far more than just fill an empty spot. Food nourishes our body on almost every level, from our muscles and joints to our brain tissue and organs. Everything we consume will have an influence on our body. So next time you’re craving something on the ‘wrong’ side of the food chain, stop to think of what your body really needs – reaching for something to support your body, mind and soul may be the best remedy”.
In case you’re not aware, our Digestive Herbs, formerly Tiny Tea does not have a laxative effect. This is something we are very passionate about and differentiates us from all other ‘teatox’ brands on the market.
Just to recap, Dr. Nat explains the troubles laxatives teas can cause;
“Teas made with laxative ingredients undoubtedly give the intestines a clear out. However to think that stimulating the bowel can be useful in weight loss doesn’t actually make sense. Since digestion begins in your mouth, by the time your food has reached your bowels, it has been broken down and partially digested. By softening it in the later stages of the intestines is virtually useless as a weight loss technique since the process of digestion has been already in action. What’s more, using these kinds of teas long term are ineffective as they lead to dehydration. They will prevent the body from absorbing essential nutrients and over a period of time, you’ll end up eating more as your body goes into survival mode – that’s the worst kind of weight loss technique I’ve ever heard of!
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, when we take teas with laxative effects, we further weaken the spleen function. Other symptoms of a weak spleen lead to fatigue, stomach pain, emotional upset, dizziness and poor memory. A weak functioning spleen, will have trouble extracting nutrients from food which will eventually lead to severe overall depletion. For women, it creates a level of complexity around their menstrual cycle too”.
Always remember, we are always here to answer any questions you may have and help you along your journey – whether it be with Digestive Herbs, formerly Tiny Tea or any of our other blends. Your health is our priority and we always promise to support it to the best of our ability!