When bloating, cramping, or heartburn strikes, my brain goes into (WTF) detective mode, calculating every last morsel that passed my lips and evaluating it after the fact as a potential threat. (CSI: dinner plate edition.)
Instead of trying to eliminate everything that might cause an issue, what if you could feel better by adding certain foods?
Clinical herbalist Guido Masé prefers this route. Masé, the co-owner of Urban Moonshine-whose organic bitters are designed to get your digestive system in tip-top shape-and author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants, explains that this type of stomach distress can be caused by the absence of important foods in our diet-and fixed by adding them.
Strongly scented herbs, for example, help control the nausea, gas, spasms, and cramping associated with everything from motion sickness to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Masé says. "They relax the smooth muscle bands that line our digestive tract," he says.
Here, Masé shares his short list of foods and herbs that help ease digestive distress the natural way. And thanks to the strong connections between the gut and all facets of health, they might also rev your metabolism and leave you with glow-y skin. (Bonus!)