“Tomorrow night is the neighborhood Harvest Festival, Tuesday night is a potluck at our church, and the following evening is truck-or-treat.” If this sounds even remotely like your upcoming schedule, this list is for you!  Between over indulging on candy or just all the seasonal baking and gatherings with friends and family, we have just what you need to get back to feeling your best! Here is a list of our top 5 stomachache remedies. 

Activated Charcoal

This flavorless, richly black powder is highly porous which makes it an excellent tool for detoxing and soothing the stomach. Activated charcoal becomes “activated” when exposed to oxygen while at high temperates. This process makes the charcoal highly porous. But don’t get activated charcoal and the briquets you use for the grill confused, grilling charcoal has not been subjected to the oxygen at high temperature. In addition, chemicals toxic to consume for humans may have been included. Activated charcoal is typically created using coconut shells or hardwood. The difference between the two is indistinguishable but those with a coconut allergy may choose to use hardwood.

How does it work?

Because activated charcoal is negatively charged and has a highly porous texture, charcoal attracts positively charged molecules like toxins and gasses. This process is known as adsorption. The toxins bind to the charcoal and then are eliminated from the body via stool.

How to take it?

One of the best properties of activated charcoal is its complete lack of flavor as well as the ease to which it can be added to beverages. Simply mix a teaspoon into water or other beverage. In fact, it can effortlessly be mixed into foods as well like apple sauce, yogurt and oatmeal. In addition, charcoal can be encapsulated and taken as pills.

Ginger Root

Although technically not a root but rather a rhizome of the Zingiber officinale plant, ginger is a powerful tool in alleviating stomachaches, nausea, and indigestion. As a culinary spice, in Europe and North America ground ginger is most often used in baking and in desserts. In Indian and Asian cuisines, it is typically used in savory dishes.Ginger Root Whole

How does it work?

Shogoals and gingerols, exhibit a whole host of benefits including, anticancer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. Shogoals are found in the dehydrated ginger whereas ginger’s are the major components of fresh ginger rhizomes. Ginger’s abundance of phytochemicals and antioxidants also boost immunity, cleanse the lymphatic system, kill fungal infections, and relieve inflammation and pain.

How to take it?

Ginger is both medicinal and delicious in beverages and foods. A simple tea can be used brewing dried or fresh Ginger and sweetened to taste with honey of we offer a delicious herbal blend featuring it. Culinary dishes featuring ginger is also an effective way to reap the benefits. Crystalized ginger is a delicious way to both benefit from it and enjoy a tasty treat. Ginger powder can be encapsulated as well.

Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder green tea, as well as black Ceylon tea, white tea and matcha, believe it or not, are all derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. What sets gunpowder green tea apart is both when and how it is harvested and stored. The term gunpowder refers to the appearance. When harvested, the leaves are rolled into tight balls that both preserve the flavor and caffeine levels but also gives it the resemble of grains of gunpowder.

Like most other green teas, gunpowder green helps to soothe inflammation. Its caffeine, catechins, and theanine content helps to make it a great tool in appetite suppression as well as a metabolism booster. Green tea is helpful in soothing inflammation as well as helping to fight free radicals thanks to its high levels of antioxidants. Green tea may also help to reduce blood sugar levels.

How does it Work?

Green tea is an effective tool for aiding digestion thanks to the polyphenols found in it.  These compounds help the body to break down food and ease the break down of food.  There are studies that show epigallocatechin gallate, a compound found in green tea, helps to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

How to take it?

Gunpowder green tea is absolutely delicious! It can be consumed both iced and hot and sweetened or not.  The regular consumption of this tea provides your body with a regular source of antioxidants, aids in digestion, helps to regulate blood sugar, all these benefits in one tea cup!

For the perfect cup of gunpowder green tea, put two teaspoons of tea pellets in cup; heat fresh filtered water to 165˚F and pour 8 oz over the  tea leaves; steep for 2 minutes or more, depending on how strong you want your tea. Once the time has elapsed, strain tea leaves and enjoy!

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