Fact: When you are less stressed out, you digest better.
We may be used to tuning out stress, but living in constant fight-or-flight survival mode is a killer for the gut microbiome.
(Microbiome = the living ecosystem comprised of your body’s bacteria—the one that plays an integral part in keeping you healthy. Or not.)
Today we’re highlighting a very special herbal concoction, Rest & Digest. 20 drops of this 30 minutes before a meal is going to have a highly noticeable impact on your digestive system. It works two ways—one, by creating a ritual before mealtime to tell your body to slow down, and two, with targeted herbs to relax you.
This helps your whole body slow down before a meal so not only do you get more into your body, you allow your blood flow to increase in your digestive tract so that you can really fully digest.
Watch today’s Guts & Glory Podcast featuring me and guest host herbalist Lauren of Wooden Spoon Herbs talk about this all natural herbal remedy for busting stress and upping digestion at the same time.
Scientists are finding that our gut microbiome interacts with so many parts of our life. More and more studies show that not only does stress kill your gut microbiome, it also is really bad on your levels of anxiety and depression.
One thing that helps the microbiome flourish is to slow down at mealtimes. I know—so simple and yet so huge. This is the first thing I recommend to anyone who wants to have better digestion, more energy, and immunity.
But you’re also going to want herbal support. Like peppermint, which, besides tasting great, alkalizes acids in the stomach. Catnip stimulate your digestion to get it going and it’s also gently calming. And fennel is used around the world as a digestive aid.
The Rest & Digest formula has all three of these in a tincture bottle that you can take before a meal. This custom formula is from Wooden Spoon Herbs, a small batch apothecary. There’s a limited supply available at SummerBock.com/Shop.
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Summer: Welcome, everyone. I'm Summer Bock, and this is Lauren Haynes.
This is the Guts and Glory blogcast, and we're going to talk today about a very special herbal concoction. We call this Rest and Digest. Sometimes we call it Destress and Digest. Whew, that was a close call. We're going to just show you how we take it. Get full dropper here. That's about 20 drops when you just naturally squeeze and release. You get about 20 drops. You put it in a shot glass of water. Then you can either bottoms it up like this party girl, or you can sip on it like this dainty lady.
Lauren: It's like a nice dinner mint.
Summer: It's really nice taste. This is a tincture that's got peppermint, catnip, fennel, ginger, and grain alcohol. The alcohol is gluten free, and there's less than the amount that's in a ripe banana. It's just a really small amount. It's there as a natural preservative, and really it's there to also extract all these amazing constituents out of the herbs that we have in here. I formulated this. Lauren at Wooden Spoon Herbs makes this. If you order it, you will get it in your mailbox. It's really an awesome formula. You might have heard of the Liver Lover Warming Bitters, which is a very stimulating bitters formula that helps you get your digestion really riled up and gets you ready to absorb and extract more nutrients from your food. This is a little bit of a different realm, trying to chill the body out.
Lauren: Slowing it down.
Summer: Slow it down. Rest and restore. Get the blood to head out of your hands and your feet and your limbs and your brain and head into your belly while you're eating so that you can really digest your food well.
Summer: Yes. Peppermint … first ingredient. What do you like about peppermint?
Lauren: Obviously the flavor. It's super associated with something that you have after a meal. That's because it is a digestive aid, a carminative like we had talked about before. It helps expel gas and bloating and just …
A carminative, also known as carminativum (plural carminativa), is an herb or preparation intended to either prevent formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitate the expulsion of said gas, thereby combatting flatulence.
Summer: Yes. Peppermint's an amazing herb. It also has the ability to alkalize acids in the stomach. Sometimes people take it if they're feeling really acidic, and it helps them burp a little bit and calm everything down. Catnip … one of my favorite herbs. I went to an herbalist years and years ago. I was trained as an herbalist, and then I got really into okay, how do herbalists do their thing? I would go to herbalists and get consultations. One of my favorite ones, she was like, “Catnip is your constitutional herb,” which is such good news to me because this herb is gently calming. It's a nervine, so it helps calm your nervous system. It also has a slightly bitter flavor, which means it's going to help stimulate your digestion to get it going and flowing.
Lauren: Absolutely. We also have fennel. Fennel is used around the world as a digestive aid. It's another carminative, so it helps dispel gas and bloating as well as many other attributes. It has ginger, which is an antispasmodic, so any stomach cramping is going to just be quieted with the ginger. Yes. It makes it a really nice-tasting formula as well.
Summer: I agree. The taste of this is really nice compared to a lot of other tinctures out there. I also love the ginger because it opens up your blood vessels. It helps these herbs to get deeper into your cells.
Yes. Rest and Digest, also known as Destress and Digest. This is what you want to eat … well, I guess you drink … before meals, generally 5-10 minutes before a meal or after the meal. You can do it during if you remember then. I want you to think of this as something that you do as a ritual, where you sit down. You have your little glass of water. You put your tincture in it, and you sip on that. You start taking some deep breaths, and you get ready. You tell your body, okay, food is coming. You get out of this fight-or-flight survival mode and get more into your body and allow your blood flow to increase in your digestive tract so that you can really fully digest your food, because stress is a killer for the gut microbiome.
We've been studying this more and more in my gut rebuilding program and talking about this with various experts that I interact with. They're just coming up with more and more studies that show that not only does stress kill your gut microbiome, it also is really bad on your levels of anxiety and depression. Your gut microbiome interacts with all sorts of your life that you don't even realize.
Summer: It's not just digestion, people. That's what we're addressing here. What else do you think about this? What else do you have to say?
Lauren: I love Rest and Digest for headaches. I use it a lot for headaches, especially tension headaches, when, like you're saying, stressed or just so overworked. You just need something to release all your tension. Also if your stomach is in knots, you're not digesting anything. You're not absorbing nutrients as well. Rest and Digest I'll use for tension headaches or any other cramping in my body just to relax and let it all start flowing.
Summer: I think that's great. It's an awesome formula. I hope you guys check it out. Go to SummerBock.com/Products and find all the different things that we have for sale there, made by hand by Lauren at Wooden Spoon Herbs.
Alright, everyone. Thanks so much. This is another episode of Guts and Glory. This is Summer and Lauren signing off.