More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates famously stated that ‘all disease starts in the gut’. The father of modern medicine was certainly onto something.The gut, also known as the gastrointestinal tract or digestive system, is the centre of overall wellness in the body. It is responsible for processing food and breaking it down into absorbable nutrients.
A healthy digestive system plays a vital role in nourishing the body, repairing cells, energy production and protection from illness. Obvious signs that your digestive system could use a little love and care include heartburn, indigestion, reflux, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, brittle nails and skin disorders.
Once again our favourite superfood is here to save the day. Here’s three major ways Hemp can naturally improve your digestive health:
- Contains Essential Fatty Acids to Reduce and Prevent Inflammation
Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting against infection and is a necessary part of the healing process.
However, chronic inflammation can cause a number of diseases and conditions including Cardiovascular disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease which wreak havoc on the digestive and immune systems.
Hemp seeds boast the perfect balance of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids Omega-3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Consuming a perfect balance of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids have been found to reduce chronic inflammation and its effects on the body.
Hemp seed oil may also be used to provide relief for inflammatory skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis.
- Provides a Complete Plant-Based Protein Source
Hemp contains Edestin protein which is perfectly compatible with the digestive system as it resembles the globulin protein in the body’s blood plasma.
Hemp protein contains all amino acids including the nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce itself.
Amino acids are considered the building blocks of the human body and are crucial for physical and mental function.
They build and repair cells, muscle and tissue and work to detoxify the digestive tract of nasty bacteria to maintain a healthy immune system.
- High in Fibre to Cleanse the Colon
Hemp contains both soluble and insoluble fibre which benefit the digestive system in different ways.
Soluble fibre gives your body more time to absorb nutrients by slowing down digestion.
It also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels by slowing the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Insoluble fibre helps food pass through the digestive tract and cleanses the colon, keeping bowel movements regular by removing built-up waste and toxins from the body
Just as most illness begins in the gut, so too does good health. Even if you don’t regularly experience digestive issues, a daily dose of hemp boasts incredible benefits for your overall health and wellbeing.
Check out our recipes page for some impressive ways to incorporate hemp for improving your gut health.
By Dana Marinac.