Common digestive symptoms that can lead to major diseases, if left untreated, are indigestion, bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation and diarrhoea. As per the statistics of a survey conducted by Fox News, almost 74% of the people in America suffer from digestive disorders.

But the number of cases reported to physicians were far lesser than the actual incidence of the problem. This is supposedly because most people don’t still feel comfortable talking about their digestive health.

However, if you are suffering from similar issues, make sure to consult a doctor and not let it grow into a much bigger, difficult to treat disease. After the major symptoms are gotten rid of, you could practice a different dietary lifestyle to ensure there’s no relapse of the problem.

The five spices you are going to learn about, are being used by Ayurveda practitioners for thousands of years. These spices are:

1. Fennel SeedsFennel Seeds

Foeniculum vulgare

Taste: sweet, bitter; Action: mildly heating

If you’ve eaten at an Indian restaurant, the most common food practice that you might have spotted is serving fennel seeds after meals. This is because it helps with digestion, gas and bloating. It is Ayurveda’s popular lymph mover, thereby supporting healthy lactation and radiant skin. It also relieves intestinal cramps, flatulence and nausea.

2. Coriander Seedscoriander seeds

Coriandrum sativum

Taste: bitter, pungent; Action: cooling

The seeds are used in traditional medicines for numerous ailments. The leaves called cilantro are also used in cuisines as seasoning and to make chutneys. The cooling effect helps cure occasional heartburn. Its also beneficial for curing heat related pitta conditions.

3. Cumin Seedscumin seeds

Cuminum cyminum

Taste: pungent, bitter; Action: cooling

The most digestive spice of all the 5 spices is Cumin. It has a strong aroma and flavor and blends well with curry/gravy recipes. Cumin is effective in treatment of gas, bloating and indigestion; promoting growth of healthy microbes. It is a common ingredients in herbal pills and powder formulas because of its digestive and detoxifying properties.

4. Cardamomcardamom

Elettaria cardamomum

Taste: pungent, sweet; Action: heating

Ayurveda celebrates this spice’s ability to make foods more digestive and enhance the taste of most ordinary dishes. It can be used to make all sweet dishes and as a fragrance inducing agent in Rice dishes. Its is a signature ingredient in Turkish Coffee and Indian Chai tea. It neutralizes the effect of caffeine content and reduces acidity in many foods. It reduces excess mucus formation, and clears the throat. It reduces gas and bloating and helps eliminate bad breath.

5. Ginger Rootginer root

Zingiber officinale

Taste: pungent; Action: heating

Ginger is called a universal spice in Ayurveda because of its flexible use and many health benefits. It has a heating effect on upper digestion and cooling effect on lower digestion with a sweet after effect. It helps quicken the digestion process in stomach. It also promotes growth of healthy microbes in the gut.

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