Not only is Honey a good source for antioxidants, micronutrients (i.e. calcium, magnesium manganese, niacin, potassium and zinc), antibacterial and antifungal properties, sore throat and cough soothing but also contains prebiotics nourishing the good bacteria that live in the intestines. But we would suggest it be raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey to get the full benefits.
But let’s look at other natural products that are beneficial to digestion! Items that you can find at The Honeyman stores and some are made by Arizona vendors.
Digestive enzymes break down our food for digestion. The three main enzymes are Proteases (break down proteins), Amylases (break down carbs) and Lipases (break down fats).
Ginger can assist with digestion and we carry it in crystallized form, Ginger People ginger candies, Ginger People Ginger Soother drinks and Ginger tea. Ginger can help your body increase digestive enzymes such as amylases and lipases,
Peppermint tea can also be a powerful digestive aid improving digestion and soothing the stomach. It may also help with gas, bloating and indigestion Another plus of Peppermint tea is that it may help alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
Kefir, made by Fond du Lac Farms dairy who we receive one of our raw milk and cream products from, is another natural digestive aid. Kefir is made with raw milk by adding the
“grains” (yeast, lactic acid and acetic acid) to it and letting it ferment. Kefir provides many digestive enzymes including protease, amylase, and lipase.
Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. The fermentation process adds digestive enzymes. Sauerkraut is a probiotic food. We carry several different types of sauerkraut made by an Arizona based company Garden Goddess, who also makes the Beet Kvass. The Beet Kvass is also beneficial as a probiotic with enzymes and nitric oxide. It will curb your sugar cravings and boost your energy.
Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that is full of antioxidants and probiotics that aid food digestion. We carry several brands with two being from Arizona. The Fermented Tea Company (FTC) and Wild Tonic. FTC has white tea kombuchas (Prickly Pear and Dragonfruit) and a green tea kombucha. Wild Tonic is a Jun Kombucha made with honey and has several flavor combinations to choose from.
Other digestive aid items that we carry are from the NOW company. They include Super Enzymes and Papaya Enzymes. Both products contain Bromelain (from Pineapple) and Papain (from papaya) and both contain Proteases, Amylases, and Lipases to support healthy digestion.