4 Ways Chicory Root Improves Gut Health

No Ordinary Chai Blend - introducing the hero ingredient Chicory into our Chai for Optimal Gut Health.

Ahhh, Chai.

Often given a bad name for some of its more artificial, sugar-filled blends, the origins of chai are arguably Indian, and often use black tea, sugar and milk. At Zandi, as with all our blends, we have created our Chicory Chai with your optimal health in mind - so our blend is sugar and caffeine-free.

With the introduction of Chicory root as the primary ingredient Zandi converts chai from an occasional indulgence to a powerful (yet delicious!) pantry tool.

1. Nourish your gut

While the spice properties in Chai are more traditionally associated with clarity of mind, propelling organic chicory root to the front of this blend moves the primary focus of this chai to your gut. How and why? The organic chicory root that Zandi choose contains a naturally occurring soluble fibre known as inulin. In the body, inulin works as a prebiotic to feed digestive flora in the intestines.

Other great sources of prebiotics include raw garlic and onion, apples, bananas, asparagus and leeks, cooked onion, and raw wheat products - which unfortunately have other adverse effects on the body for a lot of people, particularly those who have been recommended to follow some form of FODMAP diet, or who may be intolerant to gluten.

Unlike many chai blends, Zandi chose to make chicory chai is caffeine free, which makes it easy to handle on an empty stomach, and just generally more tolerable to more people - including your young adults!

2. Improve digestion

Enjoyed simply through Chai in collaboration with your chosen lifestyle, by improving the overall condition of the little micro-climate inside your stomach, your digestion is bound to improve.

Naturally known to relieve constipation, if you’re partial to getting a little blocked up at times, Chicory Chai is going to work to counter it. Consider packing it when you travel as a great way to encourage movement after long-haul flights, or even just as a morning ritual when you are prevented from enjoying your regular routine on trips!
High quality, organic cinnamon from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is also a known digestive, and packs a flavour punch while putting in its part for your gut health.

3. Improved brain function via Ginseng

They’re always talking about the stomach being the body’s second brain, so it follows that to care for the brain is to care for the gut! With the inclusion of Siberian ginseng, the blend is holding it’s own without caffeine as it works to steady the mind. 

Ginseng has also been shown to support adrenal function which is key in maintaining healthy hormone levels. 

4. Support Your Immune System

Ginseng, cinnamon and many of the other whole spices including cloves are often cited as assisting immunity, lowering cholesterol, and offering a boost of free-radical-fighting antioxidants.

In short; led by chicory root, with a strong supporting cast of cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and black pepper, and bolstered in the flavour department by coconut milk, star anise, cloves and cardamom, this blend is a triple delight to your mind, body and soul. Find our more of the Health Benefits of our Chai ingredients here. 

Take a self-guided one week challenge; maintain your regular diet, but incorporate one or two chicory chais brewed to your taste throughout the day, and let us know how you and your gut feel at the end of the week.

Zandi was founded to empower you to take control of your health and wellbeing, with an underlying value of fighting inflammation in your body for optimum health and wellness.

It means the world to us for you to know ways in which you can ease the pains of inflammation in your body. Our founder Bel is passionate about ensuring people who suffer from inflammation or inflammatory diseases have the information they need to make informed decisions particularly when it comes to their nutrition. This way we can all live a better life longer, nourish ourselves and improve our ability to nourish others. 

This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to offer medical advice.  The information above has been paraphrased from peer-reviewed research articles. Please consult a medical professional with any personal health queries.