I hope you are well - I wanted to send you some more information about bowel health because it is such an important part of overall wellbeing. It's a very common topic in my consultations, partly because problems are common and partly because it is so important.
Following are some simple suggestions to help with constipation. It is strongly recommended that you contact me to resolve constipation problems that have a more chronic and serious nature, as further remedies to those mentioned below will be required.
Treating long term constipation problems is probably one of the most important steps you can do to protect your health into the future.
You need a healthy gut to absorb all the nutrients you will need for detoxification, which is a vital process in the body.
The bowel and liver also play an essential role in eliminating poisons from your body. It is normal, and healthy, to have a minimum of one, and preferably two or more, bowel motions daily, which cuts down on the time that toxic matter is sitting in the bowel, putrefying, fermenting, and polluting your body. It also reduces the occurrence of 'leaky bowel', whereby toxins are reabsorbed back into the bloodstream potentially contributing to a whole variety of conditions, from headaches and sinus problems to acne and asthma.
Your motions should be easy to pass and well formed, float in the toilet bowl rather than sink, should not smell foul, and should not be accompanied by mucus.
Constipation is defined as less than one bowel movement per day, or difficult, incomplete evacuation of dry, hardened stools. If constipation is a problem I would suggest using fibre supplements rather than irritating laxatives. Fibre supplements provide bulk and moisture for smooth elimination without irritation. Wheat bran is often used, but can become irritating to the intestines, and can have an impact on the absorption of iron and other minerals. Oat bran is preferable. Pectin, from apples, or citrus fruits, also detoxifies the gut, and lowers cholesterol levels, as does guar gum, all providing for sources of soluble dietary fibre, that will go well with insoluble fibre such as psyllium husks. These act gently, form soft and bulky stools which should be easy to pass and which importantly act as effective detoxifiers. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, taken in filtered water, first thing in the morning, is also an excellent remedy for constipation.
In contrast, laxatives do not address the underlying problems and they work through an irritant action on the bowel, which will eventually compromise healthy bowel function. Their overuse can also result in depletion of potassium and other nutrients. If a laxative must be used, we recommend aloe vera juice, butternut bark or in in more severe cases, senna.
Acidophilus is also extremely useful in keeping the gut healthy, since it provides beneficial intestinal flora.
Slippery Elm powder assists the smooth flow of the feces, as do herbs, such as marshmallow root, barley, licorice or plantain leaves.
Zinc is an important mineral for bowel detoxification, among many other important functions
Roughage, which can be found in most vegetables and fruits, which should preferably be eaten raw. Figs, both fresh and dried, are especially helpful. However, remember that the sugar content of fruits, especially dried ones, is high, so restrict yourself to 2 to 3 pieces daily. Other high fibre foods include corn and brown rice, lentils, beans, peas, sprouts, seeds and nuts.
Adequate water intake is important to keep the feces liquid, which will help to keep constipation at bay. Olive oil helps too and promotes bile secretion in the liver, stimulates bowel contraction, and soothes mucous membranes. It is best taken in cold-pressed form, and not heated.
Other ways of cleansing the bowel include colonic irrigation, which is a form of enema that uses water under pressure, and which therefore penetrates further into the colon. Colonics cleanse from rectum to caecum and eliminate toxins and putrefactive matter. Colonics can be combined with herbal remedies to loosen the more stubborn waste stuck on to the wall of the intestine. Both colonics and enemas need to be followed with Acidophilus to reline the gut. Colonic irrigation must be carried out by someone trained to do this.
Exercise is also important as it helps digestion and stimulates the motion of the large intestine which passes the food along through the gut, and massage of the abdominal region can also have a similar effect.
Bowel detoxification should be followed up with a liver detox. The liver is perhaps the most important detoxification organ in the body, and there are many foods and nutrients hich help it to function well. For help with this please come and see me and I will recommend specific remedies for you.
An easy self-help remedy for liver function is the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, diluted in (purified) water, and drunk first thing each morning, before breakfast.
Come and see me at the Galleria if you require further assistance with this or anything else you might want help with.
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