Intestinal Problems

Natural herbal remedies to help support intestinal health and prevent intestinal tract problems.

    herbal remedies for intestinal health to prevent intestinal problems

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    1. What is Intestinal Health?
    2. What Causes Intestinal Problems?
    3. Help for Intestinal Problems
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    What is Intestinal Health?

    The intestines (or bowels) complete the process of digestion (breaking down the food we consume on a daily basis). Most chemical digestion and absorption of food occur in the small intestine - a long, coiled organ about one inch in diameter.

    The intestinal glands (tiny organs found in the lining of the small intestines) release digestive enzymes and mucus to aid the digestive process. Nutrients are absorbed throughout the small intestine. Glucose, amino acids, water-soluble vitamins, and minerals are absorbed into the blood vessels that then carry the completely digested food throughout the body.

    Enzymes from the pancreas and intestinal glands continue the breakdown of proteins and change starch into simple sugars and fats into fatty acids. The body digests and absorbs fat with the help of bile - a thick yellow green fluid released by the liver. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and released into the duodenum.

    What Causes Intestinal Problems?

    When food is not digested properly, it lies in a semi-digestive state in our intestines (bowels). A multitude of ‘good’ bacteria gather in the intestine to help digest the food further. A common by-product of this fermentation process is intestinal gas. Further gastro-intestinal disorders can result from irritation of the bowel, due to food intolerance or other irritants – and cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), impacted stool (constipation) and watery stool (diarrhea).

    Help for Intestinal Problems

    Natural Remedies

    Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote abdominal health and support the digestive system. Matricaria recutita is a medicinal herb, used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. Its calming properties make it an extremely effective treatment for digestion problems. Similarly, the homeopathic preparation Carbo Veg. is particularly effective for individuals suffering from indigestion, sporadic constipation and diarrhea, sour belching, wind and bloating.

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    Tips for Intestinal Health

    Improving the ‘bacterial flora’ (amount of ‘good’ bacteria) in your GI tract can be a wonderful way to promote intestinal health and maintain the bacterial balance in your intestines. Here are some tips:

    • Minimize your use of antibiotics and try a natural alternative. Certain natural products have antibiotic properties but don't disrupt the friendly bacterial flora in the body. These items include vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, honey, and aloe vera.
    • If you do take antibiotics, try to supplement them with pro-biotic yoghurt that contains live cultures. Look out for the words "live" or "active" culture on the label.
    • Decrease your intake of sulfur-based preservatives. Check labels for sulfur dioxide, sulfites, bisulfites, metabisulfites or sulfates.
    • Eat a generous helping of oatmeal (not the pre-packed variety) at least once a week. Good bacteria must be able to ‘grip’ on if they are going to flourish and colonize in the GI tract. Fortunately, oat fiber is a rich source of water-soluble beta-glucans, which have been associated with the ability to enhance the function of the immune system.



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