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Keeping the Colon Healthy

So far we have had an overview of the vital organs of the digestive system (liver, gallbladder, colon) and why they need to be in good working order to create the right environment for a healthy digestive system, so what now? After the body has been cleansed, it is easier to balance and nourish the systems of the body.  This includes rebuilding and nourishing beneficial intestinal flora and re-mineralizing the blood and tissues.

Foods to nourish and re-mineralize the intestinal flora are called prebiotics.  In the book Microbiome Diet by Raphael Kellman indicates that the bacteria in our gut helps to improve digestion, metabolism, and immunity.

We hear a lot about probiotics, everyone is on the bandwagon but very little is shared about prebiotics, so what is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics.  According to WebMD nutritionist Michael Smith MDProbiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.

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Basically, probiotics are prebiotics cousin and they need each other. You can take a prebiotic supplement  or Natural Prebiotic and Probiotics but if you can regularly eat these foods raw you get double the benefit, both prebiotic and fibre, to keep your colon healthy.  Do not cook them as heat changes the composition and alters its natural state, so be creative and you will enjoy eating them.

  • Chicory root
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Dandelion greens
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas

Wheat bran and wheat flour also contain prebiotic friendly bacteria, but for those who are gluten intolerant I will not recommend you consume them.

You will also need to eat probiotic foods as well, as they are symbiotic.  You can usually find these in your local health food stores, if not, from Amazon: keifir (unsweetened and organic), sauerkraut and kimchi

Sometimes we may succumb to the temptation of eating foods that make our stomach bloat or have issues with occasional constipation. I’m not immune to that because I am gluten intolerant and sometimes get the urge to eat foods that contain gluten.  Here are a few video links to some useful tips and information from Natural Cures and Dr Eric Berg that can help:

The video Ramp Up your Gut Bacteria is a must watch 10-minute video.  Products mentioned in above videos can be obtained from Amazon (see links below), if you are unable to source locally:

If you get one thing only, get the organic prebiotics to ramp up your gut bacteria.  When you have made all the effort to perform a full body cleanse, try to use as much as possible organic products in their natural state to prevent reabsorbing toxins unnecessarily.

Take a read of the blog on stomach acid and why it is important to be at the proper level of acidity.  If you like what you are reading, please share with your friends, they will thank you for it.

 

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Love Your Liver

A review of some vital organs will remind you that our organs work in tandem to complete a process that starts at the mouth and ends, well you know where!

In my last blog I provided information on  the first of the “three amigos”, the colon and why we need to keep the engine clean.  The second “amigo”, the liver plays a major role in the digestive system.

Our liver is a work horse (besides the heart) of the body.  It  works 24 hours a day and weighs just over one kilogram.  Situated under the diaphragm in the upper right part of the abdomen, the liver is the largest internal organ in the body.  Everything that enters our mouth, every breath through our nostrils and lotions rubbed our skin  are filtered through the liver.

Liver Size

According to Organs of the body.com there are 500 vital  functions of the liver which includes:

  • cleansing the blood
  • manufacturing essential body proteins
  • balancing the hormones
  • regulating cholesterol in the body
  • excreting bile for digestion

Liver Function

So as you can see the liver has a big job to do, filtering, converting and processing and can easily become overworked and burdened with toxins.

The bile secreted by the liver is of utmost interest to those of us, especially those with gut issues.  Bile helps to eliminate toxic substances from the body and aid digestion.  Bile is a green-yellow fluid, which contains detergent-like substances essential for digestion.  It is stored in the gall bladder, which contracts after eating and discharges bile into the small intestine.  So you see why I call these organs the “three amigos” (liver, gallbladder and colon).  They each have a role to play in the digestive system.

As for the liver, it has the unique ability of restoring itself.  We have this marvelous organ but pay little attention to it.  If you feel sluggish in the afternoons, suffer with headaches, bruise easily and have less than 2 bowel movements a day, then you may have a sluggish liver. You may consider doing a full body cleanse which includes the liver and gallbladder.   A healthy liver supports digestion.

See the blog about the gallbladder, which is sometimes viewed as an unnecessary organ in the body but should be considered as a vital component of the digestive system.

 

 

 

Colon Detox – Why Necessary

When I purchased my car several years ago I remembered the car dealer’s last parting words of advice “make sure you do your oil change regularly“.  I acknowledged his advice and parted ways.  That was 10 years ago and I still drive the same vehicle, even though the body is showing signs of aging the engine still revs like a new v6.  Every 3 months for the past 10 years (sometimes I go longer on synthetic oil) I get my scheduled oil change and they slap a sticker on my car window to remind me when the next service is due.

Well, I thought about this recently and can equate the digestive system to the engine of  a car.  If the oil, oil filter and spark plugs, for example, have not been changed for a while, the car will be sluggish and will not perform optimally.  Likewise, if the liver, colon and gallbladder are not working optimally your body will be sluggish and the intestine will not operate smoothly.

The small intestine is the longest part of the digestive system. The primary function of the small intestine is to absorb the nutrients from the food for use in the body. Its other jobs include physical breakdown, chemical digestion, secretion of mucus and hormones, packaging of waste products, and so on“. (Organs of the body.com)

Small Intestine Location

The colon is the final stage of digestion and its main function is to get rid of waste. “The colon is also known as the large bowel or large intestine. It is an organ that is part of the digestive system (also called the digestive tract) in the human body. ……A healthy colon will rid your body of the leftovers it no longer needs. Your stool is filled with bacteria, so it is important to pass this out of your body. If your colon isn’t working the way it should, you will experience problems such as bloating, gas and pain“. (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons)

When I take my car to get an oil change, the technician don’t simply add more oil to the engine and away I drive.  No, they drain and discard the old oil and replace it with the new one. Likewise we need to clean and detox our organs as a full body cleanse (liver, gallbladder, colon or as I like to call them “three amigos”) before engaging in a maintenance program.

See my blogs about the liver and the gallbladder, and their role in the digestive system. You will find also find information on products to use for a whole body cleanse. There are also many natural aids to help keep your stomach happy, which we will explore.