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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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Body Cleansing 101

We have discussed briefly the vital organs of the digestive system and how they function. They work in tandem to complete a circuit, and the first step is to do a full body cleanse, which includes the liver, gallbladder and colon (the 3 amigos). This is essential for proper detoxification, aiding digestion and proper elimination.  If you are reading this page for the first time, educate yourself of these vital organs by visiting the previous blogs (Gut Hygiene, Love Your Liver, The Gallbladder) before proceeding.

We can eat our way to achieve a full body cleanse by following a body cleansing diet as recommended by Dr Group at the Global Healing Center.  You will have to be very disciplined to follow this diet but it is not always sustainable when you lead a busy life.

The alternative is to use a body cleansing kit.  I have researched a few product kits that are available for purchase on Amazon.  I have grouped these items as a collection – all items in the group will be required to create a complete kit for full liver and gallbladder body cleanse.  You can choose whichever group you prefer based on your needs.

Group 1 (Mini cleanse)

Instructions for  Group 1 cleanse: Group 1 instructions

Group 2

Instructions for Group 2 cleanse: Group 2 instructions

Group 3 (Maxi cleanse)

Instructions for Group 3 cleanse: Group 3 (Maxi cleanse) instructions.

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I also recently bought another full body cleanse 12 Day Detox Cleanse – Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Kit (12 Day).  It comes with a neat little information booklet that also has a recommended diet section.  I love the list of organic herbs used in this product that provides a multi-system detoxification of the colon, kidneys, urinary tract, gastro-intestinal system and liver.  It is a 12-day program I have used and recommended  for the first detox user.  I found this detox cheaper on Amazon than the health food store.

I also highly recommend that after any cleanse you should always support your digestive tract with both prebiotics and probiotics (with  these bacteria L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum and L. fermentum to repopulate supercharge the healthy gut flora.  A good probiotic is one that also contains prebiotic –  Multi Probiotic 4000 or  Dr. David Williams Probiotic Advantage Ultra-20 Supplement with 20 Billion Probiotics, 60 Tablets (30-Day Supply).

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The Forgotten Organ – The Gallbladder

The gallbladder – a small, pear-shaped organ that sits underneath the liver.  The prevalence of gallstone disease often involves the removal of the gallbladder.  In the past it was said it was an organ that was not essential.  How wrong, they were!

This pear-shaped organ has a very important function in the digestive system. The liver makes a dark green bile (a detergent-like substance that comprises of water, bile salts, inorganic salts, bilirubin and fats), which is stored in the gallbladder.  The liver produces between 500 – 1000 ml of bile per day.  According to  Erin Gilbert, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. “It concentrates the bile into the form that’s best used for digestion,” Dr. Gilbert says. “When you eat, the bile is squeezed out of the gallbladder and goes into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum, through the common bile duct.

When food with fat content is eaten and passes through the intestine, a hormone is released to stimulate the gallbladder and the bile (detergent like fluid) from the gallbladder to emulsify the fat and help digest the fat.  Frequent intake of fatty foods puts pressure on this organ, which results in excessive concentration of bile juices that manifests itself as gallstones.

Bile helps to lubricate the colon to do its job.  Bile also helps to neutralize hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach, which has a very low pH level between 1 to 2. This strong acidic concentration helps to break down foods, release enzymes, digest proteins present in the food, kill germs and bacteria that you may ingest.

In the United Starts there are over 300,000 gall bladders removed annually.  By doing a full body cleanse of the organs (liver, gallbladder and colon), it will not only increase bile flow but also greatly improve digestion and help prevent gallstones buildup.

Read the blog Body Cleansing 101 which focus on the methods to use for a full body cleanse of the liver, gallbladder and colon.  You  will find also find out a little more about the stomach acid and how to improve it.

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.

 

Digestive Health

I am an avid reader of health facts and information. I discovered that I have a passion for helping people live their best lives so I have begun the journey to become a health coach with Dr Berg – a well known  health educator specializing in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods.

Though not often welcomed, I always seem to have tips and advice for friends and family relating to living healthy through natural cures, foods and supplements.  One topic of particular interest to me is that of the digestive system and keeping it healthy and functioning.  Like many folks, I have had issues with constipation and bloating.  My aim is to share with you information and tips I have gathered, products I have discovered and much more.  I guess as I got older I have become wiser and need to share my knowledge with others. Is that not how life is supposed to be? To pass on your life’s secrets before moving on.

There are a plethora of information on the web but how does one assimilate all this information into relevant bite-size portion and not become overwhelmed? How do you know if they really work. My aim is to help you to gain control over your digestive issues.

Life is very busy and even though we try our best to eat healthy we do not always accomplish this. I will provide you with information, tips, products and natural cures to keep the digestive system functioning.  This blog aim is to keep you informed, without having to scurry the internet searching for information, which can be time-consuming. It is a step-by-step approach starting with a clean slate and then to maintenance for a healthy digestive system.

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These are the steps I took and I hope you will join me in on my journey as we learn to build a healthy digestive tract and banish bloating and constipation issues.   In my next blog I will start with some fundamentals on the organs that make up our digestive system.  This blog is about the digestive system, so anything that I discover to help you and I to maintain better digestive health will be shared – knowledge knows no boundaries.

If you would like to know more about the mechanics of this marvelous organ, watch this funny 5 minute video.