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Maintaining Your Colon Health Naturally

Most people have unhealthy colons and don’t even know it. If you’ve been feeling tired, sluggish, irritated, or bloated, it can be due to a toxic colon.

In fact, poor colon health is the culprit behind many “undiagnosable” health issues. Patients suffer for years without knowing what was truly causing their symptoms.

A toxic build-up in your colon can cause:

  • Aching muscles
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Poor skin
  • Depression

Worse yet, if left unchecked, a toxic colon can lead to cancer. Just last year it was estimated over 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Knowing the condition of your colon’s health can be critical in improving your overall health and quality of life.

Doctors will tell you to use laxatives as a solution. But they can do more harm than good.

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about them:

“Laxative use can be dangerous … If you frequently use certain laxatives over a period of weeks or months, they can decrease your colon’s natural ability to contract and actually worsen constipation. In severe cases, overuse of laxatives can damage nerves, muscles and tissues of your large intestine.”

So, what can you do to keep your colon healthy?

For starters, make sure you’re having at least two healthy bowel movements every day. Anything less is a sign of a clogged and unhealthy colon.

In fact, if you’re not going regularly, much of the waste gets stored in your body. It’s critical you eat enough fiber to make sure everything gets cleared out on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you should eat grains like bread and breakfast cereals. These foods will spike your blood sugar and trigger a cascade of negative hormonal responses in your body. Instead, stick with nature’s fiber. That means plenty of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits (with the skin).

Eating enough of these natural fibers will ensure you’re doing everything you can diet-wise for your colon.

Once you’re eating enough fiber, you can also try these all-natural colon cleansers:

Cascara sagrada – This plant extract helps tone and strengthen the colon. It also helps your colon muscle contract, helping you become more “regular.” You can find it at your local health-food store. *You should not take more than 200-400 mg per day. Also, do not take it for more than a week. It’s to be used on occasion, when you feel you’re having trouble “eliminating.”

Flax seed – Not only does this provide a rich source of all-natural fiber, but the omega-3s help reduce inflammation. This helps relax the colon, letting toxins pass more easily. Here’s a quick tip: Sprinkle about a tablespoon or two of flax seeds on a salad. It’s an easy, tasty way to make sure you get more fiber in your diet.

Rhubarb – This vegetable acts as an astringent and neutralizes the effects of toxic buildup in your gut. Just like cascara sagrada, it also helps tighten and tone the muscle of the intestinal wall, improving your overall gastrointestinal function.

You should also cleanse your colon at least once a month to avoid backup of toxins. Our Master Herbalist suggests a Natural Colon Cleanse and drinking lots of water.

Click Here for Our Natural Colon Cleanse Recipe.

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Glutamine Supplements for Gastro Intestinal Health

Serious digestive problems including Crohn’s, IBS, and Colitis can greatly impact your quality of life. The constant need to go to the bathroom, and always worrying that there might not be a restroom nearby when you need it, affects your life outside of the house.

Most of the commonly prescribed medications just mask the problem. They may provide temporary relief from the stomach cramping and nausea, but you have to deal with the side effects of the medication later. A lot of people would rather deal with the stomach pain than the side effects of  the medications.

Along with many other people with serious digestive problems, you may elect to eat less to avoid the nausea and pain associated with having to relieve your self constantly. It may pass as a temporary solution to partially relieving some of the symptoms, but in the long run it damages the intestines. When you don’t put food in your stomach, the tissues of your intestines get thin and ulcers and bacteria can develop. The bacteria, which is naturally present in the intestines, can penetrate the intestine lining onto other tissues and eventually enter your bloodstream.

Glutamine has been recognized as a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that under normal circumstances the body can make (synthesize) adequate quantities, but, during times of stress, including fever, illness, dieting, and chemotherapy, the body cannot make a sufficient amount.

Scientists have discovered that glutamine also aids in the normal functioning of the intestines. It has been recognized as the second most important fuel for the cells lining your colon and helps clear out waste through the kidney and liver.

Glutamine’s affect on muscle tissue and strength output makes glutamine a good option for bodybuilders. It is also used in the prevention of muscle degeneration that can accompany prolonged bed rest or certain diseases. Glutamine helps to maintain muscle mass and prevent further damage to muscle tissues and fibers.

Glutamine Sources

Foods such as meat, chicken, fish and eggs contain some amount of glutamine, the cooking process quickly denatures (inactivates) it.

Unless you want to eat raw fish everyday, the most efficient way to get more glutamine is to take a glutamine supplement. 

Glutamine Sources

Foods such as meat, chicken, fish and eggs contain some amount of glutamine, the cooking process quickly denatures (inactivates) it.

Unless you want to eat raw fish everyday, the most efficient way to get more glutamine is to take a glutamine supplement.

Click here for more information on Glutamine Supplements.

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A Clean Digestive System can Lead to Better Overall Health

Nearly every health concern from cancer to ulcers can be traced back to
your digestive system. Whether it’s the obvious problems that come with
indigestion such as bloating, heartburn, gas, irregularity or more serious
immune issues, it all comes down to what’s going on inside your gut. Not
only is your digestive system responsible for breaking down foods and
sending critical nutrients into your bloodstream, it’s also where most
of your immune system resides.

Everything entering your mouth or nose can reach the GI tract. So
everything we breathe, eat, or drink creates a potential invasion into
our internal environment. If pathogens survive the trip through the
acids and enzymes of the upper part of the GI tract, they find the
perfect permanent home in the colon. As a result, the colon is often the
seat of many chronic problems. When you take into account many of our
society’s current habits, it’s easy to understand how pathogenic
bacteria can easily gain a strong foothold right there in your gut.

For instance, we now consume less fiber and more refined carbohydrates
than at any other time in history. Both of these habits slow bowel
transit time (allowing toxins to sit in your body for far too long) and
help provide fuel for harmful bacteria strains. On top of that,
excessive use of antibiotics and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anit-inflammatory
drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) has become widespread,
which throw off the delicate balance of good, necessary bacteria in
your gut.

It’s no wonder that most people in this country complain about no energy
and are constantly sick. Their imbalanced colons support colonies of
pathogenic bacteria, which are constantly spewing toxins into their
system. Their immune system is in a constant fight just trying to keep
things under control.

Now for the good news, It’s not that hard to turn all this around
enjoy comfortable digestion, and get your immune system armed and ready
for any invasion. It all comes down to balancing the bacterial flora in
your gut. There is no doubt that proper digestion, absorption,
elimination, and immune response; all dependent on bacterial flora; must
be maintained if you want to remain healthy. Every day, groups of
individuals are exposed to the same pathogens; but not everyone gets
sick. A strong immune system response determines your ability to fend
off premature aging, sickness, and disease. And a strong immune system
requires the proper flora in the bowels.

And that’s surprisingly simple to achieve. By eating certain types of
foods, you can feed your body the healthy, good bacteria it needs to
keep your immune system strong and your digestive system running well.
You can also do a Natural Colon Cleanse to clear out the bad bacteria in your digestive tract, intestines and colon.

It’s baffling why conventional medicine hasn’t been able to grasp
or accept this concept. Obviously, the pharmaceutical companies stand to
make a lot more money selling antibiotics and other medications than
recommending a daily dose of fruit or vegetables.

With impending digestive threats all around you, you should take every precautionary measure to boost your immune system and keep your GI tract clear in order to ensure optimal health.

Article by: Dr. David Williams

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