7 Steps to a Healthy Gut
The road to good health begins with cleansing the gut…….and then keeping it healthy. There is an old saying that “death begins in the colon”! A bit dramatic, but more accurate than most people realise.
The general perception of a “colon cleanse” is either colonic irrigation, or some other method of removing faecal matter from the bowel, but it goes much further than that.
The intestinal tract is essentially a continuous tube from the mouth to the anus, and each part of the tube has a specific function to perform. Among these are:
- Digestion — transferring the nutritional value of that food into the body.
- Processing the waste from that food and eliminating it from the body.
- Serving as a drainpipe for waste produced
- Serving as a drain for toxic substances absorbed through our lungs and skin, etc.
- Functioning as a first line of defence in the body’s immune system by serving as a home to beneficial bacteria that identify and eliminate viruses and unhealthy bacteria ingested with our food.
What can go wrong if the system is backed-up?
Physically, the colon is simply not designed to store large amounts of old faecal matter. Stores of old faecal matter are not only breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and dangerous parasites, but the extra garbage causes the colon to distend and expand. This causes the walls of the colon to thin out (like blowing up a balloon more and more). As the walls extend out, they press on and compress other organs in the abdominal cavity.
Consider that a sluggish bowel can retain kg’s of old toxic and poisonous faecal matter (5-10kg is not unusual). It should be noted that doctors rarely see this accumulated matter during colonoscopies because patients are given purgatives to clean out their intestinal tracts before the colonoscopies, thus removing the evidence — but they do see the effects, the herniations of the colon also known as duvertuculi.
A clean colon is essential in our detox pipeline. The liver is the main detoxifying organ of the body; it works by filtering out and/or neutralizing dangerous drug residues and poisons from the blood and then passing them out of the body through the colon via the bile duct. But if the colon is plugged, it’s like flushing a toilet clogged with toilet paper; everything backs up. The net result is sickness and disease. In fact, you can’t even begin to cleanse and repair other body systems until you clean out the colon so that the toxic material will have a clean pathway out of the body.
The net result of a backed-up system is sickness and disease including:
- Constipation and the attendant symptoms of self-toxification.
- Diverticular disease (herniations of the colon).
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Ulcerative Colitis.
- Crohn’s Disease.
- Colon/Rectal Cancer.
- Other Related Diseases including: diabetes, Gall Stones, Kidney Stones, Gout, Hypertension, Varicose Veins, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Obesity.
- Other cleansing treatments (i.e. liver cleanse) are not as effective if the colon isn’t clean.
(Extract from article by Natures Pharmacy, PE)
So what should you be doing? Here are 7 simple steps to a healthier gut:
- Be aware of which foods are good for your gut. These will include foods high in fibre – think whole grains, beans and legumes, and whole fruits and veggies. Probiotics are live bacteria or yeasts found in fermented foods that, when consumed, take up residence in the gut and improve health. Healthy sources include sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, and water kefir..
- Lower your stress levels. Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, including your gut.
- Try to get enough sleep
- Eat slowly
- Stay hydrated
- Take a prebiotic or probiotic.
- Drink Aloe 24/7 Organic Aloe Juice as part of your daily diet!
Aloe contains soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, a wide range of vitamins and minerals and – most importantly – a generous helping of aloe gel polysaccharides (natural sugars) – the active ingredient in aloe which soothes and heals the entire digestive tract, whilst at the same time assisting to rid the bowel and colon of excess faecal matter. It is not a laxative, but has been proven to “keep it moving” on a regular, daily basis – the answer to a healthy gut!
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.