So often do you move your bowels?
yeah I know I know, it is something that we do not discuss often over a cup if tea but it is SO important. For years, doctors have thought that once a day was normal and you were not “constipated” even if you had a bowel movement once a week. Now it is known that it is normal , and necessary to have one bowel movement a day for each meal. So that means if you had three meals you should have three bowel movements the next day.
Intestinal and digestive organs do more than eliminating fecal matter. it functions to perform
– digestion of the food
-transfering the nutrients to the cells, and organs in the body
– eliminating the wastes from the food
– eliminating the toxins, which were produced through metabolic functions, body’s immune system and also being absorbed through the lungs and skin
When the intestinal organs are not working properly toxins get blocked up and many diseases and symptoms can appear. Imagine blocked pipe
diseases of the digestive system accounted for nearly 5000 registered death in Australia in 2008 and keeps raising every year. Even it may not lead to death straight away it may lead to many other diseases and inconvenient circumstances. they include
-herniations of the colon
-irritable bowel syndrome
-colon and rectal cancer
– other related diseases such as diabetes, gall stones, kidney stones, gout, hypertension, varicose veins, psoriasis, obesity, skin disorders, arthritis
so why is this happening? so many people have come into the cafe and complained their digestive issues.
Certainly our modern lifestyle is not helping. Refined, processed foods, hydrogenated fats, a lack of exercise, high stress levels, unnatural position when you go (have you noticed that humans have squatted when eliminating until the modern toilet came into the scene?). Another interesting thing to look at is your emotional state. Constipation can mean that you are holding on to things that you need to let go of…
what can we do?
Intestinal tract is the area of the body that is so abused. we want to
– help bring the colon back to life by stimulating the muscle movement of the colon
-encourage smooth movement of the waste
-remove toxins and chemicals
– encourage balanced intestinal flora
-prebiotic formula and fermented foods to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
-reduce or eliminate all the refined and processed foods
-reduce or eliminate sugar or high GI carbohydrate or/and gluten
-exercise (rebounding is great!)
-increase fibre (not from supplement but from whole foods)
-consume high nutrient food
– consume enough pure water, including water rich vegetables
-reduce cooling foods if your digestive system is weak and your body constitution is cold
if you would like to cleanse the colon and digestive tract you may like to try colonics and regular enema (coffee or herbal) . think as a powerful vacuum cleaner for your intestines! Also a period of fasting (liquid fasting, water fasting, or other mild fasting ) will give your system a rest as well.
the question for todays topic is have you ever done colonics? or enemas? comment below to share your thoughts
we will be talking about Prebiotic next