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Healthy Bowels - The Foundations of Good Health
By Liz Barrington, Natural Body Healing

Do you suffer from bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation?  Are your bowel movements less than once a day?  Or are you frequently tired or do you often feel bloated or mentally sluggish?  If so, you may want to consider improving your bowel health in order to improve your overall health.


So why is good bowel health so important?  According to the Royal Society of Medicine, ‘over 90% of all chronic diseases are due to an infection of the gastrointestinal tract’.  You may already have heard it said that ‘death begins in the bowel’ and this is indeed true.


The bowel is in fact a waste treatment system, but with neglect and abuse - it becomes a cesspool.  Whenever the bowel is clean and working well, we are healthy and happy; but if it’s left to stagnate and become overburdened with toxins, it will poison the body - a process known as auto-intoxication.  Auto-intoxication can cause depression, fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, insomnia, muscular aches, bloating, headaches, poor skin, bad breath and much more.  In fact, if toxins are left to accumulate inside the body, your organs slow down to cause degenerative diseases and serious health problems.


The bowel, otherwise known as the large intestine or colon is approximately 5 feet long and is primarily made up of muscle.  The muscles in the bowel contract (and relax) to push liquefied waste matter along its length.  The bowel's main function is to absorb water and mineral salts from faecal matter and to pass these nutrients into the blood or lymphatic vessels in order to keep levels in the body constant and prevent dehydration.  A sluggish bowel can hold onto several pounds of old toxic and poisonous waste material.  Because the bowel can also reabsorb many soluble toxins, it’s important that your bowel movements are regular and take place daily to enable toxins to be eliminated from the body as swiftly as possible.


In addition, the bowel helps the body synthesise vitamin K (required for blood clotting), some B vitamins and it also helps deal with gases such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen sulphide.  The remaining semi-solid waste is made up of approximately 60% to 70% water, 10% to 30% bacteria, and also indigestible cellulose, dead cells and other waste pigments.


Essentially, the bowel also provides the passage for elimination of all remaining waste which is collected in the rectum and excreted through the anus at intervals.  Faecal matter can remain in the bowel any length of time from 10 hours to several days, depending on the efficiency of the colon; however the shorter the transit time, the better.  Unfortunately modern diets – refined, processed, low-fibre foods and animal fats, along with the use of medication and poor health habits and lifestyles can often result in greatly increased transit times.  The colon can become a breeding ground for parasites, bacteria and viruses.  If your colon is not clean, then your body won’t absorb nutrients from food as effectively as it could.


Almost all mammals, including man, should have one bowel movement for every meal that is eaten every day!  Non-westernised societies have healthier digestive systems because they eat less processed food, exercise more and have less stress.  So how can you naturally improve the efficiency of your bowels?


1. Increase Your Fibre Intake

Dietary fibre (both soluble and insoluble) is required to provide bulk for the semi-solid faeces and to encourage timely and regular movement throughout the colon.  High levels of dietary fibre reduce the amount of time toxic materials remain in the body.  From research, it has been shown that the body needs 30g to 50g fibre a day in order to remain healthy.  On average however, a typical ‘healthy’ British diet provides only 12g fibre, so additional fibre intake in the form of supplements is essential.  According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, if you increase your daily fibre intake by a further 13g, then you’ll reduce the risk of colon cancer by 31%.  Nature’s Sunshine’s ‘Bowel Build’ can help promote healthy digestion and regular elimination from the colon. 


If you suffer with constipation, you may want to consider taking either ‘Bowel Build’ (for regular but sluggish movements) or ‘LOCLO’ (for irregular, cramping/explosive bowel movements).  ‘Psyllium Hulls Combination’ provides additional bulk to the diet and has a mucilaginous quality to aid transit.  Another recommendation is to soak a heaped teaspoon of flaxseeds in filtered water overnight.  Then first thing in the morning, add more water to the mix and then quickly swallow it down.  In addition to the extra roughage and essential fatty acids the seeds provide, the flaxseeds soften and swell to provide further mucilaginous substance that aids bowel movements.  If you suffer from diarrhoea, then ‘Activated Charcoal’ is also recommended to help absorb toxins and expel intestinal gas.


2. Increase Your Water Intake

As you increase your intake of fibre, it’s also essential that you increase your water consumption to at least 2 litres a day.  Water is important to enable the insoluble fibre in your diet to swell up inside the colon and absorb the toxic waste, resulting in more efficient elimination.  If you do not drink sufficient water, the waste transit actually slows down or can even block up proper elimination, leading to constipation and toxin stagnation.  Drinking magnetised filtered water and then add Liquid Chlorophyll which are so much better for you and can help establish balance and harmony in the body and encourage healthy bowel flora.


3. Change Your Diet and Eating Pattern

To keep the bowel healthy, it’s important to eat a good diet rich in wholefoods, vegetables, grains, pulses, nuts and seeds.  Mucus-forming foods such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, sugar and milk in fact clog the body, preventing the absorption of vital nutrients.  These foods also stick to the lining of the bowel which encourage further decay and subsequent growth of bad bacteria.  Try to be relaxed at mealtimes, sit down, eat slowly and chew your food properly to aid digestion.  Always eat breakfast and aim to eat a small evening meal by 7.30pm at the latest.


4. Probiotics – the Good Bacteria

Unfortunately good intestinal bacteria can be destroyed through antibiotics, medication, cooked food, processed food, coffee, alcohol and prolonged stress.  It’s therefore important to take a good supply of beneficial bacteria or probiotics every 3-6 months which should contain the main strains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidus and Bulgaricus.  Unlike bad bacteria that cause disease, these beneficial bacteria strains produce digestive enzymes and assist in the assimilation of nutrients.  They also produce important vitamins such as vitamin K and the B vitamins (B1, B2, and B12) and help inhibit the overgrowth of harmful bacteria, fungi and yeasts such as Candida Albicans.  Nature’s Sunshine’s ‘Bifidophilus Flora Force’ provides billions of beneficial intestinal micro-organisms along with fructo-oligosaccharides to support their growth.


5. Reduce Your Stress

The more stressful your lifestyle, the more your body will not work effectively in digesting food and getting rid of its toxic waste.  It’s important for you to get plenty of rest and relaxation, perhaps you could take up yoga or pilates, but do make sure you get sufficient sleep at night.  Always endeavour to get a healthy work/family/leisure balance in life, which may mean that you have to make changes to your present lifestyle.


6. Exercise!

Daily exercise, such as walking, swimming and yoga, is important as it helps to stimulate regular bowel movement.  Insufficient exercise slows down bowel action and reduces normal circulation within the digestive system.


It takes a long time to develop a chronic, degenerative disease, and similarly it takes a long time to reverse such a condition.  Prevention is always better than cure; so whatever we can do to stop ‘auto-intoxication’ will help slow down the disease process.  We often overlook our bowels, yet good bowel health is so important.  Do look after your bowels and they will look after you!


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The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.








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