Natural Intestinal Health Support
What Makes Intestines Healthier?
Intestinal health is the foundation of health for the whole body. It is essential for good digestion and elimination. It is also the locus of a certain unknown number of neurotransmitters that create a sense of well-being or a sense of emotional discomfort that affect the quality of your life and act as a guide to your actions.
For good intestinal health, you need a good diet – one with fresh fruits and vegetables that contain the enzymes that you need for proper digestion, as well as the fiber you need for frequent and copious evacuation. Good digestion is essential for good nutrition and the twin pillars of health are super-nutrition and excellent detoxification of your body. Both depend on excellent intestinal health.
Whole World Botanicals offers products based on several botanicals that may assist in intestinal health by compensating for the negative effects of poor diet, stress, insufficient exercise and the damage done by antibiotics to the bowel ecology of your intestines. Below are the most common issues related to intestinal health.
Help for Bowel Ecology
The proper functioning of the intestines depends on good bacteria that will attack and eat bad bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Your diet has a great impact on bowel ecology. The poor diet in modern civilization is basically a situation of too many foods with high sugar content and/or white flour content that converts rapidly to sugar. These highly processed foods are the principle cause of several issues including inflammation, sluggish evacuation of bowels, and bloating/gas.
The number one botanical to help address these issues is Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa). Studies have shown that it has anti-bacterial (macrophage activity), anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. It can help reduce inflammation, eliminate traveler’s diarrhea, counteract food poisoning, reduce gas/bloating, and helps speed bowel evacuation (faster, easier bowel movements).
Camu-Camu (Myrciaria dubia), which contains a high amount of Vitamin C, has also been found to help heal inflamed tissues. Although, ulcers caused by the h. pylori bacteria and diverticulitis are medical issues requiring the consultation of a healthcare practitioner, Cat’s Claw and Camu-Camu may be helpful adjuvant therapy. Consult your physician.
Another product that is important for bowel ecology is probiotics, the good bacteria in the intestines. If you are having any issue involving digestion, leaky gut syndrome or food poisoning, it could be beneficial to increase good bacteria with a probiotic. Whole World Botanicals does not sell a probiotic product, so please consult your healthcare practitioner for a recommendation.
Another botanical useful for issues involving an overload of harmful bacteria, including leaky gut syndrome, is Dragon’s Blood (Croton lechleri sap). Keep in mind, Dragon’s Blood may reduce the number of good bacteria while it is destroying the bad bacteria. Consider replenishing the bowel flora with a probiotic. Graviola (Annona muricata) also has secondary metabolites that help maintain a healthy bowel ecology and can be used occasionally for this purpose.
Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus spp), by helping production of bile, helps the digestion, which indirectly supports bowel health.