The gastrointestinal system in humans is 26 feet long and plays an essential role in the process of digestion. It makes sure that all the nutrients we consume are absorbed by the body. One thing we have to know is that the intestinal flora protects us from diseases. If you don’t have a good diet, you may suffer from tiredness, constipation, digestive problems and bad breath or have a bloated stomach. Here, we’re presenting you six ways to maintain the gastrointestinal system quite healthy.
- Use medicinal clay
One thing that is extremely effective and natural for problems related to the gastrointestinal system is clay. It allows purging and cleaning the system by getting rid of harmful bacteria, cholesterol and other harmful matters. It also helps you eliminate numerous different ailments such as stomach ache, heartburn, bloating or otherwise called irritable bowel syndrome. This clay contains minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, selenium and calcium which neutralize stomach acid. You can consume this type of clay with or without water. If you can’t stand the taste, add it to your cup of tea or use the capsules. Do not take this treatment over a period of more than three weeks.
- Drink enough liquids
It is very simple, but it is actually one of the hardest things for most people. Drinking 8 to 12 cups of water a day helps you eliminate toxins from your body faster. Herbal teas, green smoothies and fresh juices are also very good for the complete gastrointestinal system.
The seeds of psyllium, a plant that grows in India and northern Africa, are also excellent for cleaning the gastrointestinal system. The water found in our gastrointestinal system binds with the seeds and spreads the mucin. This improves the complete process of digestion and promotes elimination of toxins much more easily. Drink a lot of water when you consume psyllium seeds (at least 1 cup per serving of seeds). If you don’t do that, your feces will become too dry and your conditions could worsen.
- Good diet
An unbalanced diet which is low in fiber often causes an overload of the gastrointestinal system and damages the intestinal flora. In order to have an improved digestion, it would be the best to consume foods with high acid and base index. You should also avoid prepared foods and focus on fresh foods high in fiber such as salad, fruits, vegetables, etc. Foods with a high TBN are broccoli, kiwi, plum, pepper, fennel, apple, carrot, spinach and beet. Consume herbs (e.g. rosemary), mushrooms and nuts regularly in order to regulate the acidity of your gastrointestinal system.
- Bitter plants
Vegetables and plants that own a bitter taste are very good for the intestinal flora. They allow the mucosa of the gastrointestinal system to eliminate toxins, viruses and bacteria in a better way. The category of bitter plants includes: angelica, artichoke, nettle and dandelion. Consume them in the form of tea over a period of three weeks. Drink the tea several times a day.
- Belly massage
Massaging the tummy is always a good option. It helps you awaken, cleanse and purify the gastrointestinal system and improve digestion. Massage your abdomen at least twice a day while you’re breathing slowly. Adjust the pressure according to your preferences.
Lie on your bed and bend your legs slightly. Rest your hands on your upper abdomen and massage with the right hand to the navel. Do the same with the left hand. Then, put your hands in the middle of your belly and touch your navel with both thumbs. The tips of your fingers should be facing your pubis. Make a circle (clockwise) on your stomach using your right hand and then with the left across your belly. Finally, make a circular motion with both hands simultaneously.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor if you’re planning to try some of these suggestions, especially if your gastric problems persist or worsen!