Digestion and digestive system facts to help your digestive system

There are a whole lot of things that can be done for the digestive system. From eating and drinking the right foods to nurturing treatments and taking Schuessler salts. We hope that you will find a few things here that you can do to help your digestive system without restricting yourself too much. Often the little changes can lead to major improvements in the long run.digestive system diagram

Eating for a healthy digestion and digestive system

1. Eat a diet composed of mainly unrefined foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds), drink at least 6 glasses of water daily, and get lots of exercise. This will avoid most colon problems.

2. Avoid too much spicy food, greasy food, animal fat. Keep oil, margarine, and sugar to a minimum.

3. Chew your food well, eat slowly.

4. Eating a high roughage, low refined carbohydrate diet, will do much for constipation.

5. Stay away from Cold drinks and food (frozen or direct out of the fridge).

6. In severe cases stay off all dairy for one month and see if your condition improves.

Drinking for a healthy digestion and digestive sytem

1. Upon rising, drink 1 glass of hot water with a squeeze of ½ a lemon. Lemon juice helps stimulate the liver to produce more bile, which is used by our body as a natural laxative reaction.

2. Drink more warm water instead of coffee or tea.

3. Dandelion Tea is great for your liver & kidneys.

4. Fresh juices, specially carrot, beetroot and spinach – good for constipation and liver.

Add some dandelion leaves, parsley or milk thistle leaves if you like. Don’t mix fruit and vegie juices!

5. Drinking 500ml of ocean water mixed with 1ltr of distilled water upon rising will help with bowel movement.

6. Drinking Aloe Vera juice can help relieve constipation.

7. Ginger tea – helps speed up your metabolism.

8. Peppermint tea – helps with digestion and flatulence.

9. Oolong tea – helps to digest fat.

10. Fennel tea- helps with flatulence.

11. Green tea- good antioxidant

12. At night you might want to drink a glass of warm milk (un-homogenized!) with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, saffron and sugar. This helps digestion.

13. After dinner a cup of 'Takaram' assists digestion (1/4-cup yogurt blended with 1 cup of water with ½ teaspoon ginger and cumin seed powder, or other spices. Discard the frothy bit).

14. Never add honey to hot drinks; always have honey cold.

15. Sip warm water with meals if you like.

16. Minimize caffeine and alcohol.

Other Treatments

1. Evaluate and treat if necessary your liver, thyroid, adrenals, stomach, small intestine. All can affect your colon.

2. If you suspect nerve pressure is affecting your colon (especially if you suffer from low back pain) see a good body worker.

3. In cases of colitis check for adrenal insufficiency (hypoadrenia), diminished secretion of hydrochloric acid (hypochlorhydria), and decreased thymus function (hypothyroid).

4. In cases of diarrhea, find the cause. To relieve symptoms a hot half bath is helpful, as is an enema. Eating unrefined carob or chewing on a guava leaf can also relieve diarrhoea.

5. Evaluate your liver, thyroid, ileocecal valve, and parathyroid for possible involvement.

6. Herbs like mullein, slippery elm and red raspberry leaves are good for the digestive system.

7. A castor oil pack over the colon can be very helpful to relive pain, cramping and toxins. Warm up the castor oil. Soak a cloth in it, put on your tummy, cover with glad-wrap, put a towel over it with a hot water bottle. Leave for at least 2 hours.

8. A heating pad over the bowel can often relieve pain there.

9. Get lots of exercise without exerting yourself.

10. A warm or hot compress to the abdomen, or a hot sitz-bath can be helpful in relieving constipation.

11. Try to develop regularity in bowel habits and don’t inhibit the natural urge to defecate whenever possible.

12. After antibiotic treatments, when you have candida or during extensive cleansing / fasting have some acidophillus-bifidus to encourage the growth of bowel flora.

13. Epsom salt bath is great for stimulating toxins to release through the skin, great muscle relaxant, because of its magnesium sulphate property. You could also mix epsom salts with almond oil and scrub all over the body starting with the feet and working all the way to the neck, towards the heart for 5 mins, before lying in your hot epsom salt bath for 20 mins. Good for the lymphatic system.

Schuessler Salts

Dr. William H. Schuessler of Oldenburg, Germany published Shortened Therapeutics in 1873. His practical work concentrated on just 12 simple mineral combinations, or salts, which he believed to be crucial to the health of the body.

The biochemic remedies are not selected according to the similarity principle of homoeopathy. They are chemically pure salts, homogeneous to the cell-minerals in human body, physiologically and chemically in close relation to them.

By the aid of these minerals, disturbed molecular motion in the cells can be rectified, as, taken for a certain period, these salts will compensate the losses incurred during a disease. Thus, the cells will recover, and will be able to overcome the disease completely.

Schuessler Salts can be used in conjunction with an implant. They are available in most health food stores. Be guided by the recommended dosage.

Following is a list of some Schuessler Salts with the symptoms they can be used for:
(The most commonly-used abbreviation is followed by its traditional and chemical names.)

After All

Don’t take life too seriously, have fun, enjoy.

If you don’t like the food you eat or you eat while in a bad mood your body will not digest properly no matter what you eat!

If you think a lot of negative thoughts and have negative emotions like envy, anger, greed and fear you won't get very far with your health no matter how many treatments you have.

The more you give, the more you get. Give to yourself and others, especially the gift of love!

You know you have achieved total health when you are not only feeling happy and healthy with no restrictive thoughts or emotions (like: "I can't eat this or I can't drink that or I can't be happy because...."), but when you are able to share that joy with others.