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Using herbs to protect and heal the colon, bowels, and digestive system

Constipation, diarrhea, and gas can be treated with herbs

Colon and bowel health is essential for maintaining a healthy body. The digestive system is like our back door plumbing. It needs to run smoothly or things back up and go to stinking. Often considered an embarrassing subject, many people suffer in silence and hesitate to ask for advice. Constipation, diarrhea, and excessive gas, although common, are not normal. Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, polyps, and colon cancers plague many people in today's society -- but herbs can help heal and protect the colon.

There are many things that contribute to poor colon health. Conglomerated agricultural operations are growing and harvesting foods that lack basic nutrients and are saturated with pesticides, herbicides, and other poisons. We import wheat and other staples from foreign countries that continue to use even more harmful weed and insect killing sprays. Adding to the problem, every day consumers eat tons of processed foods that contain little or no fiber with gobs of saturated fat.

Fast food establishments contribute to digestive problems. Why go to the trouble to fix a plate of raw veggies or fresh fruit when there's a fast food joint on every corner offering cheesy hamburgers and tasty fries for five bucks? Where can you even buy a plate of fresh, clean, organic veggies, ready to eat? Maybe for $20. There are also constant news reports about the food supply becoming contaminated. E coli bacteria contamination is occurring much too often for comfort. E Coli is especially dangerous on tender veggies like lettuce that are eaten in salads without cooking. Washing each leaf under running water and rinsing in vinegar solution is necessary to remove harmful bacteria. This extra work really helps to protect the colon and digestive system from infection.

Good diet is important to the colon

A good diet with lots of water and fiber is the best way to keep the colon and bowels healthy. Fresh veggies, legumes, fruit, and water should be consumed throughout the day -- not just one apple or a bowl of oatmeal every now and then, but plates piled high with fresh salads, broccoli, greens, carrots, squash, beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables should be eaten at every meal. Drink full glasses of water between meals. The colon needs water to keep things soft and moving. If eating lots of bread, pasta, or cheese, try taking a teaspoon of Epsom salts with some juice. The Epsom salts draw water into the colon providing moisture to the mass. Be sure to drink extra water when taking Epsom salts so the rest of your body doesn't become dehydrated!

Organic produce is best and worth the extra cost. A local grocery store sells regular celery stalks for around one dollar. Most organic items cost only 50 cents or so more than their toxic counterparts. Good food is not expensive if you fix it yourself. It is worth it to protect your digestive system from poison chemicals.

Colon problems cause toxic build up

Poor colon health results in the re-absorption of toxins into the human body. Symptoms include infrequent bowel movements (constipation), cramps, bloody stool, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, mucous, dehydration, fatigue, nausea, depression, irritability, coated tongue, headaches, bad breath, body odor, and a sallow complexion.

Many herbs can help protect and heal the colon. Slippery elm and aloe juice reduce inflammation. Chamomile tea and green drinks with wheat grass soothe and help repair damage. Rosemary, peppermint, catnip, and fennel teas are also excellent choices for colon health especially gas and indigestion. Milk thistle seed and dandelion extract enhance bile output and soften the stool. Many excellent laxative tea blends are sold at health food stores.

Constipation and herbal remedies

Bowel movements should be regular and effortless. Transit time should be less than 24 to 36 hours depending on the individual person. The stool should float and be almost odorless. Decaying food ferments in the bowel, forms gases, and causes the colon to become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and molds. Herbs that gently help constipation without cramping include chickweed leaves and plantain seeds. Ground flaxseed can also work wonders. When using any seed, fiber, or bulk laxative, remember to drink plenty of water or constipation could get worse. Other herbs for constipation include aloe, buckthorn, cascara sagrada, rhubarb, and senna but they may cause severe cramping in some cases so be careful. The best remedy for chronic constipation is a lifestyle change. Exercise more, eat fresh, healthy foods, eat less processed food, drink more water, find ways to get rid of stress -- and the colon will reward you with good health.

* Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any herbal remedies.

The colon can be treated with herbs.

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Use herbs and home remedies to protect and heal the colon and digestive system.