In humans, the gastrointestinal system is 26 feet long and plays an essential role in digestion. It ensures that the nutrients consumed are absorbed by the body. It is worth to know that the intestinal flora protects us from diseases. If you don’t have a good diet, it is possible that you will suffer from tiredness, constipation, digestive problems and bad breath or have a bloated stomach. Here are six ways to maintain the gastrointestinal system quite healthy.
1. Use medicinal clay
Clay is a very effective and natural treatment of problems related to the gastrointestinal system. It allows purging and cleaning the system by getting rid of harmful bacteria, cholesterol and other contaminants.
It also helps to eliminate many ailments such as stomach ache, heartburn, bloating or what is called irritable bowel syndrome. This clay contains minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, selenium and calcium which neutralize stomach acid.
This type of clay is consumed with or without water. If the taste is not really good for you add it to your cup of tea or use the capsules. Do not take this treatment over a period of more than three weeks.
2. Drink enough liquids
It sounds very simple, yet it remains something hard to do for most people. Drinking 8 to 12 cups of water a day helps eliminate toxins from your body faster.
Herbal teas, green smoothies and fresh juices are also very good for the gastrointestinal system.
The seeds of psyllium, a plant that grows in India and in northern Africa, are excellent for cleaning the gastrointestinal system. The water present in the gastrointestinal system binds with the seeds and spreads the mucin. This improves digestion and promotes elimination of toxins much more easily.
Remember to drink a lot of water when you consume psyllium seeds (at least 1 cup per serving of seeds). Otherwise, if your feces become too dry, your conditions could worsen.
4. Good diet
An unbalanced diet low in fiber often causes an overload of the gastrointestinal system and damage the intestinal flora. For better digestion, it is best to consume foods with high acid and base index, 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. It is advisable to consume herbs regularly (e.g. rosemary), and mushrooms and nuts to regulate the acidity of your gastrointestinal system.
5. Bitter plants
Vegetables and plants with a bitter taste are very good for the intestinal flora. They allow the mucosa of the gastrointestinal system to better eliminate toxins, viruses and bacteria. In the category of bitter plants are angelica, artichoke, nettle and dandelion. Consume them as tea over a period of three weeks. Drink the tea several times per day.
6. Belly massage
Massaging the tummy helps awaken, cleanse and purify the gastrointestinal system and improve digestion. Massage your abdomen twice a day while 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. Next 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 with your right hand and then with the left across your belly. Finally, make a circular motion with both hands simultaneously.
It is recommended to consult a doctor anyway, especially if gastric problems persist or worsen.