The human gastrointestinal tract is about eight meters long and is the most important part of the digestive tract. It makes sure that the nutrients you consume are absorbed by the body, and healthy intestinal flora protect you from illness. If you don’t have proper nutrition, you may experience lethargy, constipation, digestive problems, bad breath or bloating. Here are the six best ways to maintain a healthy GI tract.
1. Medicinal clay
This is a completely natural and very effective treatment for GI problems. Medicinal clay really helps purge and cleanse your GI tract, flushing out harmful bacteria, cholesterol and other contaminants.
It also helps to eradicate a wide range of ailments including stomachaches, heartburn, bloating or irritable bowl. The medicinal clay powder contains minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, selenium and calcium, which neutralize stomach acid.
You can consume medicinal clay with or without water. If you don’t like the taste, you can use capsules, but it’s important that you stop consuming the clay after taking it for three weeks.
2. Drink the right thing
It sounds so simple and yet it’s hard for most people. Drinking two to three liters of water per day can help expel toxins from your body quickly.
Drinking herbal teas, green smoothies and fresh fruit juices also supports the GI tract.
3. Fleaseed shells
The seed shells of the plant plantago ovata, which grows in India and Northern Africa, are excellent at cleansing the GI tract. The water in the GI tract bonds and expands thanks to the mucin contained in the fleaseed shells. The increased volume in the GI tract improves digestion and toxins can be flushed out more easily.
Remember to drink plenty of water when you take it – at least one cup per portion of fleaseed shells. If your feces dry out, your ailments could become worse.
4. Healthy nutrition
A low fiber diet, made up of unhealthy foods often leads to an overburdened GI tract and thus compromised gut flora. For better digestion, be sure to consume a balance of acids and bases by skipping ready-made meals and eating more fresh, fiber-rich foods. Salads, fruits and vegetables should be part of your regular diet.
Foods that contain a lot of bases include broccoli, kiwis, plums, bell peppers, fennel, apples, carrots, spinach and red beets. To regulate the acidic part of your GI tract, you should consume herbs (e.g. rosemary), edible mushrooms, nuts (e.g. walnuts) and legumes (e.g. lentils).
5. Bitter plants
Vegetables and herbs with bitter flavor are ideal for building up healthy gut flora. Using bitter plants, the GI tract’s mucosal membrane is better apt to remove harmful toxins, viruses and bacteria. Bitter plants include angelica, artichoke, stinging nettle and dandelion. They can be consumed as tea mixtures or concentrates, and should be taken several times a day for three weeks.
6. Stomach massage
A stomach massage helps revive, clean and purify the GI tract, and also improves digestion. You should massage your stomach twice a day and breathe slowly while doing so. Adjust the pressure depending on what is more pleasant for you.
Lie down on your bed and bend your knees slightly. Now lay your hands on the upper part of your stomach and stroke it with your right hand all the way down to your belly button. Do the same thing with your left hand. Now lay your hands on the middle of your stomach and touch your belly button with both thumbs. The tips of your fingers should point towards your pubic bone. Make a circle with your right hand and then with your left hand clockwise over your stomach. Finally, begin to make circular movements with both hands at the same time.
Despite these useful tips, it is recommended that you see a doctor if you are having persistent problems.