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Gut Health: Find relief from your GI issues

We can't start the conversation on skin without talking about the inside, more in particular, the GUT. The lower gastrointestinal tract is prone to a number of issues, from bloating to constipation. The Gut can be the source of so many of our problems, from bowel issues to cramps. Here are some information and home remedies that can bring you relief. 

Our intention is to provide basic information on herbs and the human body to hopefully inspire you to be more intentional about your health.

Lets break down the lower gastrointestinal tract. It begins with the small intestine, which is where food breaks down into nutrients for the body to absorb (energy) . The large intestine process the waste and finally stool is eliminated from the anus.

Now that you know which body parts that we are talking about, lets talk about some of the problems that these body parts may face and how to get better!

Lets start off with a common one, CONSTIPATION

If you have less than 3 bowel movements a week, you could be constipated. Either way that is not good.  Constipation is common because it can be triggered by a variety of things, from anxiety to fast food to dehydration. Constipation is essentially blockage in the movement of stool usually due to hard dry stools. Here are some things you can do to help you have a bowel movement. You can either take over the counter medications such as Miralex (please consult with a doctor). Here are some easy simple things you can do at home; up your fiber intake, start digesting probiotics, drink more water a day and exercise.

Here are some natural laxatives that can help:

Aloe Vera Juice, fenugreek (powder or seeds), dandelion, nettle, ginger, peppermint and sesame seeds are some of the most common ways you can beat constipation.

Other household tricks consist of hot water and honey, molasses, lemon juice/water or consuming food high in fiber such as prunes.

We address blockages but what happens when you have much movement.

You get DIARRHEA,  which is describe as loose stool usually in a watery consistency accompanied with cramping, gas and bloating.

How does Diarrhea happen? Usually when food goes through your digestive tract, the large intestine is suppose to soak up extra water but sometimes for any reason, it may and your body my expel those fluids in your stool.

Sometimes it is not clear what causes these ailments, however they can manifest as a result of allergies, food poisoning, medications, or an intestinal virus of sorts. Since Diarrhea was one of the first maladies that earlier humans sought to fix, there are tons of known effective herbal cures. 

Here are some herbal remedies that can help: 

Raspberry, Blackberry, Chamomile tea, ginger, orange peels in hot water. More kitchen aids include eating carrots, pumpkin seed or seeping on some apple cider vinegar.

If you do not take anything away from these tips, remember this one. As soon as diarrhea occurs, do not take over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds during he first few hours. Like phlegm and other body fluids, diarrhea is usually a natural way for your body to clean itself, to rid itself of bad bacteria and irritants. So you don't want to mess with that natural process.

Wait a few days and root out the initial problem or cause before you react. Observing our bodies can do us a lot of good. 

last on our list but not certainly least is IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine usually in the form of cramps, constipation, gas and diarrhea. IBS can be in an inconvenience and can affect your lifestyle in a number of ways if its unmanaged. IBS can be kept in check with dietary and lifestyle changes. IBS can even occur as  a result of stress so managing your stress is essential as well.

Eliminating dairy and introducing fiber is a common way that many fight this inconvenience. 

Some herbal helpers are licorice root tea which can help relieve irritation of the bowel. Peppermint and chamomile tea can eradicate most symptoms, as well as aloe vera juice.

I hope that you found this information helpful.

I am not liable for any allergies or reactions that you may face from consuming these herbs. Please check with your primary care provider before consuming herbs. Herbal medicine is intended to help alongside more developed medical practices. I am a herbalist, not a doctor, these are advice based on my research and observations. My findings are based on how these herbs have react to MY own body as well as members of my family. Do not depend primarily on herbs unless you have sought professional advice! You know your body and if you don't, please find out what works for you!
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Happy healing.




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