Do you suffer from bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation? Are your bowel movements less than once a day? Or are you frequently tired or do you often feel bloated or mentally sluggish? If so, you may want to consider improving your bowel health in order to improve your overall health.
So why is good bowel health so important? According to the Royal Society of Medicine, over 90% of all chronic diseases are due to an infection of the Gastrointestinal tract. You may already have heard it said ‘death begins in the bowel’ and this is indeed true.
The bowel is in fact a waste treatment system, but with neglect and abuse -‐ it becomes a cesspool. Whenever the bowel is clean and working well, we are healthy and happy; but if it’s left to stagnate and become overburdened with toxins, it will poison the body -‐ a process known as auto-‐intoxication. Auto-‐intoxication can cause depression, fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, insomnia, muscular aches, bloating, headaches, poor skin, bad breath and much more. In fact, if toxins are left to accumulate inside the body, your organs slow down to cause degenerative diseases and serious health problems.
The bowel, otherwise known as the large intestine or colon is approximately 5 feet long and is primarily made up of muscle. The muscles in the bowel contract and relax to push liquefied waste matter along its length. The bowel’s main function is to absorb water and mineral salts from faecal matter and to pass these nutrients into the blood or lymphatic vessels in order to keep levels in the body constant and prevent dehydration.
A sluggish bowel can hold onto several kilos of old toxic and poisonous waste material. Because the bowel can also reabsorb many soluble toxins, it’s important that your bowel movements are regular and take place daily to enable toxins to be eliminated from the body as swiftly as possible.
Essentially, the bowel also provides the passage for elimination of all remaining waste, which is collected in the rectum and excreted through the anus at intervals. Faecal matter can remain in the bowel any length of time from 10 hours to several days, depending on the efficiency of the colon; however, the shorter the transit time, the better. Unfortunately, modern diets – refined, processed, low-‐fibre foods and animal fats, along with the use of allopathic medication and poor health habits and lifestyles can often result in greatly increased transit times. The colon can become a breeding ground for parasites, bacteria and viruses. If your colon is not clean, then your body can’t absorb nutrients from food as effectively as it should.
Almost all mammals, including man, should have one bowel movement for every meal that is eaten every day.
This leads us to the next step: replacing the decimated pathogenic microbes with desirable lactobacilli. This must be done in a massive dose 30-‐60 minutes after each flush; otherwise the unwanted microbes may grow back to full strength after the next meal. Commonly probiotics contain acidophilus and bifidobacteria in addition to other lactobacteria.
See More Information on Pre and Probiotics – Nutrition For Life / Food For Life on this website.
Tissue and Bowel Cleansing Maintenance
When the bowel is dirty, it can harbour an amazing variety of very harmful bacteria and parasites. Constipation contributes toward the lowering of body resistance, predisposing it to many acute illnesses and the creation of many degenerative and chronic processes. Intestinal constipation causes cellular constipation and increases the workload of other excretory organs – kidney, skin, liver, lungs and lymph, which upon overworking has lowered ability to eliminate waste materials. Decline in tissue and organ functionality results.
Never before has man been in more toxic, poisonous environments. From the air, water, food, soil, clothing, things we touch, all find their way into the body. The need to detoxify and cleanse the body has never been greater than right now.
Some Causes of constipation
(Constipation also involves the amount of faecal matter excreted vs what was eaten, not only regularity of bowel movement)
- Faulty nutrition (processed, devitalized foods low in fibre) does not promote health and well-being.
- Ignoring the call to eliminate faeces or urine greatly increases cellular congestion.
- Lack of physical exercise makes weak and flaccid muscle tone that holds up poorly under demands of poor diets and extra eliminative duty
- Emotional and mental strain and tension cause chemical imbalances and abnormal secretions to occur
- Poisons in the form of tobacco, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and sugar have unfavourable effects upon digestion and elimination by upsetting gastric secretions and nerve responses
- Medications are very upsetting to the bowel. Antibiotics can completely eliminate favourable intestinal flora, leaving opportunity for re-infestation by harmful bacteria and viruses
- Not drinking enough water and dehydration causes body tissues and fluids to become thicker. The mucous lining in the colon changes consistency, failing to provide a slick lubrication for movement of faeces.
- Not having healthy routines deny the body regularity and with it never knowing what is coming next, it is always on the defensive. This results in a depletion of vital nerve force and undermines the body’s ability to set periods of rest
- Remove accumulated faecal matter
- Change the diet from a toxin-producing process to that of elimination and cleansing
- Eat plenty of colourful, fresh raw fruit and vegetables daily, do the change-over from soft processed foods diet to a fibre-rich wholesome, Whole food Plant Based diet in gradual manner to avoid excessive flatulence (containing skins, subsequent to washing the fruits and veg properly)
- Do regular fasting sessions and cleanse with juicing
- Do colonic flushing with coffee enemas or colonic irrigations
- Exercise 30 minutes per day. Walking, rebounding, stretching, swimming, cycling, etc.
- The bowel should ideally empty every 6 hours
- Keep medicines to the minimum, work out a medication reduction plan with your doctor
- Have regular/daily natural probiotic – sauerkraut is a good source
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of pure, clean water per day (see tips on WATER)
- Cleanse the mind of old negative and stressed habit patterns
- Don’t try to do it all at once. Go about it slowly but surely in the right direction.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage your wellness, who have knowledge and consciousness about these things.
Bowel Cleanse / Intestinal Cleanse
The purpose of a Bowel Cleanse is to rid the bowel of toxic accumulated waste and provide an optimal environment to re-establish healthy intestinal flora.
The Bowel Cleanse sets the GI tract up for the following processes:
We remove things that negatively affect the environment of the gut, such as inflammatory foods, infections from parasites, bacteria or yeast, and remove the pathogenic microbes in the intestines (we make use of garlic which has a powerful antimicrobial and fungicidal action).
The next step is to begin the repair process of the gut lining, which we do through our Gut Repair Program.
The final step is to replace healthy bacteria in the gut by eating foods rich in L-glutamine (cabbage, spinach, parsley) which in turn heals the gut and creates an optimal environment for healthy bacteria to flourish and then REPLENISH the healthy bacteria in the gut through natural probiotics such as sauerkraut or our liquid Probiotic. In order to maintain a healthy gut, we need to feed the good bacteria. This is done through healthy dietary fibre, by choosing a Whole Food Plant-Based diet.
It’s a Delicate Balance
Factors that can upset the delicate balance of the GI tract include:
- Overgrowth of undesirable bacteria
- Overgrowth of yeast, including candida
- Parasites, such as amoebas
- Viral illnesses, such as measles
- Bad water or poor hygiene
- Too many sweets or starchy foods
- Too many alcoholic beverages
- Food allergies
- Certain medical drugs
- Frequent use of antibiotics
- Exposure to radiation
- Surgical complications
- Physical injury
- Excessive stress
- Environmental toxins
- Genetic sensitivities to any of the above
DBM Protocol – Adjunct Therapy – Bowel Cleanse
For more information see: Body Cleansing: Bowel / Intestinal Cleanse
DBM Protocol – Adjunct Therapy – Nausea – Ginger Tea
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