The correct balance of the gut bacteria is vital to life and health. Many factors can upset this fragile intestinal flora such as drugs, especially antibiotics, stress, toxins and excessive amounts of sugar and protein. Once the this equilibrium is upset the excretory system can go awry. The consumption of prebiotic and probiotic foods can often resolve many excretory system disorders quite quickly and are worth trying as a first port of call.
Prebiotic foods, containing carbohydrates such as as inulin, encourages a healthy intestinal environment to benefit probiotic intestinal flora. Prebiotic is a fairly recently coined name to refer to food components such as oligosaccharides, resistant starch and fermentable fibre that feed certain kinds of bacteria in the colon (large intestine) that have an important influence on the rest of the body. The human digestive system has a hard time breaking down many of these carbohydrates. Almost 90% escapes digestion in the small intestine and reaches the colon where it performs a different function; that of a prebiotic.
The bacteria that feed on fermentable carbohydrate produce many beneficial substances, including short-chain fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin K2 and certain B vitamins. They also promote further absorption of some minerals that have escaped the small intestine, including calcium and magnesium and vitamin K2 which is vital to direct calcium to the bones and is needed in conjunction with vitamin D. This is why it is very important to consume both prebiotic and probiotic foods throughout life and especially when suffering from any kind of infections or health disorders.
Prebiotic foods that feed the existing beneficial bacteria
Probiotic foods contain beneficial bacteria and come from the fermentation process that the food has been allowed to undergo. During and after any treatment with antibiotics, it is advisable to include more probiotic foods in the daily diet to replenish the friendly bacteria that are wiped out by antibiotics. It is advisable to consume probiotics at least an hour before other foods to enable enough beneficial bacteria to survive and pass through the strong stomach acids.
Probiotic foods that contain beneficial bacteria
Miso (a Japanese fermented seasoning made with soya beans, salt and a type of fungus called koji)
Sauerkraut (finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria)
Tempeh (fermented soya beans)
Yoghurt (plain with live cultures)
Psyllium husks are the most highly effective remedy for naturally resolving problems within the bowels by moving waste more easily through the intestinal tract. One teaspoon taken in warm water or juice everyday will greatly assist digestion and excretion and avoid and heal most bowel disorders including anal fissures. Always drink a full glass of water after consuming the psyllium husks.
Marshmallow root is a useful herb for the treatment of diarrhoea and indigestion; along with chronic diseases that cause these symptoms such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, mouth ulcers, enteritis and colitis.
The following are excretory system disorders that there are specific natural remedies for:
When people see spots of blood on the toilet paper and have pain with bowel movements, they often immediately think it's haemorrhoids when the problem may really be a small but painful tear called an anal fissure. Anal fissures are often caused by constipation. If stools are dry and hard, the anal sphincter is forced open wider than normal, resulting in a tear or anal fissure.
Anal fissures also cause a sharp, stinging, often severe pain with the passage of each bowel movement whereas haemorrhoids often cause bleeding but no pain. The pain can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours. In severe cases, the pain can cause a spasm of muscles that surround the rectum, which can cause the pain to intensify. Fortunately, most anal fissures heal rapidly on their own. When a fissure doesn't heal within a few weeks, it's usually because one or more root causes continue to aggravate the fissure.
Causes of anal fissures
The most obvious cause of an anal fissure is direct trauma to the anal canal. Childbirth, anal intercourse and insertion of any foreign bodies into the anal canal can cause a fissure.
In the vast majority of cases, an underlying cause is chronic tension in a muscular ring, called the internal anal sphincter, that surrounds the anal canal. Emotional stress causes the autonomic nervous system to gear up to fight or flight response. One of the consequences of being chronically amped for a fight or flight response is a tense and dysfunctional gastrointestinal tract, which includes a taut internal anal sphincter. If the internal anal sphincter is chronically tense, blood flow to this region is reduced. Reduced blood flow causes the lining of the anus to become more susceptible to tearing. Reduced blood flow to the anus also makes it harder for a fissure to heal.
This is why some people tear relatively easily when they try to pass hard stools, while others don't develop a fissure even when chronically constipated, The tone of the internal anal sphincter largely determines if an anal fissure will develop when the anal canal is excessively stretched.
Lack of exercise and sitting down too much can result in poor circulation which can also result in reduced blood flow to the anus.
Nicotine reduces blood flow by constricting the capillaries so smoking should be avoided.
Avoid eggs when suffering from anal fissures as they can bind up the stools and cause constipation.
Natural remedies for anal fissures
Never strain when on the toilet. If there is a problem with natural excretion consume natural laxatives such as cascara, prunes or senna to soften stools. Eat extra fruit and vegetables which will aid digestion and ease excretion and avoid eggs until the constipation is resolved.
Consuming foods which increase blood flow can help with the healing of anal fissures such as ginger, garlic and turmeric. Crush three cloves of garlic and allow to stand for ten minutes. Add to meals with grated ginger and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Dried garlic or ginger powder may be used as well. Turmeric is good with many dishes such as eggs, fish, rice and salads on vegetables especially cauliflower.
Avoid soap. Wash anal area with warm or hot water without the use of soap or other personal care products. Regular use of soap can cause the lining of the anal canal to become dry, predisposing it to tears when stretched excessively.
Coconut oil: If the anal sphincter is dry or there is an existing fissure, use coconut oil to moisturize the area. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all of the body's linings and it has healing properties for wounds. Some health practitioners in Indonesia have long used coconut oil to effectively treat bed sores and other skin lesions. It's best to apply it to the area throughout the day and before going to bed.
Take a hot bath daily in aloe vera or tea tree oil (or both) to help relax the muscles around the anus and increase blood flow. Both these herbs are poweful natural cleaners and have anti bacterial properties to prevent infection.
Constipation and diarrhoea can be caused by a poor diet, food poisoning, bacteria, virus or yeast infections, disease, parasites and worms, medications and an imbalance of good bacteria in the intestines. Coffee and too much fatty meat and sugar can also have a profound and detrimental affect on digestion. Coffee creates the toxin caffeine hydrochloride when it hits the stomach which causes the liver to over produce bile. Meat can become stuck to the intestinal walls forming undigested clumps of rancid fats. Sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts which then proliferate.
Straining when constipated can cause haemorrhoids and varicose veins and in rare cases has been known to cause strokes therefore it is important to resolve constipation as soon as possible.
Many natural remedies work equally well for both constipation and diarrhoea which are as follows
Natural remedies for constipation
Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a water-soluble fibre that promotes bowel movements. This makes it a great natural treatment for constipation. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it three times a day. Add apple or grape juice to the mix to make it more palatable.
Raw juice therapy can successfully treat constipation.
The best organic natural foods to blend and juice for constipation
Natural remedies for diarrhoea
Coconut water and pineapple are best to drink to rehydrate if diarrhoea is prolonged.
If diarrhoea is due to an infection then consuming probiotic foods such as brine pickles, brine sauerkraut unpasteurized blue cheese, miso, kefir milk, kimchi, kombucha and live organic yoghurt can help to rectify the balance of bacteria in the intestines which can clear up infections and create normal stools.
Fibre is essential to help to normalise stools and make it easier to pass them. Psyllium husks, whole grains, vegetables and fruit are particularly useful for this.
Passion fruit contains components which have the ability to relax the nerves and relieve constipation, colitis and diarrhoea.
Raw juice therapy can successfully treat diarrhoea. The best organic natural foods to juice are:
There are many herbs and spices especially good for digestive problems, food poisoning, infections, constipation and diarrhoea. See the Medicinal Herbs and Spices page.
Diverticular disease is the general term used to describe a number of different disorders that affect the intestinal tract. A diverticulum is a sac-like out pouch found on any part of the gastrointestinal tract - but most common, by far, in the large intestine, especially along the last section, just before the rectum. The presence of these pouches is called diverticulitis, which frequently develops after middle age. If the diverticula become inflamed, which usually only happens when food becomes trapped in a pouch, then the condition is known as diverticulitis.
See the Diverticulitis page for more information and natural remedies.
The main cause of this embarrassing condition
is usually due to the diet. High sugar and salt intake, processed foods with
unnatural additives, artificial sweeteners, lack of phytonutrients and minerals,
lack of fibre, fruit and vegetables and prescription drugs often throw the
body's inner ecosystem out of balance where pathogenic and disease causing
pathogenic bacteria, yeasts and viruses can thrive.
Causes of flatulence
Other more serious complaints which also cause flatulence and bloating are:
Natural remedies for flatulence
When food is eaten too fast, a pint or more of air can get trapped in the gut. With slow, careful chewing, less air will be taken in and the food will become drenched with saliva. Saliva contains enzymes that begin to break down food before it even reaches the gut and chewing helps it to saturate all of the food which in turn aids with proper digestion.
The following natural foods can all alleviate wind problems. A tea may be made with the herbs and ground up seeds and spices with the addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey.
To combat flatulence and bloating eliminate the following from the diet and introduce slowly, one at a time, to find out the cause of the flatulence that may just be an intolerance to certain foods. See Food Allergies
Fatty or fried products
Red and green peppers
Haemorrhoids are normally present veins in the anus and rectum that become swollen and inflamed. Many people suffer haemorrhoids at some time in their lives The peak age is between 45 to 65 years.
Causes of haemorrhoids
Prevention of haemorrhoids
Natural remedies for haemorrhoids
Foods rich in rutin can cure haemorrhoids as this flavonoid acts on the circulatory system to strengthen blood vessels. Foods rich in rutin should be consumed along with foods rich in vitamin E, vitamin C and hesperidin. Follow the blue links below to find natural resources of these nutrients
Butcher's Broom: Butcher's broom is traditional use for haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Butcher's broom contains anti-inflammatory and vein-constricting properties that are believed to improve the tone and integrity of veins and shrink the swollen tissue. It is taken tea form. The tea has a slightly bitter taste, so honey can be used to sweeten it. The tea can be made by steeping one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Butchers broom has also been shown to be effective when applied topically as an ointment or compress.
Bioflavonoids are a type of plant compound that are thought to work by stabilizing and strengthening blood vessel walls and by decreasing inflammation. They have been found to reduce anal discomfort, pain and anal discharge during an acute haemorrhoid attack. Side effects of bioflavonoids appear to be mild and rare, making them a promising treatment for haemorrhoids in pregnancy. The major flavonoids found in citrus fruits, diosmin, herperidin, and oxerutins, appear to be beneficial. In citrus fruits bioflavonoids are found in the white pith material just beneath citrus peel. For all natural foods sources see Bioflavonoids
Fibre can soften stool and increase its bulk, which helps to reduce straining. Foods high in fibre are
fruit skins, legumes, vegetables and whole grains. Psyllium husks, a powdered fibre supplement, is another option that is inexpensive and readily available. A typical amount of psyllium is one teaspoon of the husks in water followed by another glass of water. Another option is ground flaxseeds. Whatever the source of fibre, it is important to drink sufficient water or constipation may worsen. For more natural remedies see Constipation above.
NOTE: People with an allergy to the horse chestnut family, bleeding disorders, or people taking blood thinners should not take horse chestnut. Only products made from the seeds or bark of the young branches should be used. Other parts of the plant are poisonous. Although uncommon, side effects have included kidney damage, severe bleeding, bruising and liver damage.
Maqui berries are the richest source of anthocyanins of any other natural food. The anthocyanins give plants their dark purple and blue colour and exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory activity, and do it as well as drugs for the same purposes, without the negative side effects.
Raw juice therapy can successfully treat haemorrhoids. The best organic natural foods to blend and juice are:
Wormwood Historical documentation shows that this Vietnamese/Chinese herb was used to treat intestinal parasitic infections, haemorrhoids (its an anti-inflammatory) and malaria as early as 2000 years ago. To make a medicinal tea, soak a handful of sweet wormwood leaves in hot water for 20 minutes. Then wring out the juice and drink it all.
External remedies for haemorrhoids
The following herbs can be applied externally as a compress or ointment.
Irritable bowel syndrome causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to intestinal bleeding or any serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with dietary adjustment and stress management. Researchers have yet to discover any specific cause for IBS. One theory is that people who suffer from IBS have a colon, or large intestine, that is particularly sensitive and reactive to certain foods and stress. The immune system, which fights infection, may also be involved.
Crohn's disease: is among the most common, non-infectious inflammatory condition that may affect any part of the gut from the mouth to the anus. It is believed to be due to an autoimmune mechanism.
Ulcerative colitis: only affects the colon and rectum. As its name indicates, IBS is a syndrome: a combination of signs and symptoms. IBS has not been shown to lead to a serious disease, including cancer. Through the years, IBS has been called by many names, among them colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon or spastic bowel. However, no link has been established between IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is a functional disorder of the bowels, meaning that it is in a state of dysfunction although there is not evident pathology of the bowels.
The alimentary tract extends from the mouth to the anus. Most of the length of this tract is made up on the bowels, namely the small intestine and large intestine. The small intestine is divided into three parts; duodenum (leading from the stomach), jejunum and ileum (leading to the large intestine). The large intestine is composed of the cecum, colon and rectum. Most of the digestion, absorption and stool formation occurs within the bowels.
Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic disease characterized by varying degrees
of inflammation of mainly the bowel but may extend to other parts of the
gastrointestinal tract. There are two main types; Crohn’s disease and
ulcerative colitis. Although there are several key differences between the two
conditions, the symptoms are largely the same and it may be difficult
to differentiate. Crohn’s disease more frequently affects the ileum and colon
but can occur in any part of the alimentary tract. Ulcerative colitis is only
seen in the colon and rectum.
The bowels contain trillions of bacterial cells which play an important role in
digestion and absorption of various nutrients. These naturally-occurring
bacteria, known as the normal intestinal flora, also help to prevent the
invasion of the bowel by foreign pathogens. However, the population of these
bacteria needs to be closely controlled by various mechanisms within its
microenvironment to prevent it from becoming harmful to the bowels. There is
some evidence to suggest that in inflammatory bowel disease, the body forms
antibodies against these bacteria which then leads to inflammation that is
ongoing as the bacteria are constantly replenished. The bacterial population may
also, for some reason or the other, pass beyond its normal acceptable limits in
inflammatory bowel disease.
The neighbouring cells that make up the mucosal epithelium lie closely together
and practically join together to form an impermeable membrane. This close
association is known as a tight junction and the effect of the epithelial
barrier is to ensure that substances within the epithelial tissue does not leak
out into the gut and at the same time substances do not enter the tissue spaces
without being absorbed, either passively or actively, as required. One of the
hypotheses around the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease suggests that
this epithelial tight junction barrier function is compromised to some degree
and this may allow for unregulated transport of substances across the mucosal
epithelium. Ultimately this triggers inflammation of the bowel wall. A defective
transport of substances across the epithelial lining may also be another factor
in inflammatory bowel disease, irrespective of the integrity of the tight
Mucosal epithelium lines the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus.
Although there may be differences in the lining of the various portions of the
gut, it is largely the same structure. The mucosa is not a tight impermeable
barrier like the skin but is often just as exposed to the environment; air,
foods and drinks. It has its own immune response known as the mucosal immune
system which is geared to protect it from any invading pathogens. In this manner
it also prevents infiltration into deeper tissue and infection from spreading to
the rest of the body. In inflammatory bowel disease this mucosal immune response
appears to be defective. Inflammatory mediators are abnormally activated and
inflammation therefore sets in despite the obvious absence of any threat to the
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
Other symptoms can be:
Feelings of nervousness, anxiety, guilt, depression, frustration or anger may bring on or aggravate this very common disorder. Coffee, raw fruits and vegetables, hormones, certain medications and overuse of laxatives can promote it, as can an inability of the body to digest the natural sugar found in milk.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis may also occur outside the gut and include joint pain, eye inflammation, skin rashes and lesions and mouth ulcers.
What to avoid
A basic diet avoiding items, which have been associated with IBS, IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may result in marked improvement. Such items to avoid include sugar, sweets, bleached white flour, insoluble fibre, carbohydrates, processed meat and alcohol as well as allergenic foods such as wheat, dairy products and corn.
Alcohol can cause diarrhoea and nausea and interfere with digestion. See Alcohol dangers
Caffeine found in coffee, chocolate, cola and even some medications can stimulate the intestines and cause heartburn and cramping. Coffee is especially aggravating as it reacts with the stomach's normal acids. See Coffee dangers
Chocolate not only contains caffeine but high amounts of sugar and fat all of which can worsen IBS symptoms.
Citrus fruits: Of all the types of fruit, citrus varieties, such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and tangerines, seem to be the most common offenders.
Dairy products: Some sufferers are lactose intolerant, which means they can't digest lactose, the sugar found naturally in milk and other dairy products. Live probiotic yogurt and hard cheeses don't seem to cause any symptoms because their bacterial content converts much of the lactose to lactic acid before they're consumed. Whole-milk dairy products also contain fat, which may be an irritant. Goat's milk can be better tolerated than cow's milk. Yoghurt can actually benefit the digestive system and ease symptoms.
Fatty meats like duck, goose, lamb and pork, butter and oils are more difficult for the body to digest and can cause problems in the intestines.
Lectins are a type of glycoprotein found in many plant foods. Seeds of the grasses such as rice, rye, spelt and wheat have exceptionally high levels of this defensive glycoprotein. Whole wheat, sprouted grains and wheat germ enriched products, all have considerably higher levels of lectins than their processed, refined and non-germinated equivalents and may be ironically contributing to making people significantly less healthy. This may be why the ‘Paleo diet’, which eliminates grains entirely from the diet, may be effective in improving the health and reducing pain and inflammation in some individuals.
Food sources of lectins include most fruits, grains, legumes, herbs, nuts, seeds, spices and vegetables and grain-fed animals. Some types of lectins are destroyed during processing and digestion however others are not and can cause the pain and inflammation and health problems mentioned above. The most common potentially 'toxic' lectin containing food groups are:
NOTE: Dairy products may be potentially more harmful when pasteurised and processed because of the reduction of SIgA, an immunoglobulin that binds to and eliminates dangerous lectins.
Nightshades: Aubergine, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family that contain inflammation inducing alkaloids and , although not truly nightshades, ashwaganda, blueberries, goji berries and huckleberries also share the same alkaloids. The Solanaceae family contains cholinesterase inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroid alkaloids including, among others, capsaicin in peppers, nicotine in tobacco, solanine in aubergines and potatoes and tomatine in tomatoes. The glycoalkaloids in potatoes are known to contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and negatively affect intestinal permeability.
Sugar free products especially chewing gum: Specifically, those made with sorbitol or aspartame can aggravate IBS symptoms because the artificial sweetener is not digestible. See Aspartame Dangers.
Wheat can irritate the lining of the intestines and should be avoided when suffering from IBS or any other colon and intestinal disorders. Many processed products contain wheat so labels should be checked carefully. Amaranth, coconut flour, millet, quinoa and rice flours are good alternatives to use in place of wheat.
Visit the Food allergies page to learn more about foods that cause inflammation and contribute to immune system disorders, IBS and other intestinal disorders including leaky gut.
Natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome
Mainstream medicine usually treats ulcerative colitis as an immune disorder and often prescribe the dangerous steroids and other drugs to control symptoms. Natural remedies, on the other hand, often control symptoms and lead to prolonged remission without drugs, side effects or surgery. Some of the best are:
Black seed oil is a natural immune modulator that can help prevent immune dysfunction which may cause ulcerative colitis.
Cabbage: Juice of the cabbage soothes the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. To turn it into juice, wash and put through a juicer or blender. If these are not available, cook the cabbage in a very small amount of water, just enough to keep it from scorching or burning, until very mushy. Then mash with a fork or mixer. NOTE: Avoid cabbage if suffering with thyroid problems, kidney stones, gallstones, joint problems or osteoporosis
Carrots: Help to prevent the symptoms of IBS as well as regulate diarrhoea and constipation. Eat them raw with avocado or in salads or steamed. They can be juiced too but they're not a juicy vegetable so add a little pure apricot nectar when making carrot juice. Don't overcook them to avoid loss of nutrients. In order to absorb the carotenoids in carrots they must be consumed with fatty foods such as avocado, nuts or rapeseed or olive oil.
Curcumin is a natural immune modulator that can help prevent immune dysfunction which may cause ulcerative colitis.
Fennel seeds can relieve the intestinal spasms associated with IBS. They may also aid
in the elimination of fats from the digestive system, inhibiting the
over production of mucus in the intestine, which is a symptom of the ailment.
Make a tea with the seeds by adding 1/2 teaspoon fennel to 1 cup boiling water,
steep for 15 minutes then strain and drink after meals.
Or add them to vegetables such as carrots or cabbage, both of which soothe IBS
symptoms. They can be sprinkled on salads or roasted and consumed as a snack after a meal to reduce the symptoms of IBS
(they also freshen the breath). To
roast, sprinkle a baking sheet with olive oil, then cover with fennel seeds. Bake
at 325F for 10 to 15 minutes. NOTE: avoid seeds and nuts if suffering
Frankincense has been found to block chemical reactions involved in
inflammation. NOTE: Rare side effects of frankincense include diarrhoea, heart burn,
nausea and skin rash.
Maqui berry is a Chilean 'super fruit' which contains the highest amount of antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds than any other known natural food. Regular consumption can relieve the symptoms of colitis.
Marshmallow is a useful herb for the treatment of diarrhoea and indigestion; along with chronic diseases that cause these symptoms such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, mouth ulcers, enteritis and colitis.
Oat bran: Increasing fibre is a cure for almost every intestinal ill and oat bran is especially good for IBS because it is mild and colon friendly. Consume some every day: a bowl of oatmeal or oat bran bread. It may take up to a month to get any IBS relief. There are other whole grains that are equal to oat bran in nutritional value and cause no irritation of the stomach lining see the Whole Grains section.
Oleander leaf is a natural immune modulatorthat can help prevent immune dysfunction which may cause ulcerative colitis.
Passion fruit contains components which have the
ability to relax the nerves and relieve
constipation, colitis and diarrhoea.
Pineapple: Can prevent dehydration when severe diarrhoea is present.
Psyllium husks: Are invaluable in the treatment of bowel problems as they help with digestion and provide lots of fibre making the stool soft and easily passed. Try mixing a small carton of live probiotic yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon psyllium husks and eating the mixture one hour after meals. Or mix one teaspoon with a large glass of water and consume daily upon waking. Always drink plenty of water with psyllium husks.
Drinking around six glasses of non-carbonated, bottle mineral water a day is important, especially when there is diarrhoea or an increase of fibre intake.
Nutrients that can help protect against and treat irritable bowel syndrome
Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation in people with ulcerative colitis.
Magnesium ia a natural immune modulator that can help prevent immune dysfunction which may cause ulcerative colitis. has been leeched from the soil with modern day intensive farming techniques and is not replaced, which may explain the lack of it in the diet leading to the increase of immune dysfunctions in humans.
Vitamin C helps protect and heal the mucosa.
helps with digestion and absorption of
and can reduce
chronic inflammatory conditions.
10-15 minutes of midday sunshine on the skin can provide all the
vitamin D the body needs. It is not the same as sunbathing; the skin simply needs to be exposed to sunlight. Through a window is not enough. Over exposure of the suns rays can be dangerous for the skin but no exposure at all can be equally detrimental.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in sunlight convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D.
During the winter months (October-April) when it is too cold to expose the skin to the sun and in the northern hemisphere there is not enough UVB rays from the sun anyway, it is advisable to raise
the weekly intake of oily fish and cod liver oil.
Other sources of vitamin D are:
goat's milk, wild mushrooms
Visit the Medicinal Herbs and Spices page to find more natural remedies. Everyone is individual so different remedies will have different effects.
Raw juice therapy can successfully treat colitis and bowel problems. The best organic natural foods to blend and juice are:
Stress should be avoided as it may cause the onset of ulcerative colitis symptoms. Mind/body therapies such as breathing exercises and meditation can help. Gentle stretching exercises can also help the digestive system. Too much sitting can exasperate symptoms.
Cleansing and fasting helps eliminate toxins and restore natural balance. See the Cleanse and Detoxify page for natural cleansing foods.
Certain types of foods can make the symptoms of diarrhoea and gas worse. To help ease symptoms, try:
Sclerosing mesenteritis is a disease characterised by degeneration (necrosis), inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) of fatty (adipose) tissue of the mesentery. The mesentery is a fold of tissue of the peritoneum that supports and attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers the abdominal organs. It is the small bowel mesentery that is usually affected by sclerosing mesenteritis. Read more and find natural remedies.
Medicinal herbs useful for treating all types of excretory system disorders
See also Intestines
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