When the pyloric
sphincter valve opens, chyme enters the duodenum where it mixes with
digestive enzymes from the pancreas, and then passes through the small
intestine, in which digestion continues. When the chyme is fully digested,
it is absorbed into the blood. 95% of absorption of nutrients occurs in the
The large intestine comprises of the second part of the alimentary canal.
The large intestine consists of the cecum and colon. It begins at the right
iliac region of the pelvis (the region just at or below the right waist)
where is continues from the small intestine and continues up the abdomen.
Thereafter it traverses across the width of the abdominal cavity and then it
turns down, continuing to its endpoint at the anus.
intestine normally houses over 36 species of bacteria. These are called commensal bacteria and have a variety of important functions including the
production and absorption of
Therefore a lack of the right bacteria in the colon can lead to a deficiency
in these vital amino acids, especially if they are not being consumed
adequately in the diet.
bacteria breakdown the undigested polysaccharides or
fibres in diet into
short-chain fatty acids. These can be absorbed by the large intestine by
passive diffusion. The bacteria also produce gas (flatus), which is a
mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, with small amounts of the gases
hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen sulphide. These result from the bacterial
fermentation of undigested polysaccharides.
The mucosa of the
large intestine also secretes bicarbonates to neutralise the increased
acidity resulting from the formation of these fatty acids and other
digestive components at earlier parts of the intestines. The mucosal layer
of the large intestine also acts as a mucosal barrier and protects from
microbial infections and invasions. The large intestine, particularly the
appendix, is a confluence of several lymphoid tissues which help in the
production of antibodies and cross reactive antibodies.
The bacteria in
the colon are fed by fibre
in the diet which also aids in the movement of food through the intestines.
The bacteria also aid in the production of an enzyme called lactase
necessary to digest milk and milk products. Without lactase milk allergies (lactose
intolerance) are the result.
The ideal pH of
the colon is between 6.7 and 6.9.
acid are some of the by-products from bacteria that help create this.
The acid environment inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria such as
salmonella, which causes food poisoning, shigella, the cause of diarrhoea
and E-Coli, which can cause intestinal disease and
kidney failure. Good bacteria also produce a volatile fatty acid, which
along with the other acids, make it difficult for fungus and yeast (candida)
to survive. A high fibre diet and good bacterial flora can lower
cancer and even improve fat digestion by providing more bile acids.
absorbed into the blood in the colon then waste material is compacted and
stored then eliminated from the rectum during defecation. It takes nearly 24
to 30 hours to complete the digestive process.
This is a
peritoneal pouch that is considered to be the beginning of the large
intestine. It receives faecal material from the ileum and connects to the
ascending colon of the large intestine. It is separated from the ileum by
the ileocecal valve or Bauhin's valve. It is also separated from the colon
by the cecocolic junction. The appendix is connected to the cecum. Doctors
and scientists still do not know the purpose of the appendix. Some believe
it may have a connection with the immune system as it does produce small
amounts of mucus and antibodies but as yet it has not been proved.
THE KREBS CYCLE
The Krebs Cycle, named after Hans Krebs, also known as the citric acid cycle or the or the tricarboxylic acid cycle, is the sequence of reactions by which most living cells generate energy. It takes place in the mitochondria producing carbon dioxide and water as waste products. Most summaries of the Krebs Cycle will usually indicate that the cycle is an aerobic process (one that requires oxygen) that produces adenosine triphosphate by breaking down glucose. However, no oxygen is used in the cycle as can be seen from the equation below:
acetyl CoA + 3 NAD + FAD + ADP + HPO4-2 ---------> 2 CO2 + CoA + 3 NADH+ + FADH+ + ATP
In reality, the Krebs Cycle is not only part of the pathway for the breakdown of glucose but also for the breakdown of all metabolites, including other sugars, amino acids and fatty acids. Each of these groups of molecules has a pathway that leads into the Krebs Cycle. For example, carbohydrates are converted into acetyl CoA by the process of glycolysis while fatty acids are converted into acetyl CoA by the beta oxidation pathway. In each case, the molecules are converted into products that enter the Krebs Cycle. In addition, intermediates from the Krebs Cycle can go the other direction and be used to synthesize molecules such as amino acids and fatty acids. For example, acetyl CoA can be used to synthesize fatty acids.
The Krebs Cycle is usually shown as beginning with pyruvate instead of acetyl CoA. Pyruvate is a three carbon molecule that is primarily formed by glycolysis or from some amino acids. Pyruvate is converted to acetyl CoA in the mitochondrion and so serves as a direct connection to the Krebs Cycle. This reaction is not really part of the Krebs Cycle, however, since pyruvate is most often generated by glycolysis (which occurs in the cytoplasm of the cell) and the oxidation of pyruvate occurs in the mitochondrion which is associated with the cycle.
In simplified terms, the Krebs Cycle is a part of respiration that is an ever-repeating cycle that produces adenosine triphosphate and gives off carbon dioxide. To summarize:
· Two molecules of carbon dioxide are given off.
· One molecule of adenosine triphosphate is formed.
· Three molecules of NAD+ are combined with hydrogen (NAD+ → NADH)
· One molecule of FAD+ combines with hydrogen (FAD+ → FADH)
Because two acetyl-CoA molecules are produced from each glucose molecule, two cycles are required per glucose molecule. Therefore, at the end of two cycles, the products are: two ATP, six NADH2, two FADH2 two QH2 (ubiquinol) and four CO2.
At the end of the Krebs cycle, the final product is oxaloacetic acid. This is identical to the oxaloacetic acid that begins the cycle. Now the molecule is ready to accept another acetyl-CoA molecule to begin another turn of the Krebs Cycle.
ACID REFLUX, HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is when food, acid contents, bilious
material or pancreatic juices travel back up into the oesophagus, causing
discomfort more than twice a week. The acid solution that splashes up into
the oesophagus causes inflammation, irritation and scarring, which can
narrow the circumference of the oesophagus. Symptoms include hoarseness,
food getting stuck, burning, irritation, nausea, coughing, wheezing, asthma
symptoms and eroded tooth enamel. It also increases the chances of
developing oesophageal cancer.
are overweight or older tend to be affected more since abdominal fat
interferes with oesophagus function, and the oesophageal sphincter, which
prevents backsplash, weakens with age. Other things that can relax the
sphincter are alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and nicotine.
Taking antacid and indigestion tablets and liquids can cause more problems than the one it is suppose to be addressing. These preparations can contain aluminium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, magnesium and sodium bicarbonate all of which can cause adverse health conditions especially when taken in excess. Antacid drugs can also affect other medications either increasing or decreasing their effects which can also cause complications .For patients with conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, renal failure and those who have sodium or salt-restricted diets, antacids and indigestion tablets should be avoided and natural remedial action should be taken instead along with a small change in the diet to include the foods mentioned below. Children under the age of six should never be given antacid or indigestion tablets.
Acid reflux is not caused by excess acid production, as often thought (and promoted heavily by antacid drug manufacturers), but rather by a lack of it causing undigested food to automatically be brought back up (along with stomach acids) to be re-chewed. Stopping this natural reaction by using anti-acid drugs is not going to address the underlying cause of the problem but rather may make it worsen as less acid in the stomach means poorer digestion which means the stomachs problems will probably escalate due to a lack of the nutrients it requires to be healed. A lack of stomach acid can also promote the proliferation of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria and Candidia yeast which makes the problem worsen too as this can damage the stomach lining and lead to ulcers. The fact that one can get indigestion along with acid reflux proves that it is not an over production of stomach acids that is causing the problem as indigestion would not occur if there was sufficient (or excess of stomach acids) available to digest the food.
The stomach is protected from the acids whereas the throat is not which causes the, sometimes intense, pain associated with acid reflux and heart burn. Changing the diet, removing certain items from it and adding the natural foods listed below and using natural remedies that will address the underlying cause will resolve the problem and remove the need to ever take damaging antacid drugs again. Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion are most often caused by the following which are all fairly easily resolvable:
Antibiotics due to killing off he beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Anxiety and stress.
Carbonated (fizzy) drinks.
Eating food too quickly without chewing properly.
Excess meat protein which takes a long time to digest.
Fatty foods such as avocados, butter, cheese, cream and meats such as lamb, pork, poultry especially duck and veal.
Gall bladder disorders.
Garlic, uncooked, can cause irritation to the stomach.
Greasy fried foods.
Fructose in fruit juices can cause abdominal pain and gas as it passes undigested into the colon. Consume fruit juices with a meal to avoid this.
Helicobacter pylori bacteria overload in the stomach.
Lack of fibre in the diet.
Medications especially those for pain relief such as aspirin.
Not cooking food correctly before eating it.
Oils made from fish, nuts and seeds etc.
Spices. Some hot spices can cause intestinal discomfort and irritate the stomach lining if it is already damaged.
Yeast (such as Candida) overload in the stomach.
It is best to try eliminating each of the above, one at a time, to try to find out the cause. Sometimes there may be an underlying medical condition that is the cause and, if avoiding the above does not bring relief, further investigation should be carried out into the possibility of the following conditions:
Each one with a blue link has natural remedies listed on this website.
FOODS THAT CAN HELP TO STOP ACIDITY PROBLEMS
organic live probiotic yoghurt
grapes, lemon, papaya, mosambi,
Herbs and teas: anise seeds,
To help relieve indigestion make a tea and sip slowly after consuming a full meal. Peppermint should be avoided by those suffering from heartburn.
are an alkaline-producing food that can balance the body's pH as
they are a good source of
barley, brown rice,
buckwheat, oats, millet, quinoa,
TIPS TO AVOID ACID REFLUX AND HEARTBURN
well before swallowing and do not drink water or milk or anything liquid
that will dilute the saliva in the mouth. If the food is not partially
broken down by saliva in the mouth it puts added pressure on the stomach.
Avoid wheat and coffee as they can irritate the stomach lining.
and yeast products and spreads as this can cause problems with digestion.
Beer and white bread can irritate the intestines if suffering from acid
reflux and indigestion.
something before drinking any alcohol or taking medications. Alcohol or drugs entering an empty stomach can cause
many digestive problems and damage the stomach lining leading to Helicobacter pylori bacteria and Candidia yeast infections.
least 10 percent of excess body fat can vastly improve acid reflux symptoms.
clothing that is too tight.
Avoid intense exercise or swimming within 30 minutes of eating because the blood flow to the stomach is automatically restricted when the body is highly active which can lead to stomach cramps and indigestion. However, a leisurely walk or standing up
to wash up after eating can help with digestion by increasing circulation.
down right after eating or eat within three hours of bedtime.
head of the bed if acid reflux happens at night.
the stomach or right side can cause additional pressure that increases acid
reflux. Left-side sleepers report relief.
NATURE CURES REMEDIES FOR ACID REFLUX, HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION
Contrary to what most people believe, acidic foods actually have an alkalising effect and do not increase acid production in the stomach which is not the underlying problem in any case. Including plenty of fibre and algae in the diet like seaweeds and spirulina and red coloured fish and seafood can provide nutrients that will eliminate the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, balance the stomach acids and heal the stomach. Because animal fats and excess meat protein can add to digestive problems because they take so long to digest, only the plant and fish and seafood sources of nutrients are shown here.
vera juice: Drink two
ounces of unprocessed
vera juice daily. The juice of the aloe plant naturally helps reduce inflammation, which may ease symptoms of acid reflux. Drink about 113 ml of aloe vera juice before meals. It may have a laxative effect so should be taken in moderation.
cider vinegar: Take 1 to 2
teaspoons daily of apple
cider vinegar in a glass of water. It can be mixed with honey in tea or instead of lemon
in tea. Many people mistakenly believe all acid reflux and indigestion is
caused by an overproduction of acid. The latest research shows it's actually
the opposite for most people: There is too little acid produced to
adequately digest the food eaten which forces the stomach to regurgitate it
to be broken down further.
Astaxanthin: This exceptionally potent antioxidant has been found to reduce symptoms of acid reflux in patients when compared to a placebo, particularly in those with pronounced Helicobacter pylori infection. Pink and red coloured fresh water and seafood such as crab, crawfish, lobster, prawns, red sea bream, red trout, salmon, salmon roe (eggs) and shrimp are natural sources of astaxanthin. The highest concentration of this powerful antioxidant is found in a type of algae known as Haematococcus microalgae and red krill oil.
Betaine: Consuming foods rich in betaine can also help to eliminate the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause ulcers. Highest sources of betaine in milligrams per 100 grams are:
Quinoa 630 mg
Beetroot 256 mg
Rye flour (146 mg
Shellfish 144 mg
Kamut 113 mg
White fish 88mg
Bulgur wheat 83 mg
Wholegrain wheat flour 77mg
Sweet potato, sunflower seeds 35 mg
Oat flour 31 mg
Curry powder 29 mg
Basil (dried) 16 mg
Cashew nuts, mushrooms (Portobello), salmon 11 mg
Oregano, turmeric 10 mg
Cinnamon 4 mg
Ginger (ground powder) 3 mg
Bicarbonate of soda: This can balance the acid/alkaline levels in the stomach. One-half to one full teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in an 226 ml (8 oz) glass of water may ease the burn of acid reflux as it helps neutralise stomach acid. It can help in an emergency when the pain is excruciating but, due to its high sodium content, should not be taken regularly especially by those with high blood pressure.
Bran is especially good at reducing digestion problems and should be included in the diet daily. It can be consumed as a breakfast or added to gravy, soups and sauces as a thickening agent.
sauerkraut and other
probiotic and fermented foods work well to help stimulate acid production as well
as providing the right kind of bacteria for the stomach.
Caraway or fennel seeds: A small spoonful of either of these chewed and swallowed can provide acid reflux and indigestion relief. Both seeds contain oil that relieve spasms in the gut, relieve nausea and control flatulence.
Chamomile tea: Before bed, try a cup of chamomile tea, which can help soothe stomach inflammation and help with sleep.
Coconut: Drink pure
coconut water and consume
coconut regularly. Coconut is rich in fibre which can feed the friendly
bacteria in the intestines and is antifungal, antiviral and kills pathogenic
bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori.
Ginger: Ginger has been found to have a gastro protective effect by blocking acid and suppressing helicobacter pylori better than drugs can. Add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to 284 ml (half a pint) of hot water. Let steep for about half an hour. Drink about 20 minutes or so before a meal.
Glutamine and glutamic acid: Gastrointestinal damage caused by Helicobacter pylori can be addressed with the amino acid glutamine, found in many foods. The body requires both amino acids glutamine and glutamic acid to function correctly and therefore, consuming unprocessed foods rich in both these amino acids on a daily basis is necessary.
Natural sources of glutamine
Beef, beetroot, cabbage, chlorella, kombu, legumes, parsley, propolis, seaweed, spinach and spirulina.
Natural sources of glutamic acid
Apples, apricots, chlorella, kombu, legumes, seaweed and spirulina.
juice: First thing
after waking drink a cup of warm water and fresh
juice. By drinking this on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before
eating anything else, the body can naturally balance out its acid levels. It
is a good digestive aid and is safe for all users.
Psyllium husks: Often
digestive problems including heartburn and acid reflux are caused by an
imbalance of the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Consuming
foods rich in
soluble fibre and
insoluble fibre through out the day can resolve most digestive
Psyllium husks is especially effective at reducing digestion problems. Take one tablespoon of psyllium husks daily with plenty of water.
Slippery elm: This herb, as the name suggests, coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines, and contains antioxidants that can help address inflammatory bowel conditions. It also stimulates nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract. This helps increase mucus secretion, which protects the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity. Slippery elm can be taken in the following ways:
Tea: Pour 568 ml (one pint) of boiling water over 4 g (roughly 2 tablespoons) of powdered bark, then steep for 3 - 5 minutes and strain. Drink three times per day.
Tincture: 5 ml three times per day.
Capsules: 400 - 500 mg 3 - 4 times daily for 4 - 8 weeks. Take with a full glass of water.
Lozenges: follow dosing instructions on label.
Vitamin B Complex: The B vitamins can reduce occurrences of acid reflux. Higher B9 (foliate or folic acid) intake can reduce acid reflux by approximately 40 percent. Low vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6
levels are also linked to an increased risk for acid reflux. The consumption of alcohol and taking medications can cause a severe deficiency in the B vitamins.
Highest sources of vitamin B2 in milligrams per 100 grams
Highest sources of vitamin B5 in milligrams per 100 grams
Highest sources of vitamin B6 in milligrams per 200 grams
Rice bran 4.07 mg
Sage 2.69 mg
Brewer’s yeast 1.50 mg
Sunflower seeds 1.35 mg
Wheat germ 1.30 mg
Pistachio nuts 1.12 mg
Tuna fish 1.04 mg
Shiitake mushrooms 0.97 mg
Highest sources of vitamin B9 in micrograms per 100 grams:
Vitamin D: This vitamin is important for addressing any infectious component. Once the vitamin D levels are sufficient the production of over 200 antimicrobial peptides will help the body eradicate any infection including Helicobacter pylori. Vitamin D is gained through appropriate amounts of sun exposure on bare skin, however, during the winter months (October to April) the sun is too weak in the northern hemisphere for the skin to produce vitamin D and therefore the diet must include vitamin D rich foods such as the following which is listed in order of highest sources in micrograms per 100 grams:
Krill oil - 1 teaspoon: 1000 IU
Eel - 85 g or 3 oz: 792 IU
Maitake mushrooms - 70 g: 786 IU
Rainbow trout - 85 g or 3 oz: 540 IU
Cod liver oil - 1 teaspoon: 440 IU
Mackerel - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Salmon - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Halibut - 85 g or 3 oz: 196 IU
Tuna - 85 g or 3 oz: 228 IU
Sardines - 85 g or 3 oz: 164 IU
Chanterelle mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 155 IU
Egg yolk - 1 large: 41 IU
Caviar - 28g or 1 oz: 33 IU
Hemp seeds - 100 g or 3.5 oz: 22 IU
Portabella mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 6 IU
This develops when a blockage forms within the organ. A blockage can result from impacted faecal matter or a condition called lymphoid hyperplasia. Lymphoid hyperplasia can be the result of Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, mononucleosis, measles or gastrointestinal infections. In lymphoid hyperplasia, the appendix produces an overabundance of normal cells. These cells create a blockage in the appendix, causing it to become inflamed, which then compromises blood flow to the area. The loss of blood flow causes the tissue in the appendix to die and eventually leads to the appendix bursting
The time it takes between the formation of a blockage and the point where the appendix actually perforates, or bursts, is usually around 72 hours. During that time there are several symptoms that indicate there is a problem. The first sign is normally a vague pain around the navel. As the inflammation develops, the pain moves toward the right side of the body in the direction of the hip. Other symptoms that develop over the next 24 hours may include nausea, vomiting, fever and something called "rebound tenderness" which is a pain when fingers pressed into the area are quickly released. In some cases the patient may also experience a swollen abdomen, back pain and/or constipation.
Time is critical when dealing with the appendix so any symptoms like those above should be looked at promptly by medical staff at a hospital. Once the appendix ruptures, it spills inflammatory fluids and bacteria into the abdominal cavity which can be fatal. If the patient has a ruptured appendix prior to surgery, the risk of complications increases 10 times.
BACTERIAL (PATHOGENIC) AND FUNGAL OVERGROWTH
There is a
fragile balance of trillions of various species of bacteria and fungi which
reside in the human intestines. Everyone's numbers of the different species
of bacteria and fungi vary but overall there are certain types of good
bacteria that keep the bad bacteria and fungi in check. Any imbalance will
cause problems. It is now known that conditions such as stomach ulcers and
irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by certain types of bacteria
proliferating in the intestines.
and fungal overgrowth is a very common condition and very often goes
undiagnosed for many years as doctors do not seem to have the facilities to
test for or understand the importance of, an ideal balance of bacteria in
the stomach. It may well be that this is because medications are the number
one cause of this imbalance and this complicates the doctor's diagnosis and
would inhibit their prescribing of medicines for other conditions.
human body can withstand bacterial imbalances for many years without serious
life threatening complications and because many people are too embarrassed
to get treatment for this condition it remains a taboo subject. But many are
suffering in silence and it does need to be addressed as it can eventually
lead to nutrient deficiency, organ failures and cancer.
CAUSES OF IMBALANCES IN THE INTESTINES
overtaxes the liver which then begins to malfunction producing less bile
which in turn causes a proliferation of undigested protein and fats.
Coffee produces too much stomach acid which can affect the bacterial
Diet, too much consumption of carbohydrates, animal fats, starch and
sugar feeds the bad bacteria and yeasts.
Drugs, the toxic chemicals in drugs kills good bacteria in the
stomach especially the prescribed medications of antibiotics and steroids.
Inefficient immune system may be due to a fungal or viral infection elsewhere, steroid medication and other anti organ rejection drugs.
Nutrient deficiency. The good bacteria is supported by certain
vitamins and minerals. If these are lacking in the body this can result in
bad bacteria overgrowth. Modern society has created a growing
deficiency in vitamin D which is a vital nutrient for a healthy immune
Sedentary lifestyle, sitting for too many hours everyday allows food to
remain undigested in the intestines for too long.
Stress and worry; causes the stomach to produce too much acid which
in turn kills off the good bacteria in the stomach
SYMPTOMS OF BACTERIA AND FUNGAL OVERGROWTH
A change in
bowel movements and colour, size, consistency, odour and shape of the stool.
Acid indigestion and heartburn
Burping, can be painful and loud
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Stomach and pelvic pain; especially before or during bowel movements
Weight loss or weight gain
antimicrobials used to treat bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the stomach
coated herbal oil capsules kill bacteria and fungi or yeasts in the small
intestine. These consist of the oil that has an edible, hard shell around it
so that the capsule doesn't open and release it's contents until it is has
reached the small intestine. The course of treatment is usually 1 to 6
months of one to two capsules three times a day taken in between meals with
a glass of water. The following herbs can be found in capsule form and prove
a useful remedy for bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
olive leaf extract,
side effects of herbal capsules can include heartburn, rectal burning
and minty burping.
a natural antibiotic plant alkaloid
which can successfully treat intestinal bacterial overgrowth and is found in the
tree, Chinese goldthread,
tree turmeric and
Grapefruit seed extract in liquid form is useful for people who don’t
like taking capsules. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink in
NOTE: Grapefruit and some herbal oils can interact with many types of
prescribed medications. Consult a health practitioner before taking with any
daily consumption of
probiotic foods which contain live bacteria cultures can help readdress
the balance of bacteria in the intestines. They must be consumed before food
and on their own in order for enough bacteria to survive beyond the stomach.
Capsules can be a better way to consume them too.
a tablespoon of
psyllium husks, mixed with juice or water and followed by
a second full glass of water can improve digestion and readdress the
Excretory System and
Coeliac disease, also known as celiac disease, gluten intolerance, celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten from certain grains such as barley, rye and wheat leads to damage in the small intestine and is estimated to affect one in 100 people worldwide. Coeliac disease can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten.
When people with coeliac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small finger-like projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common non-digestive symptoms of coeliac disease and sometimes an individual will have no noticeable gastrointestinal symptoms of coeliac disease, but instead have mainly peripheral neuropathy and other neurological symptoms.
Left untreated, it can lead to additional serious health problems often due to nutrient deficiencies or autoimmune disorders and is often associated with the following:
Currently, the only treatment for coeliac disease is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. People living gluten-free must avoid foods which contain wheat, rye and barley, such as bread and beer. Ingesting small amounts of gluten, like crumbs from a cutting board or toaster, can trigger small intestine damage.
See also Gluten Intolerance under Food Allergies for alternative gluten-free foods and more information.
Abdominal colic is severe spasmodic pain in the abdomen caused by
distension, obstruction or inflammation. In adults, the spasmodic pain may
appear suddenly or develop gradually and become chronic. Abdominal colic in
adults has many possible causes, some of which are potentially serious so it
is best investigate as soon as possible. Vaginal or rectal bleeding and
fever may indicate a serious problem, such as miscarriage, ectopic
pregnancy, a bowel blockage or an infection.
For mild abdominal colic where there has not been a bowel movement in
several days or longer
psyllium husks can relieve the spasms that may be associated with
constipation. Eating a
fibre diet and drinking plenty of bottled
mineral water, fruits and vegetables and
green tea can also help prevent and treat constipation and associated
Eat smaller meals and avoid caffeine, alcohol, wheat, dairy and chocolate,
all of which can trigger abdominal colic in some people, such as those with
irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance.
Go for a walk if the pain allows or take a warm bath or shower. In some
cases, this can temporarily ease colic pain, especially if it is caused by
kidney stones usually cause abdominal pain in adults.
Severe cramping or abdominal colic in pregnant women is never normal so must
be investigated immediately.
Natural foods to
consume to treat colic in adults
Spices: black pepper,
Derivatives: bicarbonate of soda,
caraway seed tea,
and ginger if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication)
aspirin or ibuprofen or have problems with blood clotting, have heart
problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Try cutting out the following foods one
at a time to find the culprit that may be causing colic symptoms:
bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, coffee, corn, corn syrup, cows' milk dairy products,
chilli pepper, chocolate, cinnamon, cucumbers, curry, eggs, garlic, ice
cream, kiwifruit, nuts, onion, pineapple, seeds, soy, strawberries, wheat,
citrus fruits and their juices such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and herbal supplements.
By a process of elimination it is
possible to find out which food is causing the colic.
Colic in Babies
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers within the large bowel and rectum. There are some foods and substances that may irritate and worsen symptoms of ulcerative colitis in some individuals such as:
dairy products (if lactose intolerant)
dried beans, peas and legumes
foods that contain sulphur or sulphate
foods high in fibre
nuts, crunchy nut butters
products that have sorbitol (sugar-free gum and confectionary)
raw fruits and vegetables
Linoleic acid, is an inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid found in foods such as walnuts, olive oil, egg yolks and coconut oil, can also exacerbate symptoms of ulcerative colitis in some people. It is a case of eliminating each of the above foods individually from the diet to see if conditions improve then reintroducing them if there is no change and eliminating another one.
The diet for omnivores should be well balanced and rich in protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats especially anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from fish sources. Yoghurt with live cultures can help to improve symptoms when the individual is not also lactose intolerant. Complex carbohydrates are also important and can be gained from whole-grain breads and pastas and starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, beans, peas and lentils. Vegetarians must ensure they consume enough protein rich foods such as soya products, brown rice, beans and whole grains.
See also Food Allergies
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
diverticulosis. See the
Diverticulosis page for more information and natural remedies.
Gas, belching and
bad breath due to dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the disturbance of the normal
bacteria in the gut, with reduced levels of the essential bacteria. The
concept of dysbiosis is largely ignored by the medical profession in the UK,
but is widely accepted on the continent, particularly in Germany.
The most common causes of dysbiosis, and the reason why it is so common in
the west, is the high consumption of refined
sugar and the inappropriate use of antibiotics. Viral illnesses are
commonly and immediately treated with antibiotics, but this is
viruses. Whilst this may be effective in dealing with an acute bacterial
infection, these so-called wide-spectrum antibiotics kill off a large range
of bacteria, including the normal healthy bugs in the gut. This is why
disturbed bowel action, particularly diarrhoea, commonly follows a course of
antibiotics. Ironically, the overuse of antibiotics increases the need for
future antibiotics, as the dysbiosis induced by them suppresses the immune
Other medications enhance the development of dysbiosis. Hormones,
particularly those taken to treat menopausal symptoms, appear to encourage
dysbiosis and make it more difficult to treat. This only applies to hormones
taken by mouth, and not those administered by an adhesive patch.
Stress, too, has
a role in increasing the development of dysbiosis. This may not be a direct
effect, but one which results from poor dietary intake and inappropriate
eating habits. Convenience foods, together with rapid and infrequent meals,
do not help normal bacteria to develop.
The main symptom of Dysbiosis is disturbed bowel action, which may
be either diarrhoea or constipation, or a combination of both together with
excessive wind and abdominal distension. Other symptoms that are a result of
the dysbiosis may be present, and may be so severe that the underlying
dysbiosis is ignored.
Clearly, the treatment of dysbiosis involves the replacement of the
correct bacteria into the gut, but this is not as easy as it appears. Many
bacteria taken by mouth do not even reach the intestine, as they are killed
by the stomach acid. In addition, as there are trillions of bacteria in the
gut, a large dose, and over a prolonged period, is necessary. The type of
bacteria is also important, and depends on factors such as dietary habits.
In the majority of probiotic formulations the beneficial bacteria are in a
dormant state and only become active on exposure to a moist environment.
Preparations that attempt to replace the bowel bacteria are
collectively known as probiotics, as they encourage rather than discourage (as
with antibiotics). To be successful, therefore, a probiotic must fulfil
•It must contain sufficient numbers of bacteria to ensure that
enough reach their destination (passing through the stomach without too
great a loss)
•The bacteria must be of types applicable to the individual. If possible,
they should also be strains that are specific to the human
•They should be presented in an acceptable and palatable form
•The low pH of the stomach can affect the viability of the probiotic
strains, so the use of micro-encapsulated strains to enhance colonisation in
the gut is an advantage. Also, taking probiotics with your main meal of the
day, or just after, will have a buffering effect on the low pH of the
Check the pH of saliva with pHydrion paper. If it is below 7.2 then there
may have an imbalance of the bacteria flora in the intestines. To increase your oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink 1 teaspoon of
bicarbonate of soda in 2 ounces of
cooled boiled water. It is that simple to neutralize the acids that cause
tooth cavities and
decay, mouth sores,
proliferation of worms
anaemia and even
oral cancer. Cleaning
your teeth with
bicarbonate of soda after eating can help to correct the PH balance and avoiding commercial powerful toothpastes and mouthwashes can also help readdress the balance. It has been proved that the strong antibacterial mouthwashes encourages the proliferation of worms and parasites by killing the good bacteria in the intestinal tract.
many types of food poisoning and most are due to unhygienic processing and
storage of foods, undercooking, unwashed fruit and vegetables and
contamination with faecal matter or bacteria from humans or animals.
Bacteria can multiply so fast that any food kept at room temperature can
become poisonous very quickly the warmer the weather is. Some bacteria
cannot be killed by cooking which is why it is important to look after food
and keep it in sealed containers and free from contaminants.
contamination on surfaces or with utensils of different types of food (especially
uncooked with cooked foods) can quickly cause food to become poisonous.
Always use separate chopping boards, containers, knives and utensils for
each type of food i.e. raw meat, raw fish, cooked meat, cooked fish, herbs,
vegetables and fruits, cheese and dried products. Always wash hands between
touching different foods too. Keep surfaces, the refrigerator and sink area
clean and wipe down with an antibacterial cleanser after use. Cupboard, oven
and refrigerator handles and sink taps are particularly important to keep
clean as they are most often touched by human hands.
herbs and spices have strong antiseptic, antifungal and antivirus properties
but will give no adverse skin or asthmatic reactions. Some very inexpensive,
natural, home made, toxic free but powerful cleaners can be found on the
Hygiene, Toxins and Health page.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
can fight off food poisoning naturally with a healthy immune system but many
people do not consume the correct nutrients in order for their body to
provide this protection. The body builds up a natural defence against
bacteria infections when it comes into contact with small amounts of these
bacteria but if it has not had chance to do this then a sudden ingestion of
a large amount of these bacteria will take over the intestines and
dehydration and even death. Fever and mild cases of diarrhoea and vomiting
are the body's natural way of protecting itself and expelling pathogenic
bacteria and toxins from the intestines. Medication to stop symptoms
(except asthma) should not be taken because it is the body's way of getting rid of the poison. Instead natural foods, teas and juices that can assist
the body with elimination, rehydrate the body and provide the nutrients it needs to fight off
the infection naturally should be taken instead.
Barbeques and Eating Outdoors
The most common cause of bacteria induced food poisoning is consuming barbequed meats that have not been cooked through and keeping prepared foods out of the refrigerator when eating al-fresco. Barbeques often do not reach sufficient temperatures through out the meat to kill bacteria. It is best to precook foods thoroughly and then barbeque and consume immediately. Keeping any food at room temperature or outdoors, especially in the sun, increases the risk of food poisoning tenfold because bacteria multiplies at an alarming rate.
Treatment for food poisoning
Pineapple juice can help stop dehydration and
coconut water or milk can help fight off bacterial infections in the intestines.
Many essential minerals and nutrients are lost during vomiting and diarrhoea
so a teaspoon of pure unrefined
lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of
ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of
turmeric and a teaspoon of
Manuka honey and vegetable juices can be valuable in replacing these lost essential nutrients
as well as supporting the body's elimination process. Teas made with herbs
and spices can be sipped slowly to provide additional nutritious support.
Natural Remedies for Food Poisoning below.
See also the
Medicinal Herbs and Spices page for many remedies to treat bacterial
infections and food poisoning.
Refrigeration only slows down bacteria multiplication. It does not stop
it entirely. Most fresh foods can be safely kept for 2-3 days in a
refrigerator and again after cooking 2 - 3 days in the refrigerator. The way
to store foods in the refrigerator is important because juice and blood can
drip down and infect the foods on lower shelves. Raw meats and fish should
be kept on the lowest shelves separate from cooked meat or fish. Keeping all
food in sealed containers is best.
Eggs can be safely tested to see if they are fit for consumption by
placing in a cup or bowl of water. If they float they must be disposed of if
not they can be safely eaten.
only provides a shelf life of between 1 to 3 months depending on the food.
pickling can keep fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices for one year. See
Brine Pickling page.
foods have a far longer shelf life but must be kept in sealed containers
to avoid contamination and moisture.
foods are usually bacteria free but can become contaminated after
smoking once opened from their sealed containers or packaging and should be
then treated as fresh foods and consumed within two days.
The following are the most common forms of food poisoning
A common bacterial infection producing severe gastrointestinal upset that
can last for two weeks. It's rarely fatal in healthy people.
It is caused by improperly slaughtered or processed meat not thoroughly
cooked, contaminated vegetables, milk or water. Pets can also shed the
bacteria through their faecal matter. Symptoms are fever, aches and pains,
diarrhoea and vomiting.
Seagulls are known to harbour very high concentrations of this
bacteria so any contact with their faecal matter must be washed off
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
Is caused by contaminated water and eating raw or undercooked seafood. The
toxins in the cholera bacteria causes water in the body to be expelled
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
Escherichia coli has one one of the most powerful strains O157:H7, although
other related strains can cause infection as well. This bacterium is found
in mass processed ground and minced beef and on vegetables that were
improperly cleaned or handled by contaminated fingers. Symptoms are
crippling abdominal cramps which may be accompanied by blood in the stools.
Consuming rare burgers or raw milk can be especially dangerous.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
An incurable disease caused by eating fish contaminated by coral algae
toxins. It is estimated that there are 50,000 cases of human infection each
year. Ciguatera is limited to fish of tropical origin. It is impossible to
detect by seafood processors and cannot be killed by cooking or freezing.
Initial symptoms are typical of other food poisoning infections but with
ciguatera is severe and often irreversible neurological effects. These can
include trouble sensing hot or cold, tingling "phantom limb" pain in the
extremities and other symptoms that may be confused with anything from
multiple sclerosis to heart failure. Making sure you know what type of fish
you are eating and, if possible, where it came from can help avoid this
infection. Larger fish from shallow waters in a tropical environment are
most dangerous options.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
The range of listeria infection, or listeriosis, is caused by consuming raw
or improperly pasteurized dairy products, vegetables grown in contaminated
soil, preserved and smoked meats (can be identified by a slippery or
slimy film), canned and raw seafood and fresh fruit.
The symptoms can resemble a bad bout of flu, although more serious
complications like meningitis can occur in people with weakened immune
systems, as well as in young children, pregnant women and the elderly.
Washing vegetables and fruit is vital to avoid this bacteria. Soaking them
for 15 minutes in a solution of cold water and
bicarbonate of soda can reduce the risk of contracting listeria.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
The bacteria that causes salmonellosis, or salmonella poisoning, has a
serious reputation among poultry and their handlers. Eggs, processed chicken
parts and other raw meat are particularly good at spreading the bacteria and
pet reptiles and rodents are also carriers. Sanitise everything any meat or
live animal comes into contact with and don't allow live animals in the
kitchen when food is being prepared and cooked. Symptoms are diarrhoea,
abdominal cramps and fever.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
Attacks the large intestine and is caused by human faecal matter. It can be
resistant to antibiotics so avoidance of this infection is vital. Hygienic
practises like always washing hands after the using the toilet are important
to avoid spreading this bacteria and avoiding any contact with human waste.
Symptoms are diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and fever with bloody stools.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below.
The bacteria releases its toxins at room temperature on all types of food.
Reheating contaminated food will not kill this bacteria. Symptoms can appear
within an hour of ingesting contaminated food and include projectile
vomiting and diarrhoea.
Nature Cures for Food Poisoning below and Bacterial Infections.
NATURE CURES FOOD POISONING
Drink juices of the following through out the
mango, mosambi juice,
For added bacteria fighting benefits add a pinch
of the following to the juices:
bicarbonate of soda,
sea salt or Himalayan pink crystals.
a teaspoon of
apple cider vinegar for a more powerful bacteria fighting ingredient and
honey for both taste and bacteria fighting enzymes. Manuka honey is the
best for this purpose.,
To relieve dehydration caused by fever and diarrhoea sip
pineapple juice and
(water or milk)
Teas made with
thyme or a combination of more than one, can provide a powerful
bacterial fighting remedy. Pour hot boiled (but not boiling water)
over a handful of fresh or dried leaves. Allow to steep for 15 minutes then
strain and sip slowly. 3- 6 cups are recommended per day. Honey can be added
for taste and added bacteria fighting enzymes.
miso soup can give some relief to abdominal pain and help to fight
turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) aspirin or ibuprofen or have problems with blood clotting, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Many more natural and soothing
remedies can be found on the
Medicinal Herbs and Spices page.
GLUTEN INTOLERANCE See Allergies
This is a
bacterium (germ) that is commonly found in the stomach and duodenum but
which can infect the mucous lining causing damage to the stomach wall
allowing the formation of stomach ulcers. Only known since 1980, this
infection is usually acquired in childhood and in the vast majority of
cases, it becomes chronic, comes along with an inflammation of the gastric
mucous and is the cause of 90% of all the chronic gastritis.
present in approximately one-half of the world's population. (40% of the
European population are infected and more than 80% in poor countries).
The vast majority of people infected with H. pylori have no symptoms and
will never develop problems. However, it is capable of causing a number of
digestive problems and in some cases stomach cancer. It is not clear why
some people with H. pylori get these conditions and others do not.
pylori bacteria lives exclusively in the human stomach and is the only known
organism that can survive in an environment so acidic. It has a helical
shape (hence the name "Helicobacter") and can literally screw into the
stomach lining to colonize it. The stomach produces two substances,
hydrochloric acid and pepsin. These very irritating substances are kept at a
distance from the stomach wall by the mucus. The pathologies from the
bacteria appear during an excessive secretion of acid or during an
insufficient protection by the mucus.
H. pylori is spread by consuming food or water contaminated with faecal
matter. Then it causes changes to the stomach and duodenum (the first
part of the small intestine). The bacteria infect the protective tissue
that lines the stomach. This leads to the release of certain enzymes and
toxins and activation of the immune system. Together, these factors may
directly or indirectly injure the cells of the stomach or duodenum. This
causes chronic inflammation in the walls of the stomach (gastritis) or
duodenum (duodenitis). As a result of these changes, the stomach and
duodenum are more vulnerable to damage from digestive juices and stomach
In developed countries, infection with H. pylori is unusual during childhood
but becomes more common during adulthood. However, in developing countries,
most children are infected before age 10.
Most individuals with chronic gastritis or duodenitis have no symptoms.
However, some people develop more serious problems, including stomach or
duodenal ulcers. Ulcers can cause a variety of symptoms or no symptoms at
all. Some common ulcer symptoms are:
Pain or discomfort (usually in the upper abdomen)
Feeling full after eating a small amount of food
Lack of appetite
Nausea or vomiting
Dark or tar coloured stools
Ulcers that bleed can cause a low blood count and fatigue.
Less commonly, chronic gastritis can lead to certain forms of cancer.
It is uncommon to develop cancer as a result of H. pylori infection but
because so many people in the world are infected with H. pylori, it is
considered to be an important cause of stomach cancer. People who live in
countries in which H. pylori infection occurs at an early age are at
greatest risk of developing stomach cancer.
of H. pylori
multiplies by 30 the risk of stomach cancer and it seems that stomach cancer
cannot develop in its absence. A strong relationship is established between
poverty and infection by Helicobacter pylori.
See Nature Cures Intestinal Disorders
Natural remedies for hiccups:
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE See Allergies
LECTIN INTOLERANCE See Allergies
MOTION or SEA SICKNESS
Natural remedies for nausea and motion sickness:
Okra, chicory and lettuce.
Whole grains and pseudo-grains: amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats,
quinoa, rye and teff.
Fruit: Blackberries, lemon,
mango and mosambi juice.
balm and mint.
Spices: Cloves, cinnamon, cumin, ginger,
paprika, peppercorns (ground) and turmeric.
Derivatives: Bicarbonate of soda, miso and psyllium husks.
Avoid ginger and turmeric
if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) aspirin or ibuprofen or have problems with blood clotting, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Natural foods to
consume to treat stomach ulcers are:
kefir milk and yoghurt (plain with live cultures).
chicory and alfalfa.
Fibre: Amaranth, barley,
rye and teff.
mosambi juice, papaya, pears and raisins.
liquorice root, marshmallow root and psyllium husks.
nutmeg and paprika.
bicarbonate of soda, brine pickles, honey (locally produced organic) and miso.
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 help to treat stomach ulcers.
Therapy can treat stomach ulcers.
together then consuming immediately.
cabbage if suffering from thyroid gland
problems, bladder, kidney or gall bladder stones
VOMITING AND NAUSEA
Natural remedies for vomiting:
Herbs, Spices and Derivatives:
Bicarbonate of soda,
Consuming juice from any of the following food sources,
which are rich in citric acid, can quickly and effectively eliminate nausea
by reducing the gastric acidity:
can treat the
norovirus (winter vomiting disease).
NOTE: Avoid ginger if pregnant or taking anticoagulant medications.
NATURE CURES INTESTINAL DISORDERS
oils are in first place in the fight against helicobacter pylori infection
but must not be used by pregnant or breast feeding women. The anti-infective
and antispasmodic properties of plants are mainly essential oils such as
phenol as in thymol, aldehydes, sequiterpene and monoterpenes.
Teas made by
steeping the herbs for 30 minutes in hot water and then consuming 6 cups per
for 2 or 3 days
help fight off the infection and heal the stomach lining.
Some isoflavones found in natural foods naturally inhibit the growth
of helicobacter pylori. This coupled with their oestrogenic action is useful
for treating this infection. Both essential oils and teas can have this
Some natural remedies that can do this are:
NOTE: Avoid peppermint oil
if pregnant or suffering from gastric reflux or active stomach ulcers.
A tea made
cinquefoil can reduce bleeding in the digestive tract.
is an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other
important nutrients that can help the gut repair itself include
zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as
slippery elm and
Chinese Rhubarb root can cleanse the intestines of infection.
Mix 1 teaspoon of rhubarb powder to 1 cup of water. Then, bring to boil and simmer at a reduced heat for 10 minutes. Add a little
honey to sweeten.
Chinese rhubarb root is not recommended for long term use
and not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women, children under twelve years of age, those who suffer from colitis or have
an intestinal obstruction or have a history of
kidney stones or
urinary problems, or if taking
anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicine or aspirin.
Glycine can help to increase production of the protective mucous in the
intestines as well as cleanse the system. Glycine is found in
organ meats and
glucosinolates which, under the action of an enzyme, are transformed
into sulphoraphane. This molecule inhibits the growth of helicobacter pylori
in 8 of 11 cases. The antacid activity of these vegetables disappears in the
Cranberry has an anti-infective action and allows a better absorption of
vitamin B12 in atrophic gastritis. The high molecular weight
polysaccharides of cranberry inhibit the adhesion of helicobacter pylori on
human gastric mucus.
Chamomile shows in a meta-analysis a clear decrease of
dyspepsia and stomach acidity. Its local anti-inflammatory action is well
known. Its essential oil has shown to be an inhibition of helicobacter pylori.
Gentian root contains triterpens and xanthones which presents an
anti-inflammatory action direct on the mucous of the stomach but also by
anti-stress and antidepressant action which is very useful in the
problems of the stomach.
Hemp seeds are an easily digested form of complete protein and can help improve metabolism and digestion of fats.
Hops seems to have a calming effect on the stomach, its mode of action
is not determined but it could involve an action close to oestrogenic
Marshmallow is a useful
herb for the treatment of
indigestion; along with chronic diseases that cause these symptoms such
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its
anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating enteritis, hiatus hernias,
peptic ulcers, mouth ulcers and
infusion of fresh leaves can be used for chronic
and to stimulate the appetite.
Ghrelin is an orexigenic polypeptide, secreted mainly by the stomach and
to a lesser degree by the intestine, pancreas, kidney, hypothalamus,
pituitary. Ghrelin accelerates the gastric draining and intestinal
transit. It is a powerful prokinetic agent. Helicobacter pylori infections
are associated with reduced circulating ghrelin levels independently of sex
and body mass. The ghrelin possesses a protective gastrointestinal action.
It also increases appetite, which good for people with a chronic
helicobacter pylori infection but can be a disadvantage in the case of the
overweight or obese.
Some plants such as
can increase levels of ghrelin and their effect on the increased of appetite
is well known.
The combination of several pre and probiotics, ie the bifidobacterium,
saccharomyces and lactobacillus beneficial bacteria in the intestines have an
effect of prevention of helicobacter pylori infection. See Prebiotics and probiotics.
Consuming foods rich in
vitamin C can decrease the risk of pre-cancerization
of the stomach tissues such as:
bell peppers (red
oily fish also provides a positive effect in the eradication bacterial infection.
Consuming foods rich in
tin can improve digestion such as:
devils claw, dog grass,
yellow dock root
Avoid ingesting the following which can feed the
bacteria and add to the acidity and sluggishness of the stomach:
alcohol, coffee and other caffeine beverages,
and meat products.
affecting the intestines or caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the
5 vital things to remember when suffering from any of the conditions
1. The most
important food to consume daily to keep the intestines healthy and in good
working order is fibre
legumes, vegetables and fruit. See the
2. The addition
foods such as
will help to rectify any imbalances in intestinal bacterial flora. These
should be consumed on an empty stomach an hour before main meals to avoid
the stomach acids killing off too many of them.
3. Many herbs,
seeds and spices are both medicinal and high in
which can rectify many intestinal conditions naturally with no adverse side
effects. Don't just use them sparingly to add taste to meals. Grind seds to help with easier digestion. See the
4. Reducing the
toxic overload in the system can also help the hard working liver and
digestion and correct nutrient malabsorption created by
medications and toxic
chemicals from food additives such as
ingested on a daily basis. See the
Health, Toxins and
Hygiene page. See the
Cleanse and Detoxify page to find out how to flush toxins from the body
5. Cutting out
all processed and refined foods, processed and reconstituted meats such as
bacon, pies and sausage,
sugar is vitally important to help the body recover from
any of the conditions listed above as well as prevent them from occurring.
Use honey, fruit, spices, dried seaweed (as salt), olive, vegetable and seed
oils, yoghurt and whole grain flour as alternatives. Many natural foods
contain all the
sodium that is required in the daily diet. Most restaurant meals, fast
foods and processed foods, including cheese and bread, are packed with
which is detrimental to the health of the digestive system and the kidneys
and increases blood pressure. Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in the stomach
increasing the imbalance even further and creates extra detrimental acids.
Most processed food have very high sugar content. Cut out
coffee too which has many debilitating effects on digestion. See
Dangers of Sugar
and Sea Salt in the
of a Gastro Intestinal Bacterial Imbalance
An increase of the pathogenic bacteria in the
become very serious very quickly as the bacteria multiplies so fast
and may then migrate unchecked to other parts of the body
therefore it must be treated immediately. An immediate healthy diet
is vital to rectify this problem.
Keeping the liver,
intestines, bowels & kidneys healthy will help with fighting
bacteria infections. Visit the
Cleanse and Detoxify page to see what natural remedies can cleanse the
entire system and keep the digestive and immune systems in good
Daily Morning Liver Cleanser
All these five ingredients together taken in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is a liver cleanser & detoxifier
A pinch of chilli pepper
One teaspoon of honey
See more Liver Cleansers
NATURE CURES DIET TO TREAT INTESTINAL
A wholesome healthy diet of
the natural foods below will boost the immune system and help the body to fight off
bacteria infections naturally. If this diet is kept to it will
boost the immune system and protect the intestines and the body from any future attacks and infections indefinitely.
A noticeable difference will be felt within just one week.
While recovering from intestinal
disorders all meats should be omitted as it is harder and slower to digest
and can stay fermenting in the intestines. Once recovery has been made lean
meats such as organic free range
wild quail, pheasant,
venison are the leanest and most nutritious alternatives to add back to
the diet. Non organic farmed meats have usually been fed unnatural food,
additives, antibiotics and growth hormones which are detrimental to human
Nutrients, Minerals, Protein and
can help you understand body processes and the natural foods it needs to
function correctly. The nutritional value of foods is important. Wasting
valuable time eating the wrong foods is damaging the body further and
and parasites and
worms to flourish each time they are consumed. They all reproduce so
fast that just one high sugar and low nutrient meal can help them spread to
other parts of the body and eventually cause immeasurable damage.
Eating a wide variety daily (not just 5)
of all colours of fruits and vegetables, (see
Nature's Colour Codes) plus
herbs and spices
everyday will set the body on the path to full health within one week.
Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal. Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.
Drink one litre of bottled mineral
water per day to avoid chemicals additives such as fluoride and chlorine and provide more
of the essential
minerals the body needs. One glass should be consumed just before sleeping to help the body eliminate waste and toxins from the body and the brain.
Meat and eggs (Three times a week)
Beef (organic lean grass-fed),
poultry and game bird,
Fish (Three times a week)
tuna (fresh only) and
whitebait and all other
Anchovies are high in sodium so not advised for those with high blood pressure. Deep sea fish and bottom dwelling shellfish can be contaminated with mercury so it is advisable to consume these with some algae, coriander and other green leafy vegetables or sulphur-rich foods which can chelate (bind to) mercury and eliminate it from the body.
Dairy (Yoghurt and kefir milk daily and cheese three times a week)
non-pasteurised blue cheese and yoghurt
(plain with live cultures)
(at least one every day)
barley, brown rice,
buckwheat, millet, oats,
teff. Consume one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it has powerful properties that can support digestion and excretory processes and will work within two days to fix many colon and digestive issues.
Vegetables (a selection of at least
four colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
bell peppers (all colours),
spinach, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips and watercress. Algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain many important nutrients and minerals often lacking in land-based crops. Take one tablespoon of one of them per day. Also consume three or four chopped garlic cloves per day. Let them and other allicin-producing plants, such as chives, leeks, onions and spring onions, stand for ten minutes to allow for the process, that produces allicin in these plants when they are damaged, to take place. Allicin has many powerful properties that benefit the health.
Legumes (Three times a week)
red kidney beans,
soya beans and
Fruit (a selection of 2 or 3
colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
watermelon. NOTE: grapefruit can interact with many medications.
Dried Fruit (as snacks or added to meals daily. Best eaten with a handful of nuts and seeds)
raisins and sultanas.
Juice (pure, additive free, unsweetened -
daily as often as possible)
nasturtium (freshly pressed),
tangerine. See also Raw Juice Therapy for many raw juicing recipes.
(as snacks or added to meals daily)
watermelon. Hempseeds provide the correct balance of omega-6 (inflammatory) to omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and should be consumed daily. A handful of pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled on any dish or in sandwiches daily and add many important nutrients.
(as snacks or added to meals daily. Best consumed with dried fruits to obtain the correct balance of vitamin C and E)
Brazil nuts (2 per week unless excessive sweating, through exercise or fever, has taken place, then eat 2 per day,
nuts, walnuts (5 per day).
Micro Diet Sprouting
page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)
(nutritious herbs to be used as often as possible daily
in meals or as teas)
(consume as teas as required)
ash gourd, barberry,
ho shou wu,
pippali fruit pepper,
wild strawberry leaf,
yellow dock root.
(nutritious spices to be used as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also)
cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours) and
A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful compounds that can prevent many ailments. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.
(cold-pressed only and used to cook with or dress vegetables and salads, especially with foods that contain fat-soluble nutrients, such as
carotene, to enable absorption)
a blend of
rice bran oils. Also take one capsule of cod liver or
krill oil daily, especially during the winter months between October and April in the Northern hemisphere.
(to be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)
Aloe vera juice,
anise seed tea,
apple cider vinegar,
barley grass (powder or juice),
pine needle tea,
tofu. Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.
At least one (and ideally many more) natural foods and derivatives should be consumed each day from each of the categories above. Pick one of
the six colours of fruit and vegetables to consume daily. Yellow/orange, white, red, green,
black/blue/purple and cream/brown. Nature has kindly colour coded natural food for us and each colour provides specific nutrients and minerals in the right balances which are required daily. At least one iron rich green leafy vegetable or herb should be consumed daily.
If appetite does not allow enough consumption, juice them or make teas by steeping them in hot water for 20 minutes, then strain and drink immediately to gain the nutrients without the bulk. Teas can be gently reheated and honey and lemon added to make them more palatable and to add additional beneficial nutrients.
Nature's Colour Codes page.
Non-heme iron is found in tea and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and
kale. However, tea and green leafy vegetables also contain oxalates that block
the absorption of
iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme
iron eat a couple
tangerine or some
mango at the same time.
To benefit from foods containing
carotenoids like tomatoes & carrots always eat together with fat rich
avocado because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only
absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture
of the essential
vitamin A nutrient.
Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as
coffee, fizzy drinks,
sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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