The following article gives information about the intestines and bowels and their importance to proper body function.

Colon and intestinal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the western world. Poor diet and the build up of toxins and parasites can greatly contribute to this problem.

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Intestine function and detoxification

A healthy digestive system is essential for a healthy body. The reasons for this are quite simple, and are demonstrated by the simple car analogy.

Think of your body as a car. For the car to run, fuel is required on a daily basis. Without fuel your car would just not run.

If you used cheap low quality fuel, your car's engine, pipes, valves and systems would deteriorate and contribute to the car not running or running poorly. The same can be said of your body.

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Your body needs good food.

Your fuel is food. Or rather your fuel is food effectively broken down and absorbed by the body. If your digestive system is clogged, slow and not functioning properly you will not digest and absorb the nutrients needed for the running of body. This would affect EVERY organ in your entire body. All of the energy that you need to function is obtained from one source, THE FOOD YOUR BODY ABSORBS. So if your diet is lacking in needed nutrients, your body's health will suffer.

Also please note that if you eat a perfectly balanced meal full of nutrients but your intestines are not functioning properly then you will not absorb the nutrients you need. You can have the best oil in the world in your engine but if the spark plugs and exhaust system is clogged the car will not run properly. Absorption of nutrients is essential and a healthy, digestive system is a key part of that.

A healthy diet

A diet of high fibre foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables is of primary importance. Not only are these foods high in needed vitamins and minerals, but they also help keep the intestines clean. Any problems with digestion or the colon are best addressed, by a thorough cleanse and detoxification.

You would be amazed at what toxins and waste build up in a dysfunctional digestive system. The important point to remember with all programs is to maintain a high level of water intake. Ten to 12 glasses of water a day are needed. This means water and not tea, coffee or soft drinks. Water is a vital part of the bodies elimination and detoxification system.

What is needed first and foremost is a complete program to clear the digestive system of accumulated toxins and waste. There are many herbs which can also offer assistance for a number of different complaints of the digestive system/intestines. Listed below are some.

Indigestion:

Peppermint tea has long been a popular remedy for indigestion. Its anti- spasmodic effect helps to relieve stomachs aches. Most of the carminative oils in peppermint and other mints are relatively insoluble in water, so a peppermint tincture contains more than a tea.

Herbalists value ginger for its calming effect on the digestive system. Ginger contains certain chemicals that soothe the gut and also aid digestion by increasing the peristalsis action (wavelike muscle contractions of the intestine walls), to help move the food through the intestine.

Cayenne pepper actually helps soothe the stomach and will help with indigestion and flatulence. It is also a good circulation booster.

Lemon Balm is a good stomach soother. It's active ingredient melissa can reduce digestive spasms in colic, nausea and indigestion.

Fennel has long been used to aid digestion of rich or fatty foods. It has been prescribed by herbalists to relieve indigestion associated with wind.

Goldenseal is valuable in treating inflammation of the digestive system. It has great soothing characteristics.

Natural Laxatives:

Firstly I would never advise taking a drug based laxative. There can be many side-effects. Always use a natural one or combination of a few natural ingredients:

Aloe Vera is a natural laxative when taken internally. Externally it soothes and heals the skin.

Senna leaves are a very strong natural laxative. For a milder treatment the pods can be used. They are best used in a formula or with other herbs, as it is strong. As well as being cleansing senna is antiseptic and antispasmodic.

Flax seed and Psyllium Husks are mild laxatives and cleansing to the intestinal system.

Slippery Elm soothes internal body surfaces and any inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract.

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