By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
I have read that 84 pounds of feces was found in Henry the 8th’s gut, which was perhaps one explanation for his big belly. From the moment you have eaten your food, until you acknowledge the remnants of it, there should preferably go between 24 to 36 hours. Many ”wise” people say that it does not matter if it takes longer, it is very normal, but normality does not say anything about quality, and we all know that it feels extremely uncomfortable when there’s a long time between our number two’s. Several conditions and diseases start in one way or other from the intestinal tract. Therefore, many people look at me little strangely, when they complain about some disorder in the body and first question is to ask them about how their stomach is. I do not think I’ve ever had someone who besides having unpleasantness somewhere in the body, has said to me, ”My gut is completely perfect, I feel fine there.” Many endocrine disorders originate from the gut. Psychological illnesses such as fear, nervousness, impatience, anger and irritability states, are most often linked to intestinal health. Guaranteed, we all know about it either in the form of constipation or the opposite as diarrhea. It is worth considering the next time you feel irritated and impatient, that your immune system may be low the moment. Personally, I believe that the vast majority of states of anger and impatience basically originates from fear. A large quantity of our immune system, about 70 – 80% comes from our digestive system. In Chinese medicine, which has been a major factor in my education in complementary medicine, various parts of the intestines are considered to relate with other organs, where any ailments often express themselves. For example, a bad bowel syndrome is often associated with lung and or skin problems, eg. asthma, bronchitis and/or acne or other skin related problems. When you have an infection, you may take some antibiotics. These can not distinguish the good bacteria from the bad, and are therefore responsible for clearing the body of most bacteria – both good and bad. This results in your immune system being low once again, and you may have to resort to another antibiotic treatment. A unhealthy cycle has now started. When I write this, understand that I am deeply grateful for antibiotics, but only when strictly necessary. To you who are taking antibiotics, make sure to stabilize the healthy intestinal flora. The entire digestive system begins with the mouth and esophagus, where food begins to split, is chewed and swallowed. This is followed by the stomach where the food is digested and is served in small portions to the small intestine. The food receives the juices from the pancreas and bile, and then it’s broken down further and the nutrients are absorbed. The majority of nutrients are absorbed here. If your small intestine is not functioning properly, but has weakened by free radicals, is inflammated and/or damaged you will often have a leaky gut. This is where some nutrients that should first be decomposed into absorbable units, instead pass undigested into the bloodstream, contributing to a weakened defense system. The next section is the colon which also absorbs nutrients as well as with water. The waste products are then transported to the rectum where waste products are normally excreted once or several times a day
The most important thing is to chew your food slowly. First you should look at it a little, maybe say a little thank you inside of yourself for the wonderful food you’ll be eating. Already, your digestive secretions have started to be produced. About 1 liter of saliva is formed in the mouth daily, which include includes important enzymes and probiotics. The entire process of chewing is the foundation for good digestion. I see many people who almost gulp down their food, I often ask them if they also gulp through their lives. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, and listen to your body for what it wants to be nourished with. As a nurse I often experienced that young children had a very good intuition and ate the foods they benefited from, until they became addicted and often pressured to intake foods that wasn’t exactly good for the individual. As an adult, it’s harder. We do not give ourselves time to notice what we really want, and we dare not believe in it, because the ”experts” may say the opposite to what our intuition says. Our food intuition has been spoiled along the way by sugary foods, sweets, alcohol, drugs etc. However somewhere – often completely inside us, we know what we need. Make sure to avoid the food you feel intolerant to. If you eat meat, eat meat of good quality and beware of too much red meat. It often has a long transit time through the digestive system. If you are a big fan of milk products, then be a little careful and perhaps cut down on the amount. Many people do not have the enzymes needed to break down the milk’s sugar. Furthermore, lactose is highly slime producing. For those of you who must have full-fat cheese sprinkled over their food please be careful, it becomes plastic-like in the gut. You may switch to other milk types such as rice milk, soy milk, buckwheat milk, almond milk etc. These products are also available in the form of cream, so if you need to have whipped cream for a dessert you can have it either done in a spray can or you can whip it youself. For example, freshly whipped ”cream” from rice or coconut tastes absolutely delightful. Be careful with a refined diet, such as products like white flour and white rice. Instead try getting enough fiber in your diet from whole grain products. Eat plenty of vegetables and salads and remember to drink plenty of water – six to eight glasses a day, not with food but after or between meals.
In addition to a multivitamin/mineral supplement with the essential oils, I also advise many people to supplement with a daily supplement of probiotics containing acidophilus, bifidus etc. due to the fact that our daily diet is usually so refined and removed of its original status.
Vitamin C powder mixed with magnesium and calcium helps to keep the stomach in order, if there is a tendency to excrement being a little tough.
Aloe Vera juice is good for both digestion and to doctor a sensitive gut.
Some people have too much stomach acid and easily get uncomfortable burning especially after eating certain foods. Samarin is a great help in this case.
Some people produce too little stomach acid. The symptoms are often almost the same as when there is too much stomach acid, but it is obviously not good to eat antacids if you have too little stomach acid.
If you have too little stomach acid symptoms are often that you feel tired and heavy after you have eaten, especially if the food has been protein rich, for example. a large steak or the like. The most common age of too little stomach acid is after the age of 35. When I ask about people’s eating habits people with too little stomach acid often say, that they do not eat meat, because they feel bad and bloated afterwards. Wacky and jagged nails as well as hair loss are also common symptoms of having too little stomach acid.
It can be a great inspiration to eat according to your blood type. If you have intestinal problems then try to eat after your blood type for a period of time. It is that direction of diet in which I have seen most people feel very pleased about. A personal blood type diet can be easily combined for the whole family without much effort. There is a small, light, cheap and good cookbook called “Food for all blood types – a cookbook for the whole family” by Signe Lykke.
It may be a good idea to take Molkosan, especially if you do not really know whether you have too much or too little stomach acid. Take 1 tsp. 1-3 times a day with a glass of water. Molkosan has a regulating effect on both states.
Do you feel in need of a cleansing, then there are many herbal formulas to take both in tablet form, as a herbal tea or to mix as green drink/smoothie. Chlorella is a unicellular fresh-water micro algae which has a high content of extremely good nutrients. It contains vitamins and minerals, and has a high content of protein with all amino acids. Chlorella also has great detoxifying properties. It is used for example, to purge mercury from the body. In addition, it’s really good for constipation and stimulates your immune system. Chlorella is found in many brands, and it is important to choose one of good quality.
Are you the type that suffers from fatigue, flatulence and intolerance? In many cases it can be helped by supplementing with digestive enzymes such as with papaya or bromelain – found in many combination products.
You should know that a healthy intestinal flora, creates more B vitamins and vitamin K.
Louise Hay writes generally about the gut, that the gut stands for the release of waste and that a new thought pattern could be ”It’s easy to get rid waste”.
Old sorrow and anger are often associated with intestinal problems, so be sure to get those feelings processed in one way or another.
Also make sure to get enough exercise, such as walking half an hour, twice a day. It has a great effect on the joy of life, the muscles and good intestinal motility.