Keeping It Clean

Keeping Your Gut Clean

Extreme distension from a combination of belly fat and poor gut health

Extreme distension from a combination of belly fat and poor intestinal health

Many health problems start in your intestines, but two are particularly important.

First, you need a clean intestinal track to make sure you can get the maximum nutrients from the food you eat. Over time, your intestines become plated with gunk, for lack of a better word. The intestinal walls become coated, and the vitamins, proteins, and other things you need don’t get absorbed into your body as they should.

You may be trying to eat a healthy diet, but if your intestines are not clean, you can not get the full value of the foods you eat. The result is lower energy levels, higher risk of disease (including heart disease), constipation, excessive gas, higher blood pressure, dehydration, and weight gain.

Second, a clean intestinal track reduces inflammation in your gut, including your colon. Inflammation in your colon can lead to ulcerative colitis, cramping, and a host of other conditions. It may provoke spasms in the ileocecal valve, the valve that regulates the flow into the large intestine, in which case matter doesn’t move through and out of your system regularly. Of critical concern is the link between inflammation and cancer.

A distressed intestinal track is a common problem that only gets worse with time, and it is one of the most common health concerns we see with clients. Diet choices, sitting posture, exercise levels, hydration all contribute to a dirty, inefficient, and inflamed gut. Men and women both present symptoms of intestinal disorders, in about the same frequency.

Thermal indicators of intestinal distension caused by improper forwarding of material

Thermal indicators of intestinal distension caused by improper forwarding of material

The thermal indicators for an unhealthy intestinal track are fairly obvious. We see a large cooler (light green, blue) region around the middle and lower abdomen from distension, hotter signatures (red, white) around the sides of the abdomen that trace the large intestine, and often hot regions below the abdomen.

Our certified reading doctors who analyze the images keep recommending two simple ways to address problems with the intestinal track: Psyllium seed husks and colloidal bentonite.

Psyllium Seed Husks for Fiber

A high-fiber diet is essential for intestinal health, and heart health, for that matter! Fiber has several benefits. It slows the rate of sugar absorption. It helps bulk up your stools and keeps them soft, giving you a laxative benefit. Soluble fiber prevents your body from absorbing dietary cholesterol, too. Fiber acts like a scrubber, helping to clear away all the gunk that builds up in the intestinal track. At the same time, it decreases “transit time,” meaning how long dietary material needs to pass through and out of your intestines.

Psyllium seed husks, whether whole husks or ground husks, are pretty much all fiber. If you are not getting sufficient fiber by other means (and most people get about half the recommended amount), a daily dose of psyllium seed husks will help keep you clean. Use the whole husks to get soluble and insoluble fibers and the maximum benefits.

Psyllium seed husks are readily available from most health food stores. You must mix it in a liquid to prevent choking—don’t take it straight. You can mix a couple of tablespoons in a full glass of water or juice. Drink it immediately because it will start to create a jelly-like texture as it absorbs water, although the ground powder does this more than the whole husks.

I recommend that you use it at about the same time each day. If you use the psyllim in the evening, wait several hours after eating and at least an hour before going to bed.

Many common laxatives and high-fiber products contain psyllium seed husks, but if you have a dirty gut and signs of abdominal distension (such as bloating or pressure), you may need to increase your fiber intake substantially. Taking psylium seed husks rather than laxative or high-fiber products means you can get an organic, natural form of fiber without all the chemicals and unpronounceable extras that you don’t want.

What you can expect to happen. First, the yucky results. In one to three days, you should notice your stools becoming softer. They may be darker than normal and a bit gooey as the collected gunk in your intestines starts getting passed through.

Now for the pleasant results. You will feel more energetic during the day and sleep better at night. Your cholesterol level may drop, and you may experience less bloating following meals. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, such as from insulin desensitivity, your blood sugar levels may also decrease.

Colloidal Bentonite for Detoxifying

Think about eating mud daily. Bentonite clay is an adsorbent, natural form of clay that helps detoxify your dietary track, from your mouth to your colon. It works by attracting toxins to its surface (i.e., adsorbent), hanging on to them, and passing them through your system. For example, bentonite clay has proven useful for removing prometone, a toxic chemical found in herbicides.

Bentonite is used as a bulk laxative, meaning it adds bulk to your stools. Among other properties, it helps clear fats and oils from your intestines.

You can easily find colloidal bentonite in health food stores, always in liquid form. (Collodial means dispersed in another material, in this case in water.) Mix a couple of tablespoons in as much water as you can hold in your mouth at one time. Swish it around for a minute or two to pull toxins from your mouth, then swallow. Do this a couple of times per day.

Don’t use bentonite within several hours of eating because it may adsorb essential nutrients. Also, use bentonite at the same time as you use the psyllium seed husks. The fiber in the psyllium will help the bentonite pass through your system, carrying with it toxins, oils, and fats you don’t want in your gut.

The Pre and Post Results

Before and after using psyllium and bentonite

Before and after using psyllium and bentonite

The images here provide a pre/post comparison. The client used psyllium and bentonite daily for 2 months to address significant intestinal issues. Notice the range of thermal indicators within each image. The pre-image on the left shows extreme thermal indicators of abdominal distension, inflamed colon, and blockage of the ileocecal valve. Those indicators are almost entirely gone in the post image on the right, producing a more even thermal pattern.

For a more anecdotal account, when I miss a few days, I notice a difference in my digestion and overall sense of wellbeing. 

Resources

Medicinal Clay (Bentonite)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/
http://digital.csic.es/handle/10261/61452
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852407002544

 Psyllium Seed

http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/education/why_fiber_is_so_good_for_you/
http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-56088-Psyllium+Husk+Fibre+Oral.aspx?drugid=56088
http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/psyllium

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