Elm 3Pep­per­mint oil

Living Now - - Sum­mer Health Now -

(Ul­mus rubra)

Eat­ing more than usual, eat­ing richer foods, and de­hy­dra­tion brought about by hot days and alcohol in­take, all com­bine to form a weapon of mass de­struc­tion against gut health. Our di­ges­tive sys­tems can be­come slug­gish and con­sti­pa­tion arises. Slip­pery elm is a gen­tle bulk lax­a­tive that eases con­sti­pa­tion af­ter a lit­tle too much bar­be­cue and dessert. Take a tea­spoon stirred in a big glass of wa­ter af­ter meals and be­fore bed for reflux and con­sti­pa­tion. Avoid if you have in­testi­nal ob­struc­tion. It also acts as a pre­bi­otic for good bac­te­ria to live off. 2Pro­bi­otics

or good bac­te­ria es­tab­lish healthy gut flora and re­duce lev­els of toxic pathogens. If you don’t reg­u­larly eat pro­bi­otic-con­tain­ing foods such as sauer­kraut, kim­chi, natto, and ke­fir, you can sup­ple­ment with pro­bi­otics. Look for a sup­ple­ment that con­tains at least 30 bil­lion CFUS of bac­te­ria per serv­ing, and con­tains both Lac­to­bacil­l­lus and Bi­fidus strains. Take it daily.

(Men­tha x

piperita) is won­der­fully carmi­na­tive for sore, up­set tum­mies. Add one drop of pep­per­mint oil to a car­rier such as al­mond oil and mas­sage the ab­domen in a cir­cu­lar clock­wise di­rec­tion, com­fort­ably but firmly, in a di­am­e­ter a 10-15cm from the navel, us­ing the palm of the hand, for a few min­utes.

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