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Organic India explores the top ways to balance stomach, colon, and liver digestion to reach your optimal weight.
Balance Colon Digestion
When it comes to supporting digestion in the colon some of the best herbs are Triphala, Psyllium, Bael and Chandrasoor. These herbs have many mechanisms by which they support our wellness including the following ten:
Increase tone in the colon. Of all of these herbs the tannins in Triphala are the champs here.
Decreases bile acid absorption in the intestines. The less that bile acid is absorbed in the intestines then the more is caused to be excreted. This then causes the body to make more bile acid, and since the basic building block of bile acid is serum cholesterol and the since bile acids are made in the liver, these herbs support decreases in serum and liver cholesterol. This supports our wellness in this culture so burgeoning with dietary fats.
Support healthy peristalsis. Many people take harsh herbs like senna and cascara sagrada to invoke peristalsis. However, long term use of these herbs is not desirable. It is much better to use Triphala, Psyllium, Bael and Chandrasoor for this.
Decrease lipid metabolism into free fatty acids. These herbs tend to decrease how much of dietary lipids are actually metabolized into free fatty acids, thus preventing lipids from entering the blood.
Decrease lipid absorption into colon cells. These herbs tend to optimize or reduce the amount of dietary lipids that are actually absorbed into the body, and thus more lipids are excreted.
Decrease lipid diffusion (against gradients) Usually there is a gradient set up in the intestines that supports the flow or diffusion of various molecules, and in the case of dietary lipids, these herbs can slow down their diffusion. This causes more lipids to be excreted or at least delays their metabolism, giving the body more time to properly digest them.
Feed the colon cells what they really require Psyllium metabolites from intestinal flora metabolism include short chain fatty acids (SCFA) such as butyrate. These SCFAs are very important molecules, especially the butyrate, which is the main source of energy for the cells of the intestine. Dietary sources of butyrate are rare, for instance organic ghee, but certain soluble fibers, like those in Psyllium can be metabolized by intestinal flora to create SCFAs including butyrate.
Calm agitation in the colon Chandrasoor and Bael are especially great for this. In Ayurvedic parlance this would typically mean excessive Vata in the colon.
Increase diameter of LDL molecules This may sound like a trite detail but increased diameters of LDL are associated with greater heart health and also maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
Psyllium makes dietary lipids physically less accessible to enzymes Another facet of psyllium is that it creates a viscous mass that is less permeable to digestive enzymes, such as lipase and bile acids, and the less enzymes there are the less lipids are digested. Thus optimal weight is supported.