Why is a healthy intestinal lining important?
The intestinal lining is essential to proper digestion, immune function, and overall health. The intestinal wall secretes mucous to coat the surface of the intestinal tract and allows good nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream while blocking out waste, toxins, parasites, and undigested foods. Without a healthy intestinal lining, toxins and parasites can enter the bloodstream, and may result in cramping, bloating, and gas.
What helps support normal bowel function?
Along with maintaining a healthy intestinal lining, normal bowel function can be achieved through herbal support. The most important types of herbs include anti–spasmodic herbs to relax and calm the bowel, astringent herbs to tone and restrict tissue mucosal discharge, carminative herbs to reduce gas and bloating, and demulcent herbs to reduce irritation and inflammation.