Bowel and Gastro-Intestinal Health

Get More Dietary Fiber

A fun recipe for a simple homemade vinaigrette that substitutes Olive Oil with Flax Seed Oil. Flaxseed oil combines a delicious, subtle nutty flavor with fiber that is absent from olive oils. Flaxseed oil contains 1 gram of fiber per tablespoon, so it is the ideal way to maximize your salad fiber without excess. Check out this recipe, and read about other beneficial properties of flaxseed oil. Flaxseed Oil Salad Dressing (Serving per Person)

  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Flaxseed Oil (we recommend 365 Everyday Value Whole Foods brand flaxseed oil since it is high quality and reasonably priced)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice (we recommend the lemon juice variation)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper (To taste)
  • One Clove of Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of Chopped Fresh Words (we recommend rosemary, sage, and/or dill)
  • Mix all ingredients and ENJOY
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Additional Benefits of Flaxseed Oil:

  • Control constipation, hemorrhoids, and Diverticular disorder
  • Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, and control high blood pressure
  • Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn
  • Promote healthy hair and nails
  • Minimize nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling
  • Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of aging
  • Aid in menopausal and menstrual symptoms
As with any herbal supplement or medications, please always note contraindications, and always consume in moderation:
  • Do not take if pregnant or breast-feeding. Due to lack of information it is advisable to avoid giving flaxseed oil to children under the age of 12.
  • Women with hormone-dependent conditions and prostate cancer should avoid taking flaxseed products without prior consultation with a doctor.
  • Individuals who have had esophageal or intestinal blockages should not use flaxseed, as flaxseed may block the esophagus or parts of the intestinal tract.
  • Side effects associated with taking flaxseed are gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea, gas, nausea, and stomach pain. Allergic reactions have been reported by individuals who took flaxseed or flaxseed oil.
  • In case studies, flaxseed oil has been reported to increase the time blood needs to clot. When it is taken with anti platelet or anticoagulant drugs, the effect of the drug may be increased, resulting in uncontrolled bleeding. Antiplatelets include Plavix and Ticlid. Anticoagulants include aspirin, heparin and warfarin. Avoid taking with Danshen, Devil's Claw, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Horse Chestnut, Papain, Red Clover or Saw Palmetto.
  • If you take flaxseed, do not take other drugs within 2 hours.

Digestive Health Exercise

Regular exercise helps all bodily symptoms and will not only keep you fit, but you will also experience reduced levels of stress which will have a positive effect on the digestive system. The bowel wall has a mind of its own, actually containing the same receptors as the brain, and undergoes similar neurological processes. The bowel makes decisions regarding absorption and mobility, many times based upon our emotional state. So a regular exercise program offers both physical and mental benefits which combine to improve digestive health.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins, minerals and nutrients are essential for proper functioning of the digestive system and other organs. Learn more about

Stress Management

Sleep more: Chronic and even sporadic stress has been linked to irregular bowel movements and may contribute to constipation. Instead of just plopping on the pillow, really take time to enjoy your rest to it's fullest because of the correlation between stress and unhealthy stool. We recommend the following for maximizing bedtime relaxation:

  • Visualization Technique- Involves imagining a relaxing scene. You can try it in bed before falling asleep. Involve all your senses. If you're imagining yourself on a tropical island, think of the way the warm breeze feels against your skin.
  • Deep Breathing- By concentrating on our breathing, deep breathing allows the rest of our body to relax itself and regain synchrony. Try to lie on your back and slowly relax your body. Then begin to inhale slowly through your nose. Fill the lower part of your chest first, then the middle and top part of your chest and lungs. Be sure to do this slowly, over 8 to 10 seconds. Hold the breath for two seconds and slowly release. Repeat this cycle until you feel relaxed or start to fall asleep. Try to incorporate yoga in your daily life to increase mindfulness with breathing.
  • Relaxing Essential Oils- Lavender oil often aids with inducing sleep and stress reduction. Start with a high quality lavender oil and slightly dilute before applying directly to pulse points. (we recommend Herbal Choice Lavender Essential Oil since it is chemical free and inexpensive). Also make a linen spray water to add extra relaxation to your sleep environment!
Lavender Linen Water:
750 ml (3 cups) boiled then cooled water
3-4 Tblsp vodka (or other clear, odorless spirit)- acts as a natural preservative for prolonged storage
15-20 drops pure lavender oil (approx., you can adjust this to suit your own preference)
Combine lavender oil with vodka, then add water- spray on pillows and linens

Digestive Health From Other Foods

Green tea is known to have some benefits to digestive health. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which account for many green tea benefits. Some very limited study findings even confirm that regularly drinking green tea may help in weight loss, although those studies are not enough to conclusively state that.

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