Intestinal health is crucial for overall body health, and is one of the main ingredients in preventing digestive problems that can result from chronic digestive and bowel movement problems like thrombosed hemmorhoids that result from the strain of pushing out hardened poop. Such an effect is also called Portal Hypertension.
Proper bacterial balance is needed to maintain proper intestinal health. Human bodies need hundreds of different types both friendly and unfriendly bacteria.
Diet high in animal fats, processed foods, coffee, tea and alcohol often cause intestinal health imbalance, especially if it is accompanied by lack of nutrients, dietary fiber or calcium. Such dietary misalignments typically cause poor intestinal health, which may lead to a number of digestive problems like ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis or Crohn's disease.
People who take antibiotic treatments, birth control pills, or extreme therapies like radiation therapy, may be at extra risk of having poor intestinal health from a difficulty in producing friendly bacteria.
Friendly bacteria produce lactic acid, make natural antibiotics (bacteriocins), manufacture vitamin K, and aid the immune system by helping to properly digest all the nutrients that come from the food. They also protect the intestinal mucosa tissues from harmful fungus (yeast), and displace the harmful, pathogenic bacteria that cause constipation, and diarrhea.
Modern diets tend to be high in fat and simple sugars while being low in dietary fiber. This causes food to sometimes stick to the walls of the digestive tract. The body's response to that is to form a mucous layer over materials that impact the intestines.
Chronic mucous buildup can cause a decrease in available binding sites for friendly bacteria. Symptoms of it can sometimes be mucous poop. In general, a decrease in nutrient assimilation by healthy bacteria increases the risk for numerous digestive problems like Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulosis and even colon cancer.
Some doctors recommend cleansing the digestive tract in order to increase intestinal health and create a good intestinal environment for good bacteria. To cleanse the intestines, it is necessary to remove any impacted fecal matter and excess mucous that may line the intestinal walls.
Foods that are known to naturally help cleanse the intestines are super greens that contain chlorophyll which helps naturally attract and remove chemicals from your body. Such foods are high in protein, enzymes, B-vitamins, antioxidants to help fight free radicals and even contain dietary fiber which helps in digestion which boosts your body's immunity to disease and helps your body break down and eliminate excess waste.
Some super-foods are