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Digestive problems? Natural prevention and cures!

Did you know that 80% of your entire immune system is in your digestive tract and it is the second largest part of your neurological system. Therefore, it is better to have a healthy digestive tract than to suffer and then find a cure. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are normally found in a healthy gastrointestinal tract and help food move through your gut. They work through several interrelated mechanisms to promote health at the molecular level. Sources are yoghurt, fermented cabbage, dark chocolate, green pickles, microalgae, miso soup etc. Due to modern diet, lifestyle, pollution and overuse of antibiotics the presence of good bacteria is at risk. Even simple ageing affects the number of good bacteria in your gut. If you are not getting enough probiotics through your diet, try Purayati’s probiotic supplement formulated with over 5 billion colony forming units of multiple pre & probiotics to help you maintain the right balance.

Although prevention is always better than cure, digestive problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome etc., are already very common nowadays. And if you are already suffering from these, it is best to try and find a natural herbal solution.

The plant of sonamukhi or senna as it is commonly called has long been used in traditional medicine for treating osteoarthritis, gout, jaundice, skin diseases, expelling intestinal worms etc. However, the herb is mostly known for its purgative properties. It is an excellent laxative and blood cleansing agent. The senna leaf has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for short-term use in occasional constipation. It works by irritating the lining of the intestine and softening the stools. The time of action of senna is usually 8-10 hours and thus the recommended dosage should be taken at night to time its laxative effect with the morning bowel movement. The sennosides abolish severe constipation of patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

To prevent griping pains in the intestines, it is best when senna is combined with smaller amounts of warming stimulants and antispasmodic herbs. Purayati’s herbal laxative - Laxwel DS has been formulated considering the best combination of herbs having multiple benefits for people suffering from digestive issues ranging from constipation to acidity. Other than senna, Purayati’s herbal laxative has the following –

Ajamoda or ajwain (carom seeds) is an indigenous spice which is used in savoury cooking. It is known to be a powerful decongestant for both digestive and respiratory tract.

Jeeraka or kalonji (cumin seeds) is another spice known for its many health benefits. It is a source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids. One of the vital benefits of jeeraka is its ability to stimulate the pancreatic enzymes in the body to breakdown food and aid in digestion.

Balharda or haritaki is often called a wonder fruit for its ability to cure a multitude of diseases. Being a natural blood purifier it removes toxins from the body and helps keep the digestive system in peak order. It prevents bloating sensation, acidity and helps in proper assimilation of food.

Yashtimadhu or liquorice is well known for its sweetness and medicinal value for treating respiratory problems. Another thing to note is that it is also very effective in relieving pain and discomfort caused by acrid matters in the stomach. It is a mild laxative which soothes and tones the mucous membranes.

Shunti or ginger is known for improving the digestion strength among its various uses.

Saindhav salt or rock salt is known not only for its culinary uses but also for its aid in digestion by improving natural production of Hcl (Hydrochloric acid). It improves appetite, removes intestinal and abdominal gases, cramps, and soothes heartburn.

As they say too much of anything is bad for health, it should be noted that this herbal laxative is only for short-term use and usage for more than 2 weeks continuously requires medical attention. Long term abuse can be unsafe by stopping normal functioning of bowels and causing dependence on laxatives. So it is better to maintain a healthy balance of probiotics once the problem is cured.


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