Do you ever wonder how your food makes it through 28 feet of intestines? Peristalsis is the contraction of smooth muscle tissue and is most commonly associated with the digestive system. The intestines are muscles just like your heart. The heart contracts in order to push blood through the chambers, into the lungs and throughout the body. It’s amazing how the body is perfectly designed. The systems all work together. That is why it’s important to get regular exercise, even if it’s just walking. Moving your body stimulates peristalsis.
Having fecal matter build up in your intestinal tract is bad news. It can store and give off dangerous toxins. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians believed that health was directly related to an individual’s intestines. They called it the River of Life. A periodic cleansing of the river was normal to maintain health. This was accomplished through ingesting medicinal herbs and even clay. Another way to make sure your river is flowing is through movement. If you suffer from constipation take a look at your activity level. Regular exercise may be one way to combat the discomfort of constipation. If your diet is good but you still find your bowel movements to be sluggish, you may just need to stimulate peristalsis through movement. This is why taking a walk after eating is such a great digestive aid.
The ideal time between food consumption and elimination is 12 to 24 hours. So you should be going at least once a day, maybe twice. If you’re slower than that it’s time to evaluate your diet and your activity level. The diet plays a part because processed foods actually get hung up in the system because they have no bulk in the form of fiber. Fiber is your system’s best friend when it comes to moving waste through. If you’re not used to a high fiber diet, start off slowly or it will have the opposite effect. Get moving. Drink plenty of water.
If you really want to get things moving drink warm water and lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Lemon is a natural detoxifier, it stimulates the liver and the gallbladder to produce bile. This combination is what moves toxins out of the body.
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