The digestion begins in the mouth by chewing the food and ends at the end of the colon.
The digestive system is a very complex system of organs involved in the breakdown of the food into its components that are then distributed through the body.
The digestive system is closely connected with the system of endocrine glands and the nervous system and therefore, any deviation from the routine, stress or changes in the human life result in digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids, but also some severe diseases such as Crohn’s disease or colon cancer.
The heartburn is uncomfortable, but it is not dangerous. It happens when the acid from the stomach goes into the esophagus, which is manifested by painful burning sensation in the middle of the chest. The heartburn is usually typical for obese people and pregnant women, but also for the people who are prone to eating too fast, stress and anxiety.
Tea of anise and lemon balm
Take one tablespoon of anise and one tablespoon of lemon balm and pour half a liter of boiling water. Leave it like that for 15 minutes and drink it unsweetened during the day.
Peel one larger potato and grate it. Then squeeze the juice from the mixture with your hands. You should drink it fresh, one hour before meals. Repeat this three times a day.
Take 100g of dried wormwoodleaves, soak them in 1 liter of natural brandy by your choice and keep it like that for a month. Strain it through gauze, pour it into a bottle and close it well. After a bigger and heavier meal, you should drink onebrandy glass of it.
Nausea and Vomiting
Everyone has sometimes experienced these problems. They could be caused by excessive consummation of food and drinks, poisoning, nausea caused by driving, pregnancy. If they last for more than 24 hours, you should see a doctor.
If you go on a trip and you have problems with nausea caused by driving, you should take a bundle of angelicaleaves and hang them in the car. This plant has a beneficial effect in the reducing of the feeling of nausea.
Take two teaspoons of dried mint and pour 4 dl of boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes and drink it unsweetened, in small sips. This tea is extremely effective in case of nausea caused by pregnancy.
It would be good if you always have a piece of raw ginger at your hand. You can also use crystallized ginger if you feel a rush of nausea. In this case, you should chew a piece of the plant which will stop the further progression of that unpleasant feeling.
The foods rich in fiber and generally a diet rich in fruits are common causes for diarrhea. However, it is important to point out that the diarrhea may indicate a serious illness and therefore, if the diarrhea lasts for more than 48 hours, you should see your doctor because of the risk of dehydration.
Take one teaspoon of dried sticklewortandpour 2 dl of boiling water. You should drink it unsweetened several times a day.
Grate one bigger apple and let it sit until its color becomes darker. Then strain it and drink the juice. You can also mix the grated apple with yogurt.
Cook white rice in water. After the water evaporates, add more water and repeat the process until the rice is completely cooked. Then strain the rice and drink the liquid in which you have added a pinch of salt. In this way you will avoid dehydration because the salt connects with the water.
The black tea is also good for diarrhea.
The constipation is an uncomfortable phenomenon that usually occurs in people who eat unhealthy food, but also in those who are sensitive to changes, especially to changes in the environment and the climate. However, the constipation can be a sign of more severe disease.
Boiled and baked potatoes
In the morning you should eat baked potatoes and drink a cup of black coffee. For lunch, you should make potato soup, and for dinner you should prepare the potatoes as a stew. Repeat the process for three days. On the fourth day, you should have a normal stool without pain and cramps.
Wash the dried figs well and soak them in warm water. Let them sit for 24 hours and the next morning eat them instead of breakfast, along with water in which they stayed during the night. You can also add some dried plums, and for more serious cases of constipation you should add 3 senna leaves.
Tea of Alder Buckthorn
Take two tablespoons of dried bark and cook them for 15 minutes in half a liter of water. Leave it covered during the night. Then strain the tea and add 4 tablespoons of plum jam. Drink one half of it in the morning and the other half in the evening, after a meal.
Irritable bowel syndrome
In cases when the digested food and the waste products pass through the intestines too quickly, there is a syndrome of irritable or restless intestines. The symptoms of these problems are diarrhea or constipation, sharp abdominal pain, bloating and stomach churning.
One of the ingredients of the ginger is the yellow pigment curcumin and larger part of it stays in the intestines and it protects and soothes them, so it is recommended to drink 3 cups of ginger tea a day. Wash and peel the ginger. Then grate it into thin pieces. Take one teaspoon of grated ginger and pour 2 dl of boiling water. Keep it like that for 5 minutes and then strain it.
Take dry inner and middle bark of elm branches that are about 2 years old, which were peeled off in the early spring, chop it, dry it and make powder from it. Take half a teaspoon of the powder and dissolve it in the mouth, with food, three times a day.
Take two tablespoons of the fruit and cook them for 2 minutes in 2 ml of water. Then strain it and when it cools off, add 2 dl of 90% rubbing alcohol. You should take 1 teaspoon of the tincture, 3 times a day with food.
Crohn’s disease or ileitis and ulcerative colitis are conditions which often affect the intestines. The first stage is characterized by swelling in any part of the intestines, which is the result of an ulcer or inflammation. The last part of the small intestine is often affected, so the feces cannot pass. In the case of ulcerative colitis, only the colon is infected and leads to diarrhea. Both conditions require medical intervention.
Lemon grass oil
Put a bunch of the fresh plant or 100 g of dried plant in 1 liter of homemade olive oil and then pour everything into a bottle and seal it. Let it sit for 30 days in the sun or in a warm place in the house. You should shake it occasionally. Then strain it through a linen cloth and store it in a cool and dark place. The massage on the stomach with this oil helps in case of abdominal pain.
Tea of St John’s-wort and chamomile
Take one liter of boiling water and pour it over a tablespoon of dried leaves and flowers of chamomile and one tablespoon of dried St John’s-wort. Keep it covered for half an hour. Then strain it, let it cool off and drink it during the day. This tea will calm down the intestines and will have good effects on the inflammation.
Coating of Yarrow
Chop finely the fresh or dried yarrow leaves and then add a bit of chamomile. Prepare a coating from the mixture, warm it up and apply it on the stomach every night, for a period of two weeks. Then take a break for a week and repeat the process.
We usually do not even notice the gallstones until they go from the gallbladder through the bile duct towards the intestines where they can get stuck and cause irritation and inflammation of the gallbladder, the bile duct and the pancreas. Their movement through the body causes severe pain in the stomach, the chest or the right shoulder, or sometimes even vomiting and fever.
Lemon, salt and olive oil
Eat half a teaspoon of bitter salt. One hour later, drink a wine glass of olive oil. Then drink a small glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice. You should continue taking the salt, olive oil and lemon juice on every 5 minutes until you drink 300 ml of oil and the juice of 6 lemons. This is a drastic but effective remedy for painless passage of the gallstones.
Seeds of milk thistle
Take 25 g of seeds of milk thistle and put them in a saucepan, add 500 ml of water and a cover the saucepan with a tight lid. Wait until the liquid boils and then cook it on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain it and add fresh water in order to have 500 ml of fluid. Drink half a cup of it, 3-6 times a day.
The colon cancer occurs in the lower part of the digestive system and it can also occur in the colon, which is located next to the small intestine, in the main part of the colon or in the lower part that leads to the rectum. It usually occurs after the age of 65, but it can occur earlier as well. The causes for the colon cancer cannot be stated with absolute certainty, but they believe that the way of life in terms of food with lots of fat, fast food, coffee and unhealthy foods can contribute to the occurrence of this disease. But, the genes play an important role as well.
Tea of common centaury and chicory
This tea is excellent for the prevention of colon cancer, as well as for cleaning the body of carcinogens. Take 1.5 liters of boiling water and add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped leaves and flowers of common centaury and 1 tablespoon chicory root. You should also add a pinch of parsley, lemon balm leaves, birch leaves and flowers of St. John’s wort.
Keep it covered for 90 minutes, strain it and sweeten it with honey. You should drink it during the day.