Gastrointestinal Health is Longevity Health

Gastrointestinal function and ecology are critical to your longevity health. Gastrointestinal health is longevity health. The undigested food in your digestive system often becomes the breeding ground for the development of potentially harmful bacteria that live in your bowl, and thus influences your health and well-being.

Your gastrointestinal tract (GT) is composed of your mouth and teeth, your esophagus and stomach, your small and large intestines. These digestive organs, together with your liver, kidneys, and pancreas, not only digest your food but also assimilate nutrients from what you eat and drink. Therefore, your GT plays a pivotal role in your overall health and wellness. There is absolute truth in the statement: “Death begins at the colon.” Your gastrointestinal health immunizes you from many diseases and disorders that are enemies to your longevity health.

To optimize your gastrointestinal health, you must not overstress your GT.

Avoid eating refined and processed foods and sugar. Any food item in the supermarket that comes in a can, box or carton is most probably processed. All processed foods are loaded with chemicals, and all refined foods are deprived of nutrients that may benefit your gastrointestinal health.

Do not unduly stress your GT by overeating or failing to chew your food adequately.

Drinking water or any liquid during a meal tends to dilute your digestive juices, and thus weakens the digestive process in the GT.

Excess alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine also impair your digestive function.

Use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs is also damaging to your GT. Remember, all pharmaceutical drugs are chemicals, and as such, they are toxic to your body system, including your GT.

Lack of fiber and inadequate enzymes in your diet may also be contributing factors to an unhealthy GT. Get your fiber from beans, vegetables, and fruits, such as apples; a regular raw diet provides you with enzymes to assist your digestion.

Your digestive health is essentially a reflection of your lifestyle.

To optimize your digestive function, you need to re-balance your diet and change your lifestyle. To change your lifestyle is more challenging than re-balancing your diet. Your GT, like the rest of your body, also needs a break every now and then in order to recuperate. Fasting for internal cleansing is the best option, especially for the GT. However, if you think a water fast is too much for you, consider a juice fast – that is, you drink only juices from fresh vegetables or fruits for one or two days to cleanse your body system. Fasting for internal cleansing for gastrointestinal health is a must for longevity health.

The Side Effects of a Drug That’s Able to Empty Your Stomach Quickly

Apo-domperidone is used to cure gastrointestinal disorders by effecting movements of the intestines and bowels in the gastrointestinal tracts. Also known as domperidone, this substance is extensively used against vomiting and conditions of bloating.

In combination with other substances, domperidone is also used in conditions like radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and reduction of acid reflux and also in Parkinson’s disease. Apart from these uses, domperidone is commonly used by people who have traveling sickness to reduce nausea and vomiting during travel.

Domperidone is a well tolerated and moderated medication and is taken quite positively by most of the patients consuming this substance, but as is the case with other medications, there are some side effects associated with this drug usage and these are seen in about 1% of all the patients undergoing domperidone consumption. Most of the Apo-domperidone side effects are not lethal and may alleviate within a few days of occurrence.

Breast enlargement and leakage of milk, apart from mild headache, dryness in the mouth and changes in the menstrual cycle are some of the most commonly experienced side effects of the drug usage. Apart from these, hot flashes are also known to have been caused by excessive drug usage. Some of the lesser known and experienced side effects of drug usage include trembling in hands, being off balance at times, having trouble in walking and maintaining balance and experiencing unusual movements of the mouth, eyes, jaws or nose. This particular also stimulates the pituitary gland and also results in increasing milk production- this fact is taken both as a side effect, and an effective cure to breast feeding problems.

Herbal Drugs and Their Spasmodic Effects – Part 1

The typically synthesized derivatives, to mention a few, such as isoflavones, ketamine benzaldehyde or benzyl cinnamate thalidomide mebeverine hydrochloride verapamil and midazolam, are currently used in pharmaceutical drug industry as antispasmodic and vasodilators. However, a large number of herbal remedies of plant isolates proved just as effective and useful.

Herbal drugs in general, are often used in urinary tract diseases such as inflammation of the lower urinary tract, kidney and bladder, and also benign prostata hyperplasia. They usually show mild aquaretic / diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antispasmodic actions. Aniba canelilla (Mez) is a medicinal plant used in the Amazon folkas therapeutic , antispasmodic, anti-diuretic, carminative, tonic agent. It is used also as a stimulant of the digestive and central nervous system; the plant essential oil has analgesic activity. The hydroalcoholic extracts of Achillea millefolium L. (AM) and Artemisia vulgaris L. (AV), both belonging to the Asteraceae family, confirm their folk use as analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic agents.

The antispasmodic effects of methyleugenol from the essential oil of Artemisia dracunculus is reported to possess bitter, stimulant, tonic, antispasmodic and anthelmintic properties. Artemisia scoparia Waldst and kit (Compositae) is a source of immense medicinal and pharmaceutical importance, such as Scoparone, Rutin and Esculetin which are effective as immunosuppressants, hepatoprotective, antispasmodic, hypotensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory agents.

St John’s Wart (Hypericum perforatum) is famous for its many medicinal uses. The crude extract of aerial parts and its fractions were studied in vitro for its possible spasmolytic and bronchodilator activities. The composites of are sold as pills in over-the-counter herbal remedies in pharmacies.

Of the several hallucinogenic plant constiuents; papavrine, morphine and opium were shown to have sedative and antispasmodic effects, besides their addictive nature and other deleterious effects when often misused.

Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is an ancient, highly significant and popular plant species with proven pharmaceutical value especially, against human chronic diseases in modern medicine. Among the opium alkaloids, morphine is a strong analgesic, while codeine is anti-tussive and papaverine antispasmodic. Besides being a potent pain killer, morphine, the largest component of opium, exhibits a combination of depression and stimulation in the central nervous system. India is a unique country where opium poppy is legitimately cultivated for gum latex as per WHO guidelines.

Hyoscine, another hallucinogenic and poisonous plant constituents, experience wide use in phamacetical drug industry. Hyoscine butylbromide (tradenames: Buscopan/Buscapina) is an antispasmodic drug for the treatment of abdominal pain associated with gastrointestinal cramping. As a hyoscine derivative, it competitively inhibits muscarinic acetylcholine receptors on smooth muscle cells in the gastrointestinal tract…

The natural and often common -day used plant materials as spices and flavouring in food products are cardamom, pepper ginger and mint. These were found to have some spasmodic effects as well.As an example the “gastrointestinal tea” contains natural cardamom (seed), pomegranate (grains), long red pepper (foeti), physocarpous siberian (roots), berry apple (foeti), red bartsia (herb) of specified proportions have anti-inflammatory action; enzyme normalization of gastrointestinal tract; improvement of gastric juice enzymatic activity; antispasmodic and analgesic action…

Ginger (rhizome of Zingiber officinale) is a well known herb for its culinary and wide range of medicinal uses, and is considered an essential component of the kitchen pharmacy. More commonly, ginger has been traditionally used in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as a stomachic, laxative, sialog gue, gastric emptying enhancer, appetizer, antiemetic, antidyspepsic, antispasmodic, and antiulcer agent with sufficient scientific support. Similarly, ginger has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, hypoglycaemic, anti- migraine, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, diuretic, and hypocholes

The use of mint species in traditional and conventional medicine is mostly due to the presence of two classes of secondary monoterpenoids in essential oils and different structural types of phenolic compounds. Essential oils are known to act as antimicrobial, antispasmodic, carminative, and antiviral agents. In addition, the essential oils of several mint species have been recently qualified as natural antioxidants.

Psidium guajava L has an edible fruit when ripe and has a pleasant aroma. Guava has been a widely used folkloric medicine in China, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Tropical America. Being rich in polyphenolics and flavonoids, it exhibits many therapeutic uses including amebicide, analgesic, vermifuge, antimalarial, antibacterial, colic-relief, antispasmodic, astringent, antiulcerous, gastrototonic cough suppressant, hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diarrheal, some psychic diseases and hyperglycaemia.

Other plant parts that can mentioned here for their spasmodic effects are: Tribulus terrestris Linn; different parts of which are highly prized remedy amongst the people of India. Since ancient periods, the fruit is used as demulcent, diuretic, antispasmodic and aphrodisiac. The fruits have been identified by their macroscopic and microscopic characters, cell contents, the behavior of powdered drug with different reagents and preliminary phytochemical analysis.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium L..) is traditionally used against inflammatory and spasmodic gastrointestinal complaints, hepato-biliary disorders, as an appetite enhancing drug, against skin inflammations and for wound healing, due to its antiphlogistic, choleretic and spasmolytic properties. The main pharmacologically active principles were shown to be the essential oil (antimicrobial), proazulenes and other sesquiterpene lactones (antiphlogistic), dicaffeoylquinic acids (choleretic) and flavonoids (antispasmodic).

‘Tian-ma’ (Gastrodia elata Blume) is an effective analgesic and antispasmodic agent and there are some counterfeits in the Chinese traditional medicine

Turkey is the biggest exporter of oregano herb and oil to the world markets. The Oregano herb is mainly used in food, spice and pharmaceutical industries. Carvacrol is responsible for the biological activities. Many diverse activities claimed for carvacrol include antimicrobial, antitumor, antimutagenic, antigenotoxic, analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, angiogenic, antiparasitic and antiplatelet coagulation properties.