internal hygiene is as important as outer hygiene. Good elimination
and abundant friendly bacteria in the lower intestine are crucial
to good health. There
are two main issues to address in the lower intestine. The
first is transit time and peristalsis and the second is bacteria.
Peristalsis is affected mainly by what we eat.
Roughage aids movement through the gastrointestinal tract. Spices
also have a stimulating effect on peristalsis. Excess consumption
of refined carbohydrates not only relaxes the intestines but
tends to result in impaction on the inside of the lower intestine.
Many people have 40-90 pounds of hardened material on the inside
walls of the intestine. Impaction is thus a question of slow
transiting time as well as impaired assimilation of nutrients.
Ayurveda teaches that there
are three stages to digestion. What is assimilated in the stomach
is used to repair fluids in the body; what is absorbed in the
small intestine helps build fat and muscle; and what is absorbed
through the walls of the large intestine is used to repair
skin, hair, bones, nerve sheaths, the essence or "ojas" of
reproductive fluids, and brain tissue. Thus, if the walls of
the colon are impacted, regeneration of these tissues does
not occur. This sets in motion a process of degeneration because
tissues that wear out are not adequately replaced when the
nutrients needed are not available.
Basically, this is a thumbnail sketch of the fine
line between regeneration and degeneration.
The solution: a diet that is high is complex carbohydrates
and free of refined foods will greatly aid peristalsis. The use
of digestive bitters, pungent spices, and a certain amount of
sour foods also helps.
Though many people are embarrassed by this subject,
constipation is a very serious health problem. It has many consequences,
but the main ones are malabsorption, toxicity, degeneration,
and premature aging. Many spasmodic conditions are also related
to constipation, everything from minor muscle spasms to epileptic
seizures. This is not saying that these neurological problems
will cease completely when the constipation is cured, but the
symptoms will definitely abate.
Constipation has many causes, too numerous to cover
in detail. Let us focus on the issues over which most people
there is diet. Basically, if food is easy to digest, it is generally
easy to eliminate also.
chlorine kills friendly bacteria in the colon. This aggravates
the tendency towards constipation. Avoid chlorinated water and
strong chemicals. Turmeric helps to repopulate intestinal flora.
It also has some anti-tumoral properties. Taking turmeric supplements
and using turmeric in cooking can alleviate some of the problems
associated with trying to maintain healthy populations of intestinal
an herbal formula that normalizes colon function can be important
for some people.
Kitchen Doctor is my best selling album. It is available as
a set of four 90-minute audio cassettes. It was recorded
at a seminar in which I covered the six tastes in relationship
to the effect food pharmacology has on physiological functioning.
The six tastes are: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter,