By : Daoud Davis
The Importance of Regular Bowel Movements
The gut was for many years just another part of the gastrointestinal system. It was undoubtedly important for nutrient absorption, but nothing special apart from that. More recently, it has been the main focus of dedicated research. Now we know that gut health influences brain neurotransmitter balance, the immune system, and much more. Regular bowel movements are much more important than we think.
In this article, you will find a summary of these advancements in gut health medicine and how Dr. Mission’s contributes to your wellbeing inside out.
Beyond the Gastrointestinal System
You probably have heard about dopamine, one of the main neurotransmitters. It is associated with pleasure, reward, and a good mood. Interestingly, the gut synthesizes more dopamine than the brain. In the gut, dopamine contributes to bowel movements. Thus, a lack of dopamine will not only make you feel depressed. It also causes constipation. That is only an example of the connections between the brain and the gastrointestinal system (1).
We typically feel lymph nodes in the neck when we have a throat infection. They are important centers where the immune system organizes and creates a defense against different microorganisms. But the most critical set of lymph nodes and immune tissue is nowhere near the skin. It is attached to the gut, and it is called gut-associated lymphoid tissue or GALT. Like a metronome, the gastrointestinal system directs the rhythm of the immune system through GALT structures. What you decide to eat changes your gut microbiota and modulates the immune system and the brain (2).
So, as you can see, it is not an overstatement. Bowel movements and gut health are fundamental for wellbeing beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Good digestion may eliminate symptoms such as depression and mood swings and help your body protect itself against viruses and bacteria.
Achieve Regular Bowel Movements Safely and without Prescription
The best thing about gut health is that you usually don’t need a prescription to improve. You can recover healthy and regular bowel movements by changing your diet a bit. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and you will see a significant improvement (3).
But if you want to go one step further, try Dr. Mission’s Digestive Support Tonic and Vitality Sea Moss.
Our Digestive Support Tonic contains a blend of natural herbs with anti-inflammatory potentials, such as aloe powder. You will also have plenty of antioxidants, including green tea. It is also designed to aid accessory glands of the digestive tract, especially the liver with milk thistle. It also has herbs such as astragalus, commonly used for constipation. It is altogether a support tonic to keep your gut fresh and healthy without any prescription.
You could also try our Vitality Sea Moss, which besides providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs, is also an excellent aid for your mind and libido. It has Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba, two herbs with widely known effects on cognitive function. It also has Horny Goat Seed, which is particularly useful to raise your libido.
As you read in this article, the gut and your mental health are deeply linked. Are you willing to make a lifestyle change with enormous implications for your health? Consider your gut and ensure those healthy and regular bowel movements.
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Franco-Robles, E., Ramírez-Emiliano, J., López-Briones, J. S., & Balcón-Pacheco, C. D. (2019). Prebiotics and the Modulation on the Microbiota-GALT-Brain Axis. In Prebiotics and Probiotics-Potential Benefits in Nutrition and Health. IntechOpen.
Karabudak, E., Koksal, E., & Macit, M. S. (2019). The relationship between body weight, fiber and fluid intake status and functional constipation in young adults. Nutrition & Food Science.