The Cleansing waves of the body called Migrating motor complex ( MMC) are body’s natural mechanism to reduce the bacterial overgrowth in stomach and small intestine.
When things are not moving downwards, it can lead to symptoms such as bloating, distension, constipation, belching, nausea, abdominal pain, reflux, difficulty swallowing etc. We often see this in conditions such as SIBO, IBS, functional dyspepsia, GERD and other motility related disorders.
What helps stimulate MMC?
Agents such as Prokinetics stimulate these waves in the GI tract and coordinate movement downwards. They do this by co coordinating muscular contractions and thereby improve GI motility and transit. Prokinetics are not laxatives and Laxatives are not prokinetics.
These agents act on different areas of the Gastro intestinal system such as esophagus, stomach, Small intestine and the Large Intestine. They do so by acting on various receptors in the gut.
There are various prokinetic agents – Prescriptive drugs and Natural prokinetics.
Natural prokinetics herbs such as Iberis amara, ginger, caraway etc and nutrients such as 5-HTP have shown to be effective in studies. My favourite prokinetic that is naturopathic is Prokine (Vitaaid)and motil Pro ( Pure encaps).
I strongly believe that grazing can block the cleansing waves. So, spacing your meals 3-5 hrs apart is also important.
If you suffer from abdominal symptoms, give us a call or check with a qualified naturopathic doctor to get to the bottom of it.
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