Reducing Ammonia Levels in Body through Bowel Movements Only

Reducing Ammonia Levels in Body through Bowel Movements Only

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Can high ammonia levels in body be reduced solely through repeated bowel movements (4-5 per day), i.e., WITHOUT the use of Lactulose?

Lactulose can decrease the blood amonia levels by either drawing some ammonia from the blood into the intestine (MedlinePlus) or by inhibiting ammonia production by the intestinal bacteria and hence its absorption into the blood (Digestive Diseases, Emedicine).

By having frequent bowel movements, you could theoretically give less time to intestinal bacteria to produce ammonia from the undigested food, but, without laxatives, it may not be realistic to just decide to have 4-5 bowel movements per day.

Constipation can result from an abnormality in the ions involved in contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscle. Damage to nerves that stimulate intestinal muscle contraction can lead to constipation. Decreased water intake and a low fiber diet increase the likelihood for constipation. Constipation in an elderly male raises concern for colon cancer.

Chronic constipation stretches the intestinal wall and increases the pressure in the venous circulation around the intestine. Veins are compliant vessels, meaning that they stretch to accommodate increases in pressure, but do not return to their previously un-stretched state chronic constipation causes hemorrhoids or dilated vessels. Fecal matter can accumulate and harden over time due to chronic constipation.

Digestive System Basics

Your digestive system is made up of several organs that come together to form what's called the gastrointestinal, or GI, tract. Your GI tract consists of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver and pancreas. Each organ has a separate job and relies on a series of processes to complete its job.

When you first put food in your mouth, your teeth and saliva start to break down that food. It then travels through your esophagus and into your stomach, where it's mixed with gastric juices that contain a large percentage of hydrochloric acid, also called HCl, stomach acid or gastric acid.

From the stomach, food travels into your small intestine where it's mixed with more digestive juices that come from the liver and the pancreas.

Once the small intestine has finished its job, food moves on to the large intestine where digestion is completed, then waste products travel out of your body through bowel movements. Although every single part of this process is important, the hydrochloric acid in the stomach is a vital component.

Foods for Backed Up Bowels

Dietary factors play an important role in preventing and managing constipation. Ultimately these dietary measures ensure that bowel contents move through the intestines with ease and that a regular bowel habit is maintained. This prevents complications like fecal impaction but may not be as helpful for intestinal obstructions caused by other factors, like tumors. These measures include:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and wholegrains to ensure sufficient fiber intake on a daily basis. It should make up at least half of every meal.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that may constipate, including alcoholic and caffeinated drinks that can dehydrate the body and processed carbohydrates that are low in fiber.
  • Drink sufficient water throughout the day, both with meals and between meals. Water provides bulk when absorbed by fiber and helps to keep stool soft.

Do not immediately use OTC medication like laxatives to stimulate bowel movements. It may not always be effective in and can sometimes lead to complications if taken for long periods of time.

What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Belly Fat

The latest buzzword in the weight-loss world might not be what you expect: poop. Yep, your excrement might give you insight as to why you can't get rid of that annoying belly fat.

In a study published in the journal Genome Biology, researchers at King&rsquos College University in London set out to get a better handle on what your number twos reveals about your weight, specifically where your body fat is stored.

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The researchers analyzed the bacterial diversity of 3,600 stool samples from 1,300 twins. Then, they measured the participants' visceral body fat (the belly fat embedded in your organs) and sub-cutaneous fat, which lies right below the skin.

RELATED: Does Pooping Actually Affect Your Weight?

After comparing the two measures, the researchers found that the more diverse the participants' microbiome (a.k.a. the healthier the balance of bacteria in their poo) the less likely they were to be obese and, more importantly, the less likely they were to have that ultra-unhealthy visceral fat.

According to the researchers, it&rsquos still not clear whether these findings mean that improving your gut health will actually reduce your levels of visceral fat. But it can't hurt to keep the bugs in your belly happy by eating probiotic-packed smoothie bowls and Kombucha.



“Ingestion of the body’s main source of energy—”oxygen.” Oxygen allows for oxidation to take place within the body. The respiratory system removes carbon dioxide helps regulate the acid-base balance of the body and brings hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, etc., into the body. These elements are life’s most basic foods.”

– Dr. Robert Morse “Miracle Detox Book”

Unfortunately most people unconsciously practice shallow breathing due to the stress in their lives. This causes reduced oxygen uptake to the blood leading to fatigue, which subsequently makes us feel more stressed. Without sufficient oxygen we aren’t releasing enough carbon dioxide and toxins begin to accumulate in the body, including the lungs.

Practicing conscious deep breathing will allow more oxygen to flow into your lungs. It helps clear airways by breaking up and removing accumulated toxins in the lungs. Try taking time each day to focus on inhaling deeply through the nose, allowing the chest to rise and the belly expand. Then exhale slowly while the belly contracts.


Peppermint, tea tree and thyme oil contain antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and have all been proven to have positive effects on respiratory disorders. The antioxidant properties in eucalyptus oil decreases lung airway inflammation, while oregano oil has also been shown to clear lungs and bronchial passages by boiling it with hot water or adding it to a vaporiser to inhale the steam.

Try adding a few drops of oil to a pot with boiling water. Cover your head with a towel, close your eyes, and put your face over the pot. Inhale the steam. Repeat several times to clear your throat and nasal passages.

Note: Look for a trusted producer that makes pure oils with no additives. If you are taking prescription medications, do not start oil of oregano without consulting with your doctor or an integrative physician first.

Allertrex is an all natural and organic product which contains a combination of 12 herbs (including the ones already mentioned) to help cleanse and strengthen the lungs.


It has been confirmed that a minimally processed diet based around plant foods is important when it comes to the health and function of the lungs. Antioxidants have been shown to help keep the lungs working effectively. They counteract oxidative stress in the body which plays a role in a decrease in lung function. Foods high in antioxidants include tomatoes, apples, bananas, berries, prunes, raisins, red grapes, cherries, kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beetroot, and red bell pepper.

Low fibre intake was associated with reduced measures of lung function. Therefore a diet rich in fibre-containing foods like fruits and vegetables may play a role in improving lung health.

A diet rich in carotenoid-rich foods have been associated with better lung function. Foods high in carotenoids include apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato, pink grapefruit, tomatoes and watermelon, mango, papaya, peaches, prunes, squash and oranges, green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kiwi, lettuce, peas and spinach.

Avoid mucus-forming foods to help prevent lung congestion and keep the airways clean. These include dairy products, red meat, bread, and processed food.

It’s essential to get your body’s detoxification pathways working effectively and in synergy to ensure you’re removing accumulation of waste and achieving homeostasis of the body.

This blog, its content and any linked material are presented for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or prescribing. Nothing contained in or accessible from this post should be considered to be medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or prescribing, or a promise of benefits, claim of cure, legal warranty, or guarantee of results to be achieved. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog or in any linked material. Olivia Budgen is not a medical doctor. Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment or care, or starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.

Friday, July 1, 2016

It's More Than Just a Soccer Game.

Like it or not, my fellow Americans, soccer is the most popular sport in the world. And in Europe, soccer is life! It's all the kids play outside. Nicholas has soccer every Monday after school as an extra curricular activity and recently, he and several of his classmates have been practicing for the big tournament tomorrow put on by the local team, FC Hinwil. Teams from the area (grades 1-6) play for the top spot. This is Nick's third year participating in the tournament.

I grew up with sports idols like Michael Jordan, Bernie Kosar, and Nolan Ryan. I had a baseball card collection and traded with other kids. I grew up around different sports (I will note that the boys do know American football well). Here, soccer is it and Panini stickers are what's traded. These are stickers that go into a book specifically for each tournament taking place at the time. The boys LOVE opening their packs to see which team, individual, or action sticker they get (5 stickers cost about 90 cents). It is seriously exciting for them! It's nearly impossible to fill the entire book. The Swiss kids don't trade stickers. They play some sort of game that involves slapping the stickers and which ever ones flip over you get. So you could get nothing, or a big stack. I don't get it. My kids must stink at it because they never come home with new stickers for their books. We've tried to teach the concept of trading. It just doesn't fly here. But, they are growing up knowing names like Messi, Ronaldo, Shaqiri, Buffon, the "sweat pants goalie" from Hungary, and their favorite, Robert Lewandowski. And, there's nothing wrong with that, either.

Since we've been here, we have experienced two European Championship tournaments, and a men's and women's World Cup tournament. One of things I love about experiencing these tournaments here vs the US is seeing the national pride of people (yes, Americans are proud during the World Cup). Our village has many expats, much of whom came over during the war in the '90s. Nicholas has several kids in his class from Bosnia, Kosovo, and Turkey. There are also two kids from Portugal and one from Italy. Folks proudly support their team by draping their country's flag over a balcony, or with car flags or mirror covers.

These are from our complex--England and Slovakia (and of course, Switzerland)

8 Simple Detox Strategies

1. Lemon Water

Instead of reaching for a hot cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning, try drinking a warm glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Starting your day with this (on an empty stomach) helps to stimulate the liver and gallbladder to release toxins.

Specifically, lemon contains citric acid, which has been shown to enhance your body’s ability to flush out toxins. Warm lemon water also stimulates digestive enzymes and peristalsis in your gut, which improves digestion and aids in the elimination of toxins through bowel movements.

As an added bonus, lemon is loaded with Vitamin C (around 30-40 mg) as well as other minerals which act as an immune booster and antioxidant!

  • Upon waking, squeeze the juice of one fresh lemon in a 6-8 oz glass of warm water. Drink on an empty stomach and wait 20 minutes to eat!
  • Pro Tip: Add in 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to further boost the detoxification of your liver and gut!

2. Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing coconut oil around in the mouth to promote oral hygiene and stimulate the lymphatic system. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which works by binding with bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling process.”

The constant swishing stimulates the lymphatic system and works to clear blockages from the meridian pathways in the mouth that are connected to our organs. On top of that, it also functions as a natural way to whiten your teeth!

  • Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach (before or after the warm lemon water is fine!).
  • Simply place up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and allow it to melt. Then, begin to swish the oil around.
  • Without swallowing or gargling, move the oil around your mouth, teeth, and gums for 5-20 minutes. When you are finished, spit the oil into a disposable cup or in the trash can.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as usual!

3. Fasting

Fasting is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. Historically, it has been used for a number of reasons, including spiritual growth, weight loss, and detoxification. Recent studies have shown that our ancestors were spot on, as fasting has numerous benefits including anti-aging effects, detoxification, and improving brain function.

Taking a break from eating allows your body to clear out cellular debris more easily (including old proteins that are detrimental to your brain) and put all of its energy towards repairing itself. The best part? It’s free!

So, if you want to boost your body’s healing capabilities, lose weight, and stay younger longer, you should consider implementing fasting into your healthy lifestyle.

There are several different methods to fasting. Figuring out what works best with your lifestyle is key! Here are two popular methods of fasting:

  • 16:8 Intermittent Fasting
    • This method involves eating all of your food for the day over a period of eight hours and avoiding any food for at least 16 hours. This can be practiced a few days a week, or every day.
    • Example: stop eating after 8:00 p.m. and wait to eat again until 12:00 p.m. the following day.
    • This method consists of eating a normal, healthy diet 5 days a week while either completely fasting the other 2 days, or restricting calories to 500-600 calories/day.
    • Example: Fasting on Monday and Thursday while eating normal Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday.

    * Caveat : Before starting any type of fasting diet, always be sure to discuss it with your doctor.

    4. Dry Brushing

    Dry brushing is a simple yet powerful way to help your body properly detox. By brushing your skin with gentle strokes towards your heart, you can effectively stimulate your lymphatic system. Think of your lymphatic system as the garbage disposal network of your body. It transfers your body’s waste and toxins to the blood for filtration and eventual elimination.

    By activating your lymphatic system through dry brushing, your body is better able to move toxins and waste from your tissues for effective removal. To make it even more appealing, it is also an exfoliating treatment which leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth!

    • Using a natural-bristle brush, apply gentle but firm strokes starting at your feet and moving towards your heart.
    • Continue upwards in long, sweeping motions, always being sure to brush towards your heart.
    • Move to your arms, starting at your hands and brushing upwards. Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
    • After you have finished brushing, jump in the shower and rinse off!

    5. Coffee Enemas

    The body processes the majority of toxins through the liver. From there, toxins are sent to the intestinal tract via bile for elimination. When the colon gets backed up and waste is not effectively and regularly eliminated, it can be reabsorbed back into the body. Therefore, one of the best ways to help your body detox is through supporting the liver and cleansing the bowel.

    One very effective method of liver detoxification and bowel cleansing is something called a “coffee enema,” which is exactly what it sounds like: an enema made up of coffee and water.

    Some of the components of coffee (including caffeine and theophylline) travel to the liver through the portal system and effectively dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, thereby increasing bile flow. In doing so, bile is released (along with the toxins it carries) into the intestinal tract and is eliminated through bowel movements during the enema process.

    Additionally, coffee also works to increase an important antioxidant in the liver known as glutathione. Glutathione works to clean up free radicals in the blood as it passes through the liver.

    During an enema, you attempt to hold the enema for around 12-15 minutes. By holding it this long, you allow for your blood to circulate through your liver 4-5 times, which means glutathione is cleansing all of your blood 4-5 times, then allowing for that toxic waste to be dumped into the bile for elimination in the gut.

    The enema also stimulates peristalsis, which gets your bowels moving and helps you to use the restroom. So, if you want an effective, affordable, and simple way to powerfully detox your body, try a coffee enema!

    For exact instructions on how to perform a coffee enema, please visit one of these sites:

    Caveat : If you have any pre-existing health conditions, be sure to discuss with your doctor before trying coffee enemas on yourself.

    6. Bentonite Clay Baths

    Throughout history, clay has been used for a variety of health purposes, including detoxification. In his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Weston A Price wrote about how several cultures (including those from the Andes, Australia, and Central Africa) ingested clay to avoid accumulating toxins from food and water.

    Bentonite clay in particular is extremely healing to the body. Not only can it bind to various toxins, including heavy metals and unwanted chemicals, but it is also loaded with beneficial minerals such as magnesium, potassium, silica, calcium, sodium, and iron, which facilitate a wide range of metabolic processes.

    Bentonite clay also contains a negative electromagnetic charge which, when combined with water, acts like a magnet and binds to positively charged toxins.

    Although historically it was ingested, clay is also used topically to help with detoxification, skin ailments, and as a beauty treatment. Bathing in bentonite clay is a simple, relaxing, and effective way to help your body pull out toxins through the skin. It will also leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and more radiant!

    • Mix ¼-¾ cup of bentonite clay in a bowl of warm water. From here you have two options (both of which are beneficial):
    • Slather the clay mixture onto your skin, then soak in a bathtub for 15-20 minutes.
    • Or, pour the clay mixture into the bathtub and soak for 15-20 minutes.
    • When finished, wash off the excess clay and dry!

    7. Emotional and Mental Detoxing

    When we think about the popular word “detox” we typically picture intensive exercise, strict juice diets, and sweating to exhaustion in a sauna.

    Detoxing is almost always correlated with physical toxins. However, detoxification goes much deeper than what can be seen with the naked eye. Ridding our bodies of negative, toxic thoughts is another way to keep our body functioning at a higher, healthier level. Keeping a healthy mind correlates with a healthy body.

    Our brains regulate our blood chemistry, which determines the environment of our cells. Healthy cellular environments=healthy cells. The fascinating part of this is that our brain regulation is influenced by our emotions and perceptions (aka our feelings and minds).

    In his book, The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton makes some interesting discoveries on the influence of the brain on cellular function. He notes that when we have positive emotions and perceptions, such as love, our brains release hormones and chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin, which optimize our metabolism and facilitate the growth and proper functioning of our cells.

    Conversely, negative emotions and perceptions, such as fear and hate, cause our brains to release stress hormones (like cortisol) which inhibit cellular growth and the proper functioning of our immune systems.

    In conclusion, negative emotions and thoughts correspond with poor functioning cells which inhibit your ability to detox. On the contrary, positive emotions and thoughts lead to happy, healthy cells and facilitate the proper elimination of toxins. So, if you want to have a healthy body, you need a healthy mind!

    There are several ways that you can help your mind to detox negative perceptions and emotions. Practicing a daily “mental cleaning” will help keep your brain less toxic and therefore, facilitate your body’s detoxification! We’ll list a few options.

    • The Buteyko Breathing Method is a breathing technique used to restore proper oxygenation of tissues. It also activates the parasympathetic nervous system and therefore can reduce stress and help with negative emotions (such as anxiety). , is a psycho-emotional therapy that incorporates acupuncture points in order to help you “clear” unwanted, negative emotions. It allows you to heal from unresolved emotional issues that may be hindering your health and personal growth. is an ancient Hawaiian technique that is used for self-transformation. It can be an incredibly beneficial tool that allows you to detox or “cleanse” your mind on a weekly or daily basis. Amongst myriad benefits, it helps to accept certain situations, reduce stress, and release negative emotions and perceptions about other people and yourself.

    7. Digital Detoxing

    Digital detoxing has become popular among young professionals recently. Considering the phrase “digital detox” made its way into the Oxford Online Dictionary a few years ago, it’s evident that the world is catching on to the need to “hang up and hang out.”

    The question arises, medically speaking, why is it necessary to take a break from technology? And what can we do to “detox” from the digital world apart from simply avoiding their use for a period of time?

    While technology is incredible in so many ways, the blue light emitted many devices can disrupt your production of melatonin and therefore hinder your sleep. It also makes you less productive and increases toxic emotions like anxiety and low self-esteem. As if that wasn’t enough, the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) given off by devices (like our cell phones and smartwatches) is damaging to our bodies. This EMR corrupts water molecules and thereby inhibits cell communication and hinders the flow of our cerebrospinal fluid. While more research needs to be done about the potentially harmful effects of EMR on our bodies, there are a growing number of studies that have given great cause for concern. EMR has the potential to damage our DNA, increase our risk of certain brain cancers, and make microorganisms more resistant to antibiotics.

    “The major issues that people really need to know about and why they need to find a true solution is that the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and other sources, corrupt water.”

    Dr. Mindy Beck

    As you can see, using our electronic devices can hamper our health in more ways than one. A recent study showed that the average American spends nearly half a day interacting with media. Our lives are inundated with emails, phone calls, text messages, web searching, online news, and social media. It is, therefore, imperative that we find ways to protect ourselves from the digital world as much as we can.

    • Turn your Wifi off at night! Your body regenerates and detoxifies itself at night while you are sleeping. In order to support your body’s healing, turn off the Wifi to save yourself from that EMR exposure.
    • Go back to normal alarm clocks and turn your phone off at night.
    • Protect yourself from EMR being emitted from your smart devices with things like YouMatrix. While you cannot “block” electromagnetic fields coming from your devices, you can change the waves (making them 3D instead of 2D) so that they are more biocompatible with your body.
    • Protect your production of melatonin with the use of Bluelight glasses. If you’re someone who reads at night on your kindle or sits in front of a computer all day, these should be a staple in your closet.
    • Put your phone away! Designate “tech-free” times throughout the day. Ideas for this include no phones during meals, no phones for 1-3 hours prior to bed, etc.

    Benefits Of Colon Cleansing

    A healthy colon is very beneficial to live a healthy life. Most Americans experience colon problems because they lack fibers and natural cleansers in their diet. The recommended daily allowance for fiber intake for an average person is 30 grams. A diet with no fibers is like brushing your teeth without a toothbrush.

    You cannot simple clean all plaque and food bits. Without the essential natural fibers, a healthy colon is almost impossible. Harmful buildup of fecal matters can occur that can result to health problems such as indigestion, constipation, bloating and even the fatal colon cancer.

    Colon cleansing and internal body detoxification is very essential in maintaining a healthy large intestine. Since the colons main function is to extract water and salt from fecal matters, it will be very important for the body to ensure it has a healthy one.

    The restoration and maintenance of your overall health is generally dependent on the state of your digestion. Thus, colon cleansing is very essential when you want to have a healthy digestion and better lifestyle.
    In its simplest sense, colon cleansing improves the digestive systems ability of breaking food particles, absorption of nutrients, water and salt and smooth elimination of fecal wastes. The end result of a successful colon cleansing is more energy and vigor.

    Colon cleansing improves your digestion. The process of digesting food particles combines a mechanical and chemical process of transforming food into molecular level to be absorbed by the body. During the colon cleansing, the supplements stimulate and tones the natural body secretions and functions of the stomach, pancreas, liver, intestines and also the colon so that digestion will be smooth.

    Whenever there is good digestion, absorption of nutrients will also be smooth. Absorption of nutrients occur when food molecules are transformed into small pieces to pass through the intestinal linings to the blood and lymph nodes. Cleaning the digestive system of toxins and other impurities will provide a clean pathway for easy absorption.

    When digestion and absorption is accomplished, the remaining undigested food particles and by-products of digestion will be eliminated by the body through bowel movements. Without a regular bowel movement, a person can experience uncomfortable instances such as constipation.

    Elimination of fecal wastes is very important to avoid autointoxication or poisoning. Colon cleansing not only takes out all these fecal wastes, but it also maintains the regularity of bowel movements.

    Colon cleansing also strengthen our bodys defenses against certain diseases. The inner intestinal lining is ten times the surface of our skin. Thus, our body concentrates a certain amount of immunity to defend harmful invasion from foreign bodies.

    However, if your digestive system is not functioning properly, your body will be exposed to these invaders until it penetrates the blood stream and the lymph nodes. This invasion can drain the bodys energy and can also lead to allergies and immunity disorders. Colon cleansing helps restore defenses of the digestive system especially the intestinal lining.

    Without a daily bowel movement, your undigested particles can poison your body. This can result into an excessive amount of toxins which can be absorbed by the body affecting your mental and emotional health. Colon cleansing does not only help in regular elimination but it can also reduce these toxins by removing old wastes that were accumulated in the body.

    Other benefits of colon cleansing are:

    1. Reduction of cravings and food dependency
    2. Reduce body odor and bad breath
    3. Reduce gas and flatulence
    4. Reduce whitening of the tongue
    5. Increase of good looks
    6. Clearer complexion


    How someone takes laxatives, and how often they take them, will vary depending on the form they come in.

    Therefore, it is important to carefully read the instructions before taking laxatives. Anyone with concerns should always ask a pharmacist or healthcare professional.

    • Drink plenty of fluids &ndash laxatives can cause dehydration it is important to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
    • Avoid taking too much &ndash taking too many laxatives can lead to diarrhea and blockages in the bowels.

    Laxatives should only be taken occasionally and for short periods of time. People with Crohn&rsquos disease or ulcerative colitis should not take laxatives, unless specifically told to by their doctor.


    There are some natural alternatives to laxatives and lifestyle changes that can help alleviate constipation: