Understanding Your ConditionTrust your gut. The primary role of the small intestines is to break down and absorb fats, carbohydrates and minerals, and a mucous blockage will interfere with this process. So, if you're feeling tired all the time, bloated and gassy after meals, experiencing constipation, or seeing more mucous in your stool than usual, then it's time to plan a strategy to improve your digestive health.
Recognize that bacterial overgrowth and inflammation often accompany mucous blockages in the small intestines since undigested food particles end up fermenting instead of being broken down for nutrient absorption. Therefore, counterattacking this invasion is part of your natural approach toward correcting your condition.
Natural TreatmentsStick to a diet that is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. This means stepping up your intake of raw vegetables, whole grains, fresh fruits and legumes.
Reduce or eliminate your intake of arachidonic acid. Also known as omega-6, this essential fatty acid is found exclusively in animal protein and contributes to inflammation. If you simply can't live without meat or dairy products, then consider supplementing with omega-3 (EPA) to inhibit the inflammatory activity of arachidonic acid, as well as other proinflammatory agents, such as leukotrienes.
Bring calm to your digestive system by supplementing with peppermint oil capsules. Canadian researchers have found that menthol, the active constituent of peppermint, is a natural antispasmodic that relaxes smooth intestinal muscle and relieves bowel spasms.
Preserve a healthy balance of intestinal flora with probiotics. Probiotics are dietary supplements that help to promote the production of digestive enzymes, such as lactase. They also encourage the survival of "healthy" bacteria in the gut as opposed to harmful bacteria. Studies conducted at the National University of Ireland have shown that the introduction of Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 and Lactobacillus salivarius reduce inflammatory responses in immune cells of the intestinal lining.