Transit: test alternative medicines!

A fiber-reinforced diet, exercise and reconciliation with body rhythms help fight constipation day-to-day. But natural medicines can also play a key role in our intestinal well-being. Probiotics, phytotherapy, homeopathy ... How to use.

Christine Baudry


Micronutrition is a recent medical approach that aims to provide cells with the micronutrients (fatty acids, vitamins, trace elements, amino acids, etc.) that they specifically need. For the intestine, we use magnesium and glutamine. "The intestinal flora has 100 000 billion bacteria that help digest food, strengthen the immune system.When it is disrupted by diarrhea, constipation it is possible to rebalance it with prebiotics and probiotics, "explains Dr. Jacqueline Warnet, a gastroenterologist and micronutrient specialist.

Prebiotics are non-digestible molecules that pass through the intestines where they provide support (substrate) and adequate food for the bacterial flora. In other words, the fibers that are the basis of any program to fight constipation. Beyond the recommended 5 grams of fiber each day, the micronutritionist, in a qualitative approach, advises to favor inulin and fructo oligo saccharides (FOS). Artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and asparagus naturally contain them.

Probiotics are the "friendly" bacteria of the intestinal flora. They counteract the proliferation of pathogens and help to synthesize certain vitamins (B and K). "Probiotics are naturally present in sauerkraut or fermented milk, much more so than in yogurt," says Dr. Warnet. you have to strengthen the defenses of the intestinal flora, it is better to use dietary supplements.In between a yogurt, even rich in active ferments, and a probiotic complement, the difference in the contribution of bacteria is the ratio of one thousand to one billion. The probiotics of quality, in accordance with the health recommendations are offered in pharmacies, parapharmacies, health food shops ... Better to be advised by a specialist beforehand, because the food supplement must suit each according to its own needs and its immune field.

Herbal medicine

For the hepatic component, Dr. Warnet recommends artichoke and pilosella in case of constipation with loose stools and artichoke and dandelion in case of hard stools.Black radish can be added to stimulate the gall bladder. These herbs are to be taken in standardized extracts, issued on the order of a phytotherapist.


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