TCM Flashcard: Ways to nourish the Small Intestine: The Small Intestine (SI) is about 22 feet long and connects our stomach to our large intestine - from a Chinese Medicine perspective, it is responsible for separating pure from impure. Through this process of “sorting” the Small Intestine imparts clarity.
A healthy Small Intestine can assimilate nutrients from food and drink efficiently and able to process and digest thoughts and concepts with clarity. So how do we keep our Small Intestines nourished?
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a current modern malady that is a result of bacteria collecting in the SI where it doesn’t belong. This can be due to ongoing stress, intestinal dysbiosis, food poisoning, leaky gut, overexposure to antibiotics and chronically eating too frequently.
One way we can help our Small Intestine is by allowing our digestive system a period of 3 - 5 hours minimum of rest between meals. Our Small intestines rely on the system called the Migrating Motor Complex to sweep the intestines moving any leftover enzymes, and bacteria, etc. out between meals. If unable to do this regularly bacteria will build in the Small Intestine leading to a host of problems.
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