Originally published October 8 2011
Lady finger herb provides colon health
by Lenette Nakauchi
(NaturalNews) The colon is a highly important organ in the body, as it plays a major role in the successful functioning of the gastrointestinal system. When the colon is damaged or does not function properly, the body is susceptible to many different health risks. Damage to the mucous membranes of the colon and the rest of the digestive tract can cause the entire gastrointestinal system to slow down and function at a reduced level of efficiency. To naturally heal the colon and the mucous membranes of the digestive system, many people turn to Lady Finger -- more commonly known as okra or Chinese okra and also called gumbo, bhindi, bindi, or bamia. Not only is nutrient-rich okra a delicious vegetable that can be prepared in many ways, but it also provides a multitude of benefits for your body and, in particular, your colon.
Lady Finger is a wonderful source of important vitamins such as vitamins C, A, E, K, and B complex, as well as iron, calcium, potassium, sodium, copper, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, and phyto-nutrients. A fat-free food that is also low in calories and high in dietary fiber, okra is a vegetable that originally hails from Africa and is now grown all over the world. Harvested from a flowering plant, Lady Finger earned its curious name because the edible part of the plant is long and tapered, much like the fingers of an elegant lady.
Okra provides numerous health benefits, including the reduced risk of obesity, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and even colon cancer, thanks to its high amounts of dietary fiber. Additionally, Lady Finger provides chlorophyll, which is an antioxidant and can protect against cancer. The vitamin A in the vegetable provides healthy, clear, glowing skin, and the flavonoids protect against lung cancer and cavities in the teeth. Additionally, the vitamin C that Lady Finger carries can decrease the amount of free radicals in the body, thus reducing the amount of time that the body takes to heal from several different diseases. Last but not least, the vitamin K in okra helps blood clot and strengthens the bones throughout the body.
Though this list of health benefits provided by Lady Finger is quite long, what does it do for the colon specifically? Well, the dietary fiber okra releases into the body is able to effectively clean out the gastrointestinal system, which can easily become clogged with fats, carbohydrates, cholesterol, toxins, bacteria, and other harmful substances. By cleaning out the intestinal tract, Lady Finger is able to improve colon health by allowing the organ to work at a higher rate of efficiency. Should the colon be damaged: this also allows it to heal without the added danger of excess toxins, fats, and other potentially harmful substances infecting or further damaging the organ.
Adding to the value of okra as a colon-healthy food is the fact that it contains vitamin A, which contributes to healthy mucous membranes. Without the proper mucous membranes in place, the digestive tract can stall, as the movement of waste throughout the intestines can become difficult. By increasing vitamin A consumption, individuals that eat Lady Finger are capable of healing and maintaining mucous membranes in the digestive system.
Lady Finger has been shown to increase the health of the colon and the mucous membranes of the body - allowing those that consume okra to enjoy a higher level of colon and mucous membrane health. As a natural healing aid, Lady Finger is safe and effective for anyone looking for a way to boost their colon health.
About the authorLenette Nakauchi is a vibration exercise and detox expert who is passionate about demonstrating to others how to get lean and fit in a fun, healthy, sustainable way. Learn more about vibration exercise and how it's used for fitness, therapy, and weight loss at http://www.thenoblerexk1.com. Learn more about her detox and cleansing product at http://www.3daycleanse.com.
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