Slippery elm, also known as red elm has long been used as a natural remedy for many different ailments. It is native to the Eastern United States and widely cultivated to harvest its bark. Its unique properties make it a safe, natural relief for many things. Although slippery elm has different healing properties, it's most active ingredient is the mucilage. This is a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. This mucilage coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, bringing relief to many gastral complaints. Slippery elm has other healing properties, making it a popular ingredient in homeopathic compounds.
Slippery elm improves the symptoms of constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and general bowel complaints. The mucilage in slippery elm coats the stomach and gut with a thick substance, soothing irritation from IBS and providing extra help to move things along to relieve constipation. Slippery elm also has plenty of fibrous tissue, which is good for relieving constipation but also helps to firm up loose stools or diarrhea. It's also used to treat diverticulitis. While it's important to balance fiber in your diet, slippery elm can help keep your gut flowing smoothly.
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