Triphala: Supports Balance And Healthy Elimination

  • Triphala: Supports Balance And Healthy Elimination

Triphala: Supports Balance And Healthy Elimination


Stress, a frequent problem for sensitive people, can result in constipation. Triphala is a well researched herb that supports elimination stability and function. 

What Is Triphala?

According to the Lifespa website, "Triphala (sometimes spelled Trifala) is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that tones and supports the normal function of the bowels. This formula has three fruits that support the eliminative process: Amalaki is a fruit that supports a healthy intestinal system. Bibhitaki supports the natural balance of intestinal mucus. Haritaki supports the natural strength and function of the intestinal muscles. Our formula is a proven proprietary blend formulated by Dr. John Douillard D.C., C.A.P. based on over 30 years of clinical experience and thousands of years of Ayurvedic tradition.

The Science 

A recent study surveyed 1,064,004 men and women and found that 26% of them reported occasional constipation. (1) Few people realize that, beyond discomfort, occasional constipation is also linked to poor immunity, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies.

What Is the Cause of Poor Digestion?

There are more stress receptors in the gut than there are in the brain. Ninety-five percent of the serotonin in the body is manufactured and stored in the gut. (7) Other stress receptors like dopamine and norepinephrine (adrenaline) are abundant in the gut, making the gut the first responder for stress. (8) In fact, the gut has its very own nervous system called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), which is totally independent of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Many of us can relate to feeling stress, nervousness, and butterflies in the gut. The gut is where we first learn to suck it up as kids, to stuff our emotions in order to deal with adversity and emotional trauma and cope with an unfriendly world.

In Ayurveda, the gut is considered to be the seat of the nervous system. Stress will cause poor digestion long before symptoms of fatigue, mood, and other more obvious symptoms are experienced. Stress impacts the gut wall by compromising blood supply and lymph drainage to the intestinal tract, which dries out the mucus membranes and often results in occasional constipation. Years of stress and elimination issues can cause the intestinal mucosa to produce reactive mucus as an attempt to soften the stool and improve elimination. Many laxatives mimic this effect, but not without side effects.

Do Natural Laxatives Work?

In one meta-analysis of over 250 studies, laxative therapies showed no noticeable difference compared to the placebo when measuring long term bowel frequency. In other words, while laxatives of all kinds are prescribed and used as over-the-counter support, little if any evidence exists to confirm their long term effectiveness. (2,3) While they often yield the desired effect at first, over time the body can become tolerant to them and they can stop working.

Are Laxatives Dangerous?

Laxatives typically speed up transit time, which is the time that it takes for food to be eaten and then eliminated. This increases risk of mineral deficiencies due to a phenomenon called “intestinal hurry”, whereby the food moves too quickly through the gut to be properly absorbed. (4) Long term laxative users can have somewhat regular bowel movements, but may become run down and tired due to various mineral and nutritional deficiencies."

For More Information

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