Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)
Slippery Elm is an herb that can help rebalance an over-extended or inflamed GI system. Because Slippery elm contains mucilage, it becomes like a slick gel when mixed with water and taken internally. This gel coats and soothes the stomach and intestines, as well as reduces inflammation because of its antioxidant effects. Slippery elm also stimulates the GI system to secrete more mucus, which protects the gastrointestinal tract. It is important to not use Slippery Elm for long periods of time without consulting your Doctor. Because of its ability to coat the lining of the intestines, it could decrease your ability to absorb essential nutrients. It is not indicated for long-term use.
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