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    Many health problems originate in our gut. How much time do we give to chewing our food properly let alone prepare healthy food in this rushed world we live in? A healthy digestive system is a multi-faceted process; one important part being getting the nutrients from our food to supply our cells needs and another part is elimination.

    The GI tract is the largest part of the immune system because it deals with eliminating toxins and filters fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. The GI tract is sometimes referred to as the ‘second brain’.

    Having optimal health means living pain free and not having to suffer with digestive issues like constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, coughing, phlegm, reflux or bloating.

    From a supplement point of view there are three things that aid the digestion of our food and support the health of our GI tract.

    1. Liver support

    It is so important to keep our livers healthy for without them, we die. Our liver is part of the detoxification process and is vital to keeping our bodies clear of the toxins we accumulate from our food and environment. Milk-thistle is a key ingredient in liver health and works as an antioxidant. Green-tea extract, turmeric and broccoli extract provide further antioxidant protection.

    2. Healthy gut flora

    Probiotics are millions of viable good bacteria that help to maintain healthy gut flora, they have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach and to reach the intestine alive.

    Probiotics Promote Balance: Your gut is host to both beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. When balanced properly, these bacteria, also known as microflora, aid healthy digestion. Stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet and hydration, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions, however, may endanger the fine balance of the intestinal flora. This imbalance can result in the reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to digestive concerns that may not only be physically uncomfortable but also possibly harmful to your health.

    Not all probiotics are of sufficient quantity of high-quality bacteria strains to survive stomach acidity and enter the intestinal tract alive to be effective. Look out for strains of probiotic bacteria that have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach, and promote a natural balance of beneficial microflora in the gut.

    3. Bowel health
    Prebiotics are made up of multiple sources of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre including Psyllium and Inulin which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

    Prebiotics promote good digestive health, and aids in normal bowel regularity, which helps move wastes and toxins out of the colon. Undigested food material and metabolic waste build up in the body due to slow elimination, which may contribute to other health problems.

    Psyllium is a rich source of soluble fibre, and a bulking agent. It has been widely used to promote bowel movement.

    Inulin is a special type of indigestible fibre that serves as a fertilizer to healthy bacteria in the digestive system, which in turn assists in the absorption of nutrients and the breakdown of foods. If undigested food material and metabolic waste build up due to slow elimination, it may contribute to other health problems.

    How much fibre do we need to consume?
    According to the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health)…
    • adult women should eat at least 25 grams of fibre daily
    • men should eat at least 30 grams
    • pregnant women over the age of 18 should consume 28 grams of fibre every day
    • New mothers need 27-30 grams each day.

    We still need to consciously eat a healthy diet and to eliminate sugary drinks to avoid putting toxic stress on our body’s cells. By ensuring that our digestive system is in healthy working order, we can then utilize all the nutrients from the food we eat, as well as feel comfortable in the downstairs department. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help choosing products to support a healthy digestive system.

    Please note: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and mimic those of many other more common conditions, including digestive and bladder disorders. A woman with ovarian cancer may be diagnosed with another condition before finally learning she has cancer. Common misdiagnoses include irritable bowel syndrome, stress and depression. Read more…

    The digestive process is described in great detail in Suzanne Somers’ book ‘Breakthrough’ Step 4 “Create a Healthy GI tract”. According to Ms Somers, some of the diseases that start in the gut are arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Macular Degeneration.
    Get your copy of “Breakthrough” now from Amazon.com

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2 Responses to “How to support a healthy digestive system”

  1. Hello Helen,
    You have a great post about healthy digestive system. Having a healthy digestive system is really one of the things that we should focus on. There are many foods that we can eat to ensure better health. Some of these are fruits and vegetables, yogurt for probiotics, and also kefir. Eating raw foods are also recommended to ensure proper digestion. We need enzymes to breakdown our foods. Thanks for sharing this post. I found it very helpful.

  2. Thank you Pat for your advice. A healthy digestive system is critical to our long-term good health. If it’s not working properly, then nothing else we do will make an impact.

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