Our digestive system is absolutely integral to the overall state of our health. Poor digestion is one of the main offenders of a dysfunctional immune system and weakened health. Below, we have outlined 4 key areas to help get your digestive system thriving.
The gut is swimming with about 100 trillion bacteria or flora, often considered “good” or “bad.” These bacteria and their compounds can impact one’s health either positively or negatively. Too much “bad” flora will produce unhealthy metabolites, thereby causing gas, discomfort, bloating and inflammation.
Probiotics are species of health-promoting bacteria that we require for proper digestion of food, and immune defense against illness promoting bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Probiotics, which are also known as “intestinal microflora,” are “good bacteria” that live in our gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.
The problem is since we now consume one-millionth of the healthy probiotic bacteria that we did before pesticides, herbicides, and industrial farming, our bodies generally don`t have adequate levels of probiotics. Furthermore, much of our healthy bacteria are destroyed by eating sugars, grains, and by consuming alcohol, antibiotics, and other prescription drugs.
The only way to consume adequate amounts of probiotic healthy bacteria is through daily supplementation.
Proven health benefits of probiotics include:
• Reduction of bloating and constipation
• Improved immunity & prevent illness
• Fighting colds and flu
• Lowering cholesterol
• Preventing diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by antibiotics
2) Digestive Enzyme and Prebiotic Supplementation
Clinical research has revealed that many individuals produce insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help to completely break down protein, carbohydrates, fat, and other nutrients to their most basic form.
Negative impacts of Digestive Enzyme Insufficiency:
• Results in bloating, indigestion, other digestive issues as well as inflammatory conditions
• Upsets irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, lactose intolerances, and food allergy sensitivities
• Partially digested food entering the bloodstream can trigger immune inflammatory reactions, thereby exacerbating conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and arthritis
A high potency, full spectrum digestive enzyme (from non-animal sources) is recommended to those prone to any of the above conditions or symptoms to support optimal digestive function and reduce partially digested food from entering the bloodstream and large bowel.
3) Omega- 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Ranked among the most important essential nutrients out there today, Omega 3 Fatty Acids are fats that are found naturally in the oils of marine and plant life.
Healthy fats help you feel full, help burn fat, improve immune function, reduce inflammation and help with infant brain development.
For digestion, Omega 3 EFAs provides the lubrication to keep food moving smoothly and efficiently through the intestines, thereby promoting regular, healthy bowel movements. They also nourish the cells in the intestinal lining, helping to strengthen the intestinal lining and prevent harmful toxins from entering the bloodstream. Through the production anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, EFAs also help in reducing inflammation, one of the root causes of irritable bowel conditions.
Our bodies do not naturally produce EFAs, so we must rely on our diet and supplementation for adequate intake.
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