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A healthy digestive tract - clean & alive

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"Death sits in the bowel - bad digestion is the root of all evil" said Hippocrates around 400BC and he got it right. 

So many of the illnesses we get today are due to a bad digestive system brought about by bad eating habits. Traditional medicine practitioners have known this for years in fact it is the cornerstone of herbal medicine and naturopathy.

Solving issues in the digestive system is possible but make take a couple of months to fully resolve. This is done by getting a good regular bowel function and establishing good healthy bowel flora. (Bowel flora is the population of thousands of different microorganisms that coexist within the bowel).

 

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Our Herbal Detox program contains almost all of these herbs above and provides your digestive system with a complete cleanse, balance and restoration process. It is simply one the best things you could ever do for your intestinal balance and general health.

I highly recommend completing a herbal detox program once or twice a year to maintain a healthy digestive system.  

 

Digestive Tract - What is it?

It starts at the mouth, through the esophagus into the stomach, small intestine (ducts from the pancreas and gallbladder) then into the large intestine or colon.

Digestive system

 

Probiotics - The thousands of microorganisms that live in healthy intestines

Billions of microorganisms live in in our digestive systems - they live in an antagonistic/competitive way fighting against one another constantly. Most of these organisms have a win-win relationship with us. The digestive system makes a nice warm environment for them as well as feeding them. In turn, we get benefits such as:

  • Improved bowel motility - the ability to move spontaneously and actively, consuming energy in the process
  • Give nutrients - such as folate (needed for healthy cell reproduction), vitamin K for blood clotting, B12 which helps make DNA and red blood cells, biotin for cell growth and fatty acids which help maintain healthy cells in the bowel wall.
  • Develop and maintain a healthy immune system and bowel wall. 
  • Produce chemicals that hinder the growth of other types of bacteria.
  • Breakdown the complex carbohydrates that our digestive systems can't digest - such as cellulose and starches
  • Facilitate the breakdown of cancer developing carcinogenic substances that enter the bowel (1)

These microorganisms mainly come from the baby coming in contact with intestinal flora and the mother's vagina. Unfortunately this does not occur in a Caesarean section and can make a big impact on the type of organisms that settle in the intestine in the babies early life. This may have an affect on the immune system - (2)       

 

Gut Dysbiosis - What is it?

It refers to the microbial imbalance on or inside the body. The most common form reported is in the gut - a number of diseases can be associated to it and they include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal cancers (particularly breast cancer)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Bacterial  Vaginosis

 

What are the symptoms of Gut Dysbiosis?

  • Bloating, belching and flatulence
  • Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal pain or discomfort

 

How can you treat Gut Dysbiosis?

None of the microbial species that are normally in our gut are bad overall. Some yeasts and bacteria can get our guts back in shape. Prebiotics are the answer. Quite simply they are indigestible food ingredients that stimulate the maintenance and development of good gut microorganisms.

Just in case you didn't know - Probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut whilst prebiotics act as a fertiliser for the good bacteria that is already there. These agents have great potential to improve or maintain a balanced intestinal microflora to enhance gut health and general well-being. (3) 

Prebiotic fiber can be soluble or insoluble and can be found in lots of fruits and vegetables. 

Insoluble Fiber - It goes into our bodies and pretty much comes out the same! It doesn't dissolve water and goes through us pretty much in tact. It provides bulk and stimulates the bowel wall to move. You can find these fibers in vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains and the skins on apples.

Soluble Fiber - It turns to a gel by taking in water. It slows down digestion and the uptake of nutrients. Through this process soluble fiber stops a rapid increase in blood sugar levels and they make us feel full. Some examples of soluble fiber include linseeds, slippery elm, psyllium hulls, chia seeds, lentils, strawberries, beans, nuts, cucumbers, celery and carrots.  

Psyllium is classified as a mucilaginous fiber due to its powerful ability to form a gel in water. This bulking fiber acts as a sponge, absorbing water and waste material in the bowels. Psyllium husks significantly increase the level of stool moisture and both wet/ dry stool weight, this is why it has such great effect at relieving constipation and improving bowel health.              

 

Digestive Enzymes

Papaya and pineapple are two of the richest plant sources, as attested by their traditional use as natural "tenderizers" for meat. Papain and bromelain are the respective names for the protein digesting enzymes found in these fruits and these are included in the Herbal DETOX and DETOX ‘n SLIM products to assist in the digestive process. 
 

Organic Food

A study, called the largest of its kind, has found that organic foods have more nutrition than conventional foods, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. (4) Eating a wide variety of foods, especially whole foods that are unprocessed, organic or as minimally processed as possible. Eat more washed and raw fruits and vegetables. Raw organic foods contain lots of bacteria and fiber to feed and nurture the natural gut bacteria. These bacteria are also Prebiotics along with fiber as we discussed above. 
 

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Herbal Detox

Our Herbal Detox program contains almost all of these herbs above and provides your digestive system with a complete cleanse, balance and restoration process. It is simply one the best things you could ever do for your intestinal balance and general health.

Benefits of doing a Herbal Detox


I highly recommend completing a herbal detox program once or twice a year to maintain a healthy digestive system.     

Remember "You are what you eat" or even more accurate "You are what you absorb"


Brett Elliott ®

 

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References

(1) Berg, R.D: (1196) The indigenous gastrointestinal microflora. Trends Microbiol. 4:4.30-435. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8950812

​(2) Biasucci, G: Benenati, B: Morelli, L: Bessi, E: Boehm, G: (2008). Cesarean Delivery May Affect the Early Biodiversity of Intestinal Bacteria.  

(3) Journal of Nutrition, Prebiotics: The Concept Revisited http://jn.nutrition.org/content/137/3/830S.long http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18716189

(4) BizJournal Organic or conventional? New study sides with organic, all the way. 

 

 


   

 

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