Digestion is the Gateway

Before beginning any weight loss or supplement program it is a good idea to make sure your digestive system is working well.

Natural Approaches to Digestive Health
Adapted from Lagoni  Health Associates

The Digestive system is critically important to the body… It is the gateway for all nutrients to reach the blood stream and eventually the cells  to provide energy, immunity and life.

Digestive disorders are becoming increasingly common among our population.

  • Upper digestive distress, such as acid reflux, GERD, indigestion, heart burn, now affect 116 million Americans.
  • Lower digestive difficulties of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (colitis, diverticulosis,  irregularity, etc affects 45 million.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis ) affects another 1.5 million.

Medications for these conditions typically treat symptoms but rarely address the cause, which , as you might expect, lie primarily with our standard American diets, which are now laden with  sugar, wheat & baked goods, refined carbohydrates, fat, salty, and snacks, pasta and soft drinks. Furthermore, all medications have side effects.  As a result , we have overwhelmed our digestive systems with gluten and genetically modified grains and have stressed our immune systems and vital organs with constant insulin surges.

The following are supplements that have been found to be helpful for reducing symptoms and healing the digestive system as we begin to make healthier choices in our diet.

For Upper Digestive Conditions .. Acid Reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion 

EZGest— comprehensive digestive enzymes essential to break down our food. The pancreas is supposed to produce enzymes, but often gets over-worked from our high carbohydrate diets or from candida  yeast overgrowth.

Stomach Soothing Complex—Peppermint and ginger have a calming effect on the stomach. The tablets can be swallowed or dropped into a mug of warm water and made into a soothing tea.

Premium Alfalfa Complex—chlorophyll, trace minerals and natural enzymes may be the reason people find alfalfa helpful to take with meals. It also is a natural deodorizer eliminating bad breath and body odor.

Chewable Calcium Complex—can neutralize stomach acids. However, in many, if not most, cases of heart burn the problem is too LITTLE acid. Acid production can decline with age, in which case, taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar may be helpful until acid production is restored. ( B Complex and Vita Lea may help ).

Optiflora Probiotic System – The single most important product for a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are essential friendly bacteria that live in our digestive tract.  Optiflora is the first probiotic in the market that guarantees 98%-100% LIVE delivery of the good bacteria to the gut by providing  3 seamless layers  that encapsulate the fragile probiotics .

  • Seamless outer shell protects microflora against stomach acid
  • Middle layer protects against oxygen and moisture
  • Inner core holds and protects microflora until they are released in the intestine.

Optiflora helps to :

  • Limit the growth of  Candida & other harmful microbes
  • Increase immune function in the intestines
  • Synthesize B vitamins, Vitamin A( eyes and skin) and K (blood clotting and bone formation)
  •  Facilitates digestion by breaking down lactose in dairy products, creating lactic acid. (Lactic acid prevents overgrowth of harmful bacteria.)
  • Regulate bowel movements and help prevent travelers diarrhea

For Lower Intestinal Conditions – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome

In addition to Optiflora…

OmegaGuard –Omega  3 fatty acid, a natural anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation in the intestines

Recommended Diet – The worst foods for the digestive system and the body are sugar and refined carbohydrates (baked goods, salty chips and crackers, etc ) .. The best are vegetables, fresh or lightly steamed… recommended at 6 to 9 /day.

Side Effects of Medications

Acid blocking meds, Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc can cause constipation; diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain .. even heart burn.

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bone pain; chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes.

Steroid Medications—( prednisone, cortisone, asthma inhalers, etc) given to reduce inflammation, but they also suppress immune system)

Side effects

  • Elevated pressure in the eyes (glaucoma)
  • Fluid retention, causing swelling in your lower legs
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain, with fat deposits in your abdomen, face and the back of your neck

When taking oral corticosteroids longer term, you may experience:

  • Cataracts
  • High blood sugar, which can trigger or worsen diabetes
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Loss of calcium from bones, which can lead to osteoporosis and fractures
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Suppressed adrenal gland hormone production
  • Thin skin, easy bruising and slower wound healing

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