Digestive Health Concerns: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), stomach ailments, colon, intestines, liver, gall bladder, esophagus, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, fatty liver, gastritis, kidney disease, cancer.
The digestive system is a large complex system with numerous sub-systems.
Every food and beverage taken into the body travels thru many sub-systems to digest, filter, and transport nutrients to every part of our body. What a task to absorb so many different forms of food and beverage and break them down for our hard working body to accept for better or for worse.
More than 27 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes and that is just the beginning. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the USA with 83,564 dying last year according to the CDC. Just think, add all the people with liver issues (4.5 million cases and 41,743 deaths), hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease (50,633), colon/rectal cancer (147,950 new cases and 53,200 deaths per year), ulcers (14.8 million alone), and diabetes onto the long list of problems when the digestive track is compromised. The suffering and discomfort we have from irritation, bloating, inflammation, pain, cancer, and many, many, more conditions that prevent us from having a comfortable quality of lifestyle especially in our later years.
Take care of your stomach and it will take care of the rest of you! You really are what you eat!
Important Nutrients – Vitamin C, quercetin, selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, zinc, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, iron, Maitake, shitake, reishi, pycnogenol, garlic
Food Sources – yogurt, egg, aloe vera, glutamine, alfalfa, steel cut oats, blueberries, fish, lean beef, grapefruit, broccoli, spinach, apples, kombucha, papaya, beets, ginger, salmon, leafy green vegetables, water.
Herb Sources – milk thistle, aloe (see the glossary), ginger, cinnamon, peppermint, turmeric
Avoid – fried foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits, artificial sugar, too much fiber, fructose, beans, cabbage
Popular Supplements for Digestive System Health:
Probiotics – Helps balance the good vs. bad bacteria in the stomach.
• Vitacost, Probiotic 15-35, 120 capsules, 2/day
Glutamine – supports and repairs the lining of the intestinal walls to allow for better nutrient absorption.
• NOW, L-Glutamine, 500mg, 120 capsules, 1-3/day
Milk Thistle – revitalizes the liver to support the processing of fatty bile.
• Synergy, Milk Thistle Extract, 600mg, 200 capsules, 1-2/day
Aloe vera – soothes the digestive track and eases digestion. Aloe Vera with herbs formula is a power house of aloe and numerous herbs to soothe the intestinal tract and settle upset stomachs – neutralizes acidity.
• Lily of the Desert, Aloe Vera 80®, 32 Fl. Oz, 1 Oz Daily
• Lily of the Desert, Stomach Formula, 32 Fl. Oz, taken as needed
Powerful amino acids.
• Now Foods, Glutathione, 500mg, 30 capsules, 1/day
Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s). Excessive consumption can result in complications. If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.
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