Digestive Health Support

Indigestion

Support for indigestion, thankfully, is usually straightforward.  Many people experience improvement with the addition of a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement.  One or two taken at the      beginning of a meal helps food be processed and exit the stomach more quickly.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is another common gastrointestinal complaint.  Common symptoms include abdominal pain, bloated feelings, diarrhea and/or constipation.  People with IBS often have these symptoms     chronically.  The cause of IBS is not completely understood, though increased inflammation has been found to occur at the same time.  Inflammation is activation of the immune system, which not only amplifies the pain signals going from your gut to your brain, but can also play a major role in the physical dysfunction of the intestines.  Inflammation interferes with the nerves and muscles in the intestines, altering normal movement.

These are the things that help maintain normal intestinal health and function:

Fish Oil:

Your body cannot reduce its own inflammation or repair and maintain the GI tract  without the omega-3 fats found in fish oil.

  • Probiotics:

    These are good bacteria normally found in our gut.  They can guard the body against both diarrhea and constipation by down-regulating inflammation and promoting a normal rate of movement in the intestines.  Antibiotics kill off probiotics that will need to be replaced.

  • Magnesium Taurate:

    This is a special type of magnesium that can support normal nerve and muscle function in the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Vitamin D:

    Vitamin D is broadly involved in immune activity and inflammation and should be generously supplied in cases of chronic intestinal problems.

  • Insoluble Fiber:

    This type of fiber helps move food through the GI tract in a normal manner.  We encourage increased fibrous vegetables and pure cellulose if a supplement is needed.

Permeability

Intestinal permeability, in which the barrier in the intestine is compromised, can be associated with IBS and promotes inflammation.

  • Zinc-Carnosine:

    In studies, this complex promotes healing along the entire length of the GI tract, and specifically inhibits intestinal permeability.

  • Perm-A-Vite by Nutricology:

    Contains specific nutrients designed to support normal permeability, repair and soothe the GI tract and help reduce inflammation.

Be vigilant about the possibility of food intolerances.  Consider an elimination diet to determine whether you have them or not.

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