About Digestive Health
Studies continue to prove that proper digestive function is a prerequisite for overall good health, especially since it is associated with the immune system. It is purported that about 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract. Since our digestive system is essentially the gateway to the rest of the body, it is critical to maintain it to achieve optimal health. The health of your digestive system has a lot to do with your lifestyle - the food you eat, what happens to it before it reaches the large intestine, whether you have the appropriate balance of bacteria in your large intestine, and the amount of exercise you get, your level of stress etc. Another factor: aging tends to diminish our digestive enzymes and population of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Digestive problems are among the most common reasons people see their doctors and also, a leading reason people take medication. According to American College of Gastroenterology, more than 95 million Americans experience some kind of digestive problem, such as upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and so on. More than 10 million people are hospitalized each year for care of gastrointestinal problems and the total health care costs exceed $40 billion annually. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) stated that digestive diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers, affect 60 to 70 million people in the U.S. For more digestive health statistics, click here..
A healthy digestive system is critical to our overall health. Some of the practical and natural ways to promote a well-functioning healthy digestive system are: 1) facilitating efficient movement of food through the system, 2) ensuring adequate break down of food to simpler compounds by digestive enzymes, and 3) replenishing and maintaining naturally-occurring beneficial bacteria.
We offer digestive health products (digestive aids and digestive enzymes) that target the abovementioned three areas, thus provide solutions that support healthy digestion and help eliminate waste and harmful toxins. These products are categorized as:
- Digestive Aids: Probiotics and Fiber
- Probiotics: Probiotics, also known as "beneficial bacteria" (e.g., lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) are used in many parts of the world to help reinforce our normal gut microflora, support healthy digestion, provide immune support, and maintain optimal health and wellness. Beneficial bacteria are considered our first line of defense as they help to strengthen the immune system naturally. Note! Probiotics are found in yogurt and other cultured milk foods and available as supplements in form of capsules, tablets, or powder.
- Fiber: Plant foods are excellent sources of fiber, a nutrient that is especially important in digestion. Fiber comes in two forms - soluble and insoluble. Experts recommend eating a well-balanced high fiber diet. Unfortunately, Americans typically consume 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day, even though experts recommend 20 to 35 grams daily. Thus the need for fiber supplements such as oat bran (which increases the bulk of stool and softens stool) or glucomannan (which absorbs and binds components within the bowel movement). Some fiber-like natural substances known as prebiotics (e.g., inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides) serve as fuel for naturally occurring beneficial bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics are sometimes combined in a supplement for adequate reinforcement of beneficial bacterial.
- Digestive Enzymes: Supplementary digestive enzymes may be necessary due to lifestyle habits, illness, or age that impedes adequate enzyme secretion in the gastrointestinal tract. Digestive enzyme supplements may be single-function enzymes such as lactase that provide relief for lactose-intolerant individuals so that they can enjoy dairy products without digestive problems. Some are multiple enzyme supplements consisting of lipases, proteases, and carbohydrases for the break down of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, respectively.