The Good Gut Guide

Our stomach often takes the brunt of stressful living habits: eating on the run, poor nutrition and holding in emotions that can make it difficult for the gut to do its job of processing foods and absorbing nutrients.

While Hippocrates understood that “all disease starts in the gut”, it’s also becoming evident that the saying, “you are what you eat” could not be more true.

Our gastrointestinal system is vital to our overall health. When this isn’t functioning optimally, it can lead to poor health and general feelings of malaise. Our skin, appearance, energy and vitality are a reflection of our inner digestive system.

Signs and symptoms of poor digestion and bowel health can be wide and varied. Some may include fatigue, skin blemishes, indigestion, wind, bloating, spasms, abdominal discomfort, constipation, loose motions, or even a combination of constipation alternating with loose stools.

Our gastrointestinal system is vital to our overall health. When this isn’t functioning optimally, it can lead to poor health and general feelings of malaise. Our skin, appearance, energy and vitality are a reflection of our inner digestive system.

Many health conditions can be traced to intestinal problems and more than a third of the population regularly suffers from digestive upsets. While optimal digestion is important, efficient elimination is equally vital.

One of the most common digestive complaints is constipation. The main factors are lack of dietary fibre and adequate fluid intake, followed closely with overall poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. Over time, this can lead to other symptoms.

Having a sluggish bowel means fecal matter is in the bowel for longer than necessary; this extra time can lead to excess fermentation, which in turn creates bloating and wind. Toxins that should have passed with the stool may circulate through the body again—this puts extra strain on the cleansing organs (predominantly the liver), and compromise the ability to do their jobs effectively.

A poorly functioning liver can contribute to poor digestion, weight gain or increased difficulty to lose weight, feelings of sluggishness, lethargy and general malaise. An under functioning liver can also show outwardly as skin blemishes and breakouts.

Some key steps to take and natural solutions to support a healthy, efficient digestive system and bowel health are:

  • Eat a healthy, and widely varied diet
  • Reduce convenience foods, excessive caffeinated beverages, alcohol, sugar, products made with highly processed white flour and hydrogenated fat
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t east on the run, take time to rest and digest your food
  • Be active
  • Never ignore the urge

Psyllium Husks (fibre)

These fibrous husks swell when in contact with water to help form bulk within the digestive tract to promote regularity

Aloe Vera

This has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe the digestive tract, support liver function, and maintain healthy intestinal bacertia. It helps with bloating and wind, is a mild digestive and liver tonic, and helps balance acidity.

Inulin

This is a prebiotic; prebiotics promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon

Probiotics

Maintaining a favourable balance of good bacteria in the colon helps create long-term bowel health and overall wellbeing

Slippey Elm

This inner bark is well known for its soothing effect on the digestive system. It is particularly useful for sensitive or irritated mucous membranes in the digestive tract.

Digestive Enzymes

These assist with healthy functioning of the digestive tract, the absorption of nutrients from food and the proper digestion of fats. They can support digestion for people who eat the typical modern diet, which is high in protein, fat and refined carbohydrates. As we age, production of digestive enzymes declines, reducing the breakdown of nutrients. If we don’t absorb fats properly we can end up with dehydrated, saggy, lack lustre skin. If we don’t absorb proteins we can end up with poor muscle tone and slow healing.

Peppermint

Helps to inhibit spasmodic action in the bowel, has a calming action for gastrointestinal discomfort, promotes smooth digestion.

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Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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