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Key to Good Health
A Properly Functioning Digestive Tract

No other system can fully heal until the gastrointestinal tract is supported.


Herbalists have long recognized that a properly functioning digestive tract is central to good health, which is why many herbal programs focus on cleansing and strengthening the digestive system. Modern medical science is increasingly validating the fact that numerous health problems arise from poor digestive function. In addition, the research is expanding herbalists' understanding about what goes wrong with the digestive tract and how to fix it.

First, let's look at "Digestion Destroyers"

Aging
Our stomach produces less HCL as we grow older. We have also destroyed the enzymes that produce HCL by the foods we eat. We can also have poor digestion and not be old! 

Too much Alcohol
Alcohol produces acid with a burning effect on the stomach lining, and causes inflammation. This is why alcoholics have gastritis problems. Also destroys B-Vitamins. 

Antacids
Over-the-counter sales of liquid antacids and acid blockers such as Pepcid and Zantac are skyrocketing, indicating the digestive system is assaulted and overwhelmed and cannot perform its functions properly. They reduce HCL in the stomach and prevent protein from being digested, in other words they get rid of the symptoms but not the cause! 

Chlorinated Water
Interferes with digestion. If digestion is a problem, change to pure water and the digestive formulas will work better. 

Cola Drinks & Coffee
They each contain an acid which signals the stomach that acid is already present, and then it thinks that it does not have to produce it's hydrochloric acid which is what digests food. 

Liquids
Drinking liquids with meals dilutes HCL (hydrochloric acid) in the stomach so there is not enough to digest food adequately. Years ago, no one drank liquids with a meal. 

Processed Food
It is thought that one cause of gastric ulcers is processed food. It lacks natural fiber and protein, but is high in calories. It also has flavor enhancing additives that are hard on the liver and preservatives that prevent digestion. Natural food is one of your best protections against stomach problems. 

Stress or Worry
These have an effect of reducing enzyme production. Do not eat when you are worried or under stress. If you need to eat, only eat foods that are easy to digest. 

Weight Problems 
A poor digestive system can be a contributing factor to obesity. When we do not completely digest certain fats and proteins, they can be stored as body fat.
When the body does not obtain what it needs (nutrients) it constantly tries to obtain it by creating a never-ending appetite! 

Possible Solutions


 
 
Proactazyme
 
General-purpose enzyme supplement.
It is to assist in the digestion of
most food types (except dairy).
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Food Enzymes
 
People over 30 often have less digestive HCI and fewer pancreatic digestive enzymes. Enzymes to digest Proteins, Carbs and Fats.
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Digestive Bitters
 
Enhances Secretion of Digestive Juices, Improves Absorption of Nutrients, Stimulates and Cleanses the Liver and Gall Bladder.



In the past, many herbalists and natural healers thought that illness arose because the digestive tract became encrusted with waste material. They saw cleansing as a way of removing this build up of waste material. Today, we know that this is not an accurate picture of what’s happening. The real issue isn’t accumulated waste, it’s intestinal inflammation.



Intestinal Inflammation, Leaky Gut and SIBO


We now understand that when the sensitive membranes of the digestive tract are irritated by stress, infection, food allergies and sensitivities, chemicals or certain medications (antibiotics, NSAIDS, steroids) they become inflamed. Severe inflammation is involved in Inflammatory Bowel Disorders, such as colitis and Chron’s disease. This inflammation makes the membranes more permeable, a condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. With leaky gut, undigested food particles pass through the intestinal membranes, triggering immune reactions and causing more irritation throughout the body.

Closely associated with leaky gut is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
SIBO can cause leaky gut without intestinal inflammation. SIBO involves the overgrowth of bacteria (even friendly bacteria) in the small intestines.

Symptoms of SIBO include
Abdominal bloating and distension
Heavy belching after meals
Acid indigestion about one hour after eating
Flatulence, constipation or diarrhea and brain fog after meals.
Many people associate these symptoms with candida or yeast infections and it turns out that people with SIBO may also have larger populations of yeast in the colon. However, the primary cause of the digestive imbalances is the bacterial overgrowth, not the fungal overgrowth.

Possible Solution For Leaky Gut

 
 

  Fiber is one of the most important factors in maintaining the health of the gastrointestinal tract—and the health of the body as a whole.
 
 
 
  A wonderful formula for soothing intestinal inflammation and irritation. Has been used to help a wide variety of inflammatory bowel disorders (best when taken with Stress-J)
and
 
 

  Stress-J adds additional anti-inflammatory and digestive calming properties, as well as relaxing nervous stress, which is often a factor in bowel disorders.

Intestinal inflammation, leaky gut and SIBO have wide-ranging implications and may be a cause or a major factor in all of the following diseases: acne rosacea, acne vulgaris, anemia, autism, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, diverticulitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s throiditis), IBD (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, liver cirrhosis, Lyme’s disease, malabsorption syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, pancreatitis, parasites, Parkinson’s, prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma.
Please note, this does not mean that leaky gut and SIBO cause all these diseases; it just means they may be a contributing factor.


About "Intestinal Soothe & Build"

Intestinal Soothe & Build is a wonderful formula for soothing intestinal inflammation and irritation.  Created by herbalist Jeannie Burgess, it has been used to help a wide variety of inflammatory bowel disorders such as colitis, Crohn’s and celiac disease, intestinal ulceration, acid indigestion, abdominal pain, anal fistula, blood in the stool, ileocecal valve problems, diverticulitis, diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome and hemorrhoids.

The formula combines the soothing action of mucilaginous herbs like slippery elm and marshmallow with the astringent action of herbs like plantain, rosehips and bugleweed.  Chamomile adds additional anti-inflammatory and digestive settling properties. Intestinal Soothe & Build adds fiber to the stool to absorb irritants that may inflame the colon, while helping to reduce gut permeability and leakiness.  It also promotes tissue healing and repair.

Suggested Use

This formula works best when taken in large quantities. The recommended dosage is 2-4 capsules taken three times daily with plenty of water. Jeannie designed the formula to work best when used in combination with another of her formulas, Stress-J .  Stress-J adds additional anti-inflammatory and digestive calming properties, as well as relaxing nervous stress, which is often a factor in bowel disorders.  So, for best results, take with 2 capsules of Stress-J three times daily. You can also add licorice root (1 capsule twice daily) as this is another good anti-inflammatory for the intestinal tract.



About Everybody's Fiber

Fiber is one of the most important factors in maintaining the health of the gastrointestinal tract—and the health of the body as a whole. Fiber absorbs toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing them from being absorbed into the body. It lowers cholesterol, slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream (helping both diabetes and hypoglycemia), and bulks the stool to relieve constipation and improve general elimination.
Coarse dietary fibers like bran and psyllium hulls are often too harsh for people with intestinal problems like spastic bowels, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory problems like colitis, Crohn’s and hemorrhoids. Softer, more mucilaginous fibers, work better in these conditions.

Everybody’s Fiber is a fiber blend that most people can use. It contains fiber products that gently bulk the stool and improve elimination, but it also contains herbs that reduce inflammation, improve digestion, feed friendly intestinal flora, and restore intestinal tone to reduce gut “leakage.” This blend may be helpful for conditions such as IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diarrhea, constipation, high cholesterol, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Suggested Use

Mix one scoop of “Everybody’s Fiber” in water or juice and take before meals 2-4 times daily.

 

Our Intestines (GI Tract) is responsible for 70% of your ability to resist disease

Your GI tract is foundational to your health. It is the starting place for building health and no other organ or system can fully heal until the gastrointestinal tract is supported.
Along with being responsible for assimilating the nutrition your body needs, your GI tract is responsible for 70% of your ability to resist disease. So, without healthy guts you can’t properly defend your health against infections. It’s no wonder guts are used as a metaphor for courage!

The Second Brain
Your intestines also serve as one of the major pathways of elimination. They quite literally help the body get rid of crap it does not need. And, if that is not enough to convince you how important the GI tract is to your health, consider this-your intestines produce numerous neurotransmitters that influence your mood, which is why some researchers have referred to them as the gut brain or second brain. So, it’s hard to be in a good mood at all if your GI tract is out of whack.

It Starts with What You Put in Your Mouth
Of course, it all starts where the GI tract begins. We’re talking about what you put into your mouth. If you want to grow a healthy plant, put it in good soil. Your body’s soil is the food you ingest and your GI tract will tell you whether the soil you’re creating is good or bad through symptoms. To help you understand this, let me use an analogy. If you were to put some cream or lotion on your skin that had a chemical in it that your body found irritating, the effects would be apparent rather quickly. Your skin would respond with an inflammatory process characterized by redness, swelling and/or pain. When you see this, you’d most likely quit using that product because you’d recognize it wasn’t good for your skin.

Unfortunately, most people are often less aware when it comes to diet. What is sweet to the tongue can be bitter to the belly. Processed foods often taste good, but when you consume them regularly your guts complain. You get indigestion, acid reflux, belching, boating, diarrhea, constipation and other GI tract problems.


Possible Solution For A Healthier Intestines



 
 

  This is a great daily probiotic for adults and children of all ages, particularly females because it protects against unwanted invaders that cause health concerns, especially in the urinogenital tract.
or
 
 
  Recommended for lactose intolerance, stomach-related health concerns.
It is also recommended after colon cleansing and other treatments that may affect populations of friendly flora.
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Contains the same blend of beneficial bacteria and prebiotics found in Probiotic Eleven. Eleven Elevated is approximately 67% more potent per serving and 150% more potent per capsule than Probiotic Eleven.
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  Bacillus coagulans is a strain of friendly probiotic that is naturally heat-stable. It can also more readily withstand the stomach's acidic environment, thereby better providing targeted support to the intestine and maintaining balance in the microbiome.

Now that you have taken care of your intestines... make sure your liver is fully supported!