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"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Possible Solution For Leaky Gut
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.
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.
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 ATC concentrated licorice root (1 capsule twice daily) as this is another good anti-inflammatory for the intestinal tract.
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.
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.
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.
Possible Solution For A Healthier Intestines
Now that you have taken care of your intestines... make sure your liver is fully supported!
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