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No one wants to talk about or admit to it but according to the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology approximately one million Canadians a year suffers from constipation.
Healthy bowel movements are essential to a healthy body.
Unless we cleanse the system of toxins daily, they can enter the blood stream and harm the body. Constipation slows down the transit time of food which can lead to putrefaction of material in the digestive tract. Health issues can arise that you normally wouldn’t associate with constipation such as arthritis, bad breath, body odor, brain fog, depression, headaches and even obesity.
According to conventional medicine, regularity of bowel movements is individual: one person may experience three a day while another may experience one every three days. Natural health practitioners believe that the bowel is the foundation of good health and having 2-3 bowel movements a day is essential to keep not only the bowel healthy but also the whole body.
CleanseMORE is a unique, all natural colon support formula that enhances elimination in two ways. The first is through hydration of the colon. CleanseMORE allows for proper hydration of the colon by using the mineral, magnesium hydroxide to regulate water into the bowel. When the colon is fully hydrated, elimination can occur without the need of harsh, purgative laxatives. The second way is peristalsis. Peristalsis is the smooth muscle contraction of the colon. The herb rhubarb root and cape aloe gel contain the active ingredient ‘anthraquinone’ which stimulates peristalsis. Triphala, an Ayurvedic herb traditionally used in India, also stimulates peristalsis. By hydrating the colon, as well as stimulating peristalsis, normal elimination levels can be achieved (2-3 times per day).
Other steps you can take to address if you feel constipated include:
Drinking plenty of water to keep the bowel well hydrated. This is especially important if you suffer from dry, hard bowel movements aka “rabbit pellets.”
Changing your diet to include more fruits and vegetables that are both rich in water and fibre.
Enhancing your digestion by chewing your food well and if needed, use digestive enzymes with meals.
Exercising which triggers peristalsis and gets things moving through the digestive tract.
Creating time to go to the bathroom even if it means getting up a little earlier in the morning.
Putting your feet on a stool or books to lift your knees above the waist for easier bowel movements.
Set the goal to have one bowel movement for every meal that you eat and at the very least, have one bowel movement per day. If you’ve tried everything with little to no relief, a consultation with a natural health care practitioner would be well advised.
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• Charcoal from Coconut Husks – It’s a fact that our planet’s original detoxifying agent is charcoal! Prairie Naturals coconut charcoal is “activated” through a carbonproducing process using high heat, pressure and steam. This process expands the therapeutic “adsorption” (suction) effect of charcoal by making it more porous and expanding its surface area. Prairie Naturals Digest-ForceTM formula with activated coconut charcoal has the distinct power to neutralize and eliminate various toxic substances (including allergens) by binding them unto itself and moving them safely out of the body. In fact, activated charcoal has proven so effective and safe that it is routinely used in hospitals as an antidote to drug and poison toxicity!
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10 Important Things You Need to Know About Digest-Force
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Although probiotics and enzymes appear to perform similar functions, and both are beneficial to the vitality of the body (actually they are vital to sustaining life!) – they are, in fact very different in their helpful actions!!!
One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics. Probiotic functions are numerous and they bolster health all over the body.
Enzymes, on the other hand, aren’t living. Enzymes are proteins, meaning they’re large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Their function is to facilitate chemical reactions within the body. Your body produces enzymes in the cells of several different organs, including the stomach and pancreas, and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract.
Digestive enzymes break large nutritional molecules, including protein, carbohydrates and fats, into smaller molecules that your intestine can then absorb. Probiotics, on the other hand, have a variety of functions that change with the species of organism. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance and produce vitamins (including K and B vitamins).
Probiotics do not, however, break down food molecules you eat.
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Smart women want to stop hot flashes and night sweats quickly and safely and that is why they have shied away from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and estrogenic therapies. MENOsmart plus is a fast acting effective treatment that eliminates hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. MENOsmart plus contains non-estrogenic ingredients including sage, black cohosh, dong quai, gamma oryzanol, vitex and hesperidin to provide rapid relief of menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh is so safe that it has been used in women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer who were taking the drug Tamoxifen. Vitex, another herb in MENOsmart plus, helps to enhance progesterone levels and reduces male facial hair growth in menopausal women. If you using HRT (synthetic or bioidentical) and still get hot flashes and night sweats, take MENOsmart plus along with your HRT to ensure that you never have to suffer again.
Reverse Low thyroid, Stop Weight Gain and Constipation
Low thyroid affects 23% of Canadians. And another 30% have not been diagnosed due to problems with the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test. The common symptoms of low thyroid include: weight gain and stubborn weight loss, cold hands and feet, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, low mood, no sex drive and irritability. THYROsmart licensed by Health Canada to support low thyroid works quickly to bring your TSH back into the normal range, increase T4 and improve the conversion of T4 to the more potent T3. Low thyroid makes you feel like you are pushing yourself through the day. THYROsmart is safe and effective and works fast to optimize thyroid health.
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Did you know that approximately half of people over the age of 50 have suffered from hemorrhoids? Obviously it’s not the most widely discussed topic! Who wants to talk about a problem involving that part of our anatomy!?
The extremity of the intestines (the rectum) and the anus are irrigated by veins which, normally, may swell slightly during bowel movements. However, the term “hemorrhoid” is used when these veins become permanently dilated and inflamed to the point of causing itching and irritation.
This ailment is also sometimes referred to as anal varicose veins, but no matter it is called, it’s a very unpleasant and embarrassing problem.
What causes Hemorrids?
Hemorrhoids are caused mainly from constipation, pregnancy and obesity. When a person has trouble having a bowel movement, for example, they may push harder than usual, exerting pressure on the veins in the anal region. These veins also sustain greater pressure during pregnancy and childbirth, or when a person is overweight.
Internal and external hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are always internal to start with; they are located above the anal sphincter and are not perceptible from the outside. However, they may become external through exertion during bowel movements.
External hemorrhoids are located on the outside of the anal sphincter and are therefore perfectly visible. This type of hemorrhoid is frequently caused from pushing.
How to detect hemorrhoids
Itching around the anus
Irritation during bowel movements and occasional, slight bleeding
Loss of liquids during or after bowel movements
Difficult bowel movements
Minor blistering of the anal wall
Treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids
There is no magical trick but certain precautions can be of immense help in preventing hemorrhoids:
Maintain a balanced, high-fibre diet. Choose whole foods, raw vegetables and fresh fruit.
Drinks lots of water (one and a half to two litres a day).
Ensure regular physical activity and try to maintain a healthy weight.
Adopt healthy bowel movement behaviours: Avoid withholding the urge to go, but also avoid excessive pushing.
Avoid staying seated on the toilet too long.
Practise specific hygienic measures. If you are suffering from major irritation, wipe the anal area with toilet paper soaked in water or with a damp, unscented towelette.
A natural solution to hemorrhoid problems
Horse chestnut seeds (Aesculus hippocastanum) have been used for years in treating circulation disorders, specifically venous problems. Generations of people dealing with hemorrhoids have trusted this remedy, with successful results.
A.Vogel Venaforce Extra, made from horse chestnut seeds, can help you treat hemorrhoids and regain your well-being.