10 Not-So-Obvious Signs Of Poor Digestion & What to Do About Them

enzyme-force-120-v-caps-300ccMost of us know the obvious symptoms of indigestion such as bloating, tummy aches, constipation and gas. You’d be surprised to know that the following 10 symptoms of enzyme deficiency might also indicate the need for supplemental digestive enzymes …

10 Not-So-Obvious Signs of Enzyme Deficiency

1.      Skin rashes and irritations. Incomplete digestion can lead to food sensitivities that manifest as skin problems.

2.      Fatigue and drowsiness. When so much energy goes to trying to compensate for a lack of digestive enzymes, is it any wonder that a body feels unbearably tired after eating?

3.      Bad breath. Our mouths are the beginning of a long digestive journey. Adequate enzymes, every step of the way, help keep breath fresher.

4.      Irritability. We all know how cranky babies get with colic. As adults with indigestion get just as irritable.

5.      Insomnia. Indigestion is noisy and painful. A happy calm yummy is crucial for a good night’s sleep.

6.      High cholesterol. All the way back in 1958, Stratford researchers realised that low enzymes and high cholesterol were linked.

7.      Weight gain. Fat utilisation is improved with enzymes, leading to less of it being stored in the obvious places – hips, belly, upper arms, thighs.

8.      Food allergies. Without adequate protein digesting enzymes, undigested food particles leak through the intestinal wall, triggering food allergy symptoms.

9.      Inflammation. Inflammation from injuries or arthritic conditions have been shown to respond well to the anti-inflammatory effect of bromelain.

10.    Sinusitis. An increased incidence of sinusitis might be related to chronic inflammation in nasal mucous membranes.

Eat More Raw Foods for Better Digestion

Eating enzyme-rich, fresh raw fruits and vegetables is definitely the best prescription for good digestion. Ironically though, improving your diet can cause some temporary indigestion. Remember, it takes time for your body to adjust, especially when drastically changing your diet to include the extra fibre consumed by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods can cause gas and bloating until your body adjusts.

Fortunately, digestive enzymes – especially Enzyme-Force with Fibrazyme™ can help with the transition. Bon apetite!

10 Easy Ways to Improve Digestion

  1. Take Prairie Naturals Digestive Enzymes at every meal
  2. Breathe deeply and relax before beginning a meal
  3. Be thankful for what you are about to enjoy
  4. Eat an abundance of fibre-rich foods
  5. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables
  6. Drink more water (between meals)
  7. Go for a walk after a meal
  8. Chew effectively and for a longer period of time
  9. Sit down to eat
  10. Eat less

How Our Digestive System Works

Just imagine a 30-foot maze-like passageway winding its way through the centre of your body. This miraculous food transport system is your digestive tract. The digestive tract, also called the gastrointestinal tract, has numerous connecting points along its route where food is broken down into simpler chemical forms (nutrients) by specialised enzymes. Digestion and absorption of macro-nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are dependent on enzymes and by the health of the duodenum.  

The Mouth & Stomach

The smell and sight of appetising food is the first signal the digestive system receives to begin the amazing process of digestion. Even before the first morsel of food enters your mouth, the digestive juices start flowing.

With the first bite, ptyalin, an amylase enzyme in saliva, begin the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose. Chewing food well (some experts recommend 100 times per bite) promotes better digestion even before food enters the stomach where the most active chemical digestion begins. Stomach muscle contractions assist the digestive process by kneading the partially digested food while gastric juices containing hydrochloric acid (HCI), pepsin, rennin and water begin the protein-digesting process. Some fat, and to a lesser degree, carbohydrates (which have been converted to sucrose) are also partially digested at this phase of the digestive process.

This potent mix of chemicals is so strong that the stomach’s membrane lining secretes a protective mucous barrier to prevent these corrosive gastric juices from damaging the walls of the stomach.  Without adequate mucosal protection, the stomach lining would be burned by its own acids, creating painful stomach ulcers. Digestive activity in the stomach lasts from one to four hours per meal depending on the combination and amounts of food ingested.

Liquids pass through the stomach most quickly; next come carbohydrates, then proteins, and finally fats. The secretion of intrinsic factor is another important function of the stomach. This protein substance is absolutely necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 during the next stage of digestion in the small intestine. The pyloric sphincter at the base of the stomach opens to release this mash of semi-digested food, called chyme, into the small intestine.

The Small Intestine

There is not much that is “small” about the small intestine. In fact, this 20-foot section of the digestive tract is charged with achieving a huge task – the unlocking and absorption of micro-nutrients from macro-nutrients. The activity of enzymes in the small intestine is supported by enzymes contained within the food we eat or enzyme supplementation we take. Over the course of approximately three hours, the small intestine, with the aid of the pancreas, liver and gall-bladder, breaks down proteins into amino acids, carbohydrates into simple sugars, and fats into fatty acids.

As chyme enters the small intestine, the pancreas, nestled below the stomach, contributes alkaline pancreatic juices necessary for the successful completion of the digestive process. These juices contain numerous enzymes.

If fats have been eaten, the gall-bladder releases the bile it has stored. Bile is produced by the liver and is not really an enzyme, but rather a fat emulsifier that separates fat into small droplets that pancreatic enzymes break down for absorption.

The small intestine is comprised of three sections, the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. Each of these sections absorbs different nutrients through the intestinal walls. For example, calcium, vitamin A, thiamine and riboflavin are absorbed by the duodenum. The jejunum absorbs fat and the ileum absorbs vitamin  B12.

The Large Intestine

Basically used as a holding tank for waste produced through the digestive process, the large intestine, also referred to as the colon, is largely an elimination organ, although vitamin K, water and some electrolyte minerals are absorbed in this final section of the digestive tract. A great many bacteria live in the colon, some of them friendly and beneficial, and others, harmful and disruptive. Inadequately digested food substances can be absorbed by the body as toxins or can feed noxious intestinal bacteria.

Proper elimination of waste and bacteria from the colon is dependent upon a high fibre diet, adequate water intake, healthy intestinal flora and complete digestion of food. Fibre literally binds toxins and aids their passage through the colon while water encourages smoother elimination. Fibre also encourages the growth of healthy intestinal flora (probiotics).

Having a clearer understanding and deeper appreciation of the way our bodies process and utilise the foods we eat will ideally help us be more mindful of the choices we make that affect this daily miracle that we simply call “digestion”.  Bon appetite!

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OHP_Garcinia_Infograph-01 SUMMARY:  Garcinia Plus provides a great source of Garcinia Cambogia, as well as a combination of other potent weight management ingredients that include:

Bromelain
Apple Cider Vinegar
Chromium
Spirulina

These components provide a great source of antioxidants to reduce oxidative damage to skin and tissues, as well as helping to digest major food elements and regulating glucose metabolism.

As a strong source of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), Garcinia Plus helps to prevent fat storage from accumulating within the body, leaving fatty acids readily available for metabolism as an energy source.

Garcinia Plus supports healthy glucose and metabolism with a combination of Garcinia Cambogia, Bromelain, Chromium, and other components essential to metabolism and weight management.

Benefits:

  • Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fats for better overall health.
  • Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism to help balance energy levels.
  • Moderate appetite suppressant to promote weight loss and better digestive health.

 

Garcinia Plus® for Weight Management and Balanced Healthy Living

When you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, the only honest long term solution is making a lifestyle change. The key to sustainable healthy living is to remember that it’s what you do most of the time that truly counts. Sustainable healthy living should never feel like deprivation; it should however, boost your energy, support healthy weight management and improve mood. This can be easily achieved with a combination of healthy eating habits, exercise and nutrient support, such as Garcinia Plus®. Here are some tips to send you on the right path for your newGarcina 1 healthy lifestyle:

Eating for Health

Eat Clean: Michael Pollen said it best, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The intention should be to eat a clean whole foods-based diet. Simply by eating foods as they are naturally from the earth greatly improves the quality of nutrition you can get from each meal. If the food you’re eating bears little resemblance to its original natural state, you’re likely missing out on important micro-nutrients and phytonutrients you could’ve otherwise been eating.

Control Portions: Eating the right portions of foods is essential for weight management. A good general rule of thumb is that half your plate should be vegetables at every single meal. Make it half a plate of salad, or half a plate of broccoli for example. Your portion of protein is also important to consider. That steak that’s that size of half of your plate at the restaurant, it should actually realistically be about the size of your fist.

Stabilize blood sugar: When blood sugar goes through spikes and drops, it can affect your energy levels. Eating fats and proteins can help to keep blood sugar in balance by reducing the speed at which foods breaks down as glucose in the blood. Eating a diet high in sugars and refined carbohydrates can contribute to insulin resistance, meaning the sugar you eat can’t effectively enter the cell to be used for energy. The body then produces higher amount of insulin to work harder to remove the sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin resistance can contribute to feelings of brain fog and fatigue, as well as cravings for sweets1.

 

Move Your BodyGarcinia - 2

Exercise is important for weight management, heart health, muscle building and metabolism.2 The gym is a great place to go when it’s raining, or to learn new exercises based on your goals if you’re working with a personal trainer, but for some, the gym can be intimidating. Keep in mind, exercise doesn’t have to only be about going to the gym, there are numerous ways you can get out and move your body, the most important part is that you enjoy what you’re doing. Try a yoga class, go for a bike ride, jog outside, go hiking, or take dance classes, or try a few different things to keep things fresh.

 

Nutrient Support

Certain nutrients can help you transition to a healthier lifestyle and assist in weight management.

Organika® Garcinia Plus® contains a combination of 5 ingredients that help to support metabolism and glucose management essential to maintaining a healthy weight:

Garcinia Cambogia: Containing hydroxycitric acid, garcinia cambogia acts as a mild appetite suppressant by temporarily increasing feelings of fullness

Bromelain: Derived from pineapple stem, bromelain aids in the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as helping to relieve symptoms of indigestion

Apple Cider Vinegar: Boosts the metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins

Chromium: Supports healthy glucose metabolism by improving insulin sensitivity

Spirulina: Provides a source of protein to assist in muscle repair and growth

 

 

 

References:

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/research-review-blood-sugar

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

FEATURED PRODUCT: Boldocynara®

boldo liquidThere are times when we can’t help but neglect our diet, replacing nutritious whole foods with fast snacks loaded with calories but lacking in nutrients. Bloating, nausea and indigestion
usually result. At these times, natural remedies can help, and they are good preventive medicines. Boldocynara® for example will help your liver deal with heavy, fatty or greasy and processed foods.

 

Boldocynara® is a complex of herbs especially designed to activate your liver and help it deal with excesses. It prompts the liver and gallbladder into producing bile which will help you digest more comfortably. Boldocynara® contains extracts that contribute many active principles. Cynarin from artichoke for example, is a known cholesterolytic, (breaks up cholesterol). It also contains the components of milk thistle extract, which protect the liver cells from toxicity. Notably, silymarin and silybin protect the liver from toxicity and thus the entire system from intoxication.
All of the components of Boldocynara® contribute active principles that protect the liver, reduce and prevent accumulation of cholesterol, help to increase the production of bile and encourage evacuation of bile.

Boldo tabletsOverall, Boldocynara® helps your digestive tract deal with fats and prevents them from just sitting there and becoming rancid. The next time your schedule prevents you from eating healthfully, try a little Boldocynara® before your meal.

 

Boldocynara is an integral part of the A.Vogel 15 Day Detox Program along side Molkosan and Stinging Nettle.

 

 

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One capsule for a better morning!

PartySmart is a herbal formulation that rapidly eliminates acetaldehyde, the toxic by-product of alcohol intake. Free from magnesium stearate and synthetic additives, one capsule is all you need for a better morning.

How PartySmart works:
1. Take PartySmart with your first drink of the night
2. Alcohol breaks down into acetaldehyde
3. PartySmart rapidly eliminates acetaldehyde from the blood
4. Wake up feeling better the next morning!

Four double-blind, randomized human clinical trials have proven the effective benefits of PartySmart!

Party Survival – The Summary

We know that a lot of people enjoy getting out and overindulging this season – especially on New Year’s Eve – so we thought we’d pull together a compilation of articles that’ll help you survive the party season and get 2016 off to a great start!

Start by evaluating your own personal needs with Party Survival – Ditch the Stress

Then go to your parties prepared for overindulgence:  Party Survival – Party Smart!  &  Party Survival – Avoid the Bloat

After the festivities are over you might need a few tips for surviving a hang over the natural way:  Party Survival – How to Survive the Morning After
When you’re feeling more like yourself – you might be considering a New Year’s Cleanse.  How about this one:  Party Survival – Detoxing After the Celebrations

We wish you all a wonderful and healthful 2016 and a safe New Year’s Eve!  Happy New Year!

Party Survival – Party Smart!

When heading out to party this weekend – consider taking a few supplements along with you to ease the suffering later in the evening and the next morning:

 

Our Staff Fav is Party Smart by Himalaya.  All of us who like to enjoy a drink or two have tried it (including at our staff Christmas Party) and we LOVE it!  All you need is 1 – 2 pills during your festivities and you wake up feeling great!  If you’re a smaller person (150lb or less) one pill is typically enough, however if you’re a bit larger, or you’re really enjoying your drinks – another pill at bedtime helps!

Party Smart is a blend of herbs that cause the by-product of alcohol metabolism to be easily flushed by the body, thus avoiding the awful hang over symptoms we’re all trying to avoid at this time of year!  Perfectly safe and fine to take along with any medications.  Plus – it’s totally affordable!  Pop in a grab one for New Year’s – we’re open until 6:30 New Year’s Eve this year.

 

Digestive Enzymes are another life saver – none of us leave the house without them!  If you plan on over indulging a basic digestive enzyme will help your body break down all that extra food!  If you are vegetarian, there are enzyme specifically for you, too.  If you are gluten intolerant – and you can’t be sure of the foods you’re going to be eating at a party GlutenEase is a staff favourite.  And if you’re lactose intolerant, and you’re not positive what’s in that baked good, Lactase is a life saver!

Digestive enzymes help prevent bloating, discomfort, gas, and that awful heavy exhausted feeling you get from eating too much.  They’re lifesavers at a party!

 

Probiotics are a great way to help digestion along as well – make sure you take a double dose at bedtime to prevent constipation and support strong digestion overnight (and even help with nausea if you’ve drunk a little too much!)

 

Magnesium is a great hangover cure too!  Lisa always takes 2 New Roots Herbal Magnesium Bisglycinate pills before bed after drinking to prevent that awful pulsing headache that goes along with hang overs!

 

Be safe everyone and have a Happy New Year!!!

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