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Health tip for week Sept 28th

Keep your digestion healthy which is the key to a truly healthy body.

The importance of digestive health is underappreciated because most people are not even aware of.

Impaired digestion can trigger problems ranging from mild stomach upsets to life-threatening cancer. Millions of people struggle with digestive problems causing other health problems to occur including fatigue, weight gain, food allergies, arthritis, asthma, liver problems and mood disorders.

Think of the digestive tract as an entire ecosystem, a self-contained environment supporting a community of hundred of species of bacteria. This ecology consists primarily of friendly bacteria at work, our digestive flora. Without these beneficial bacteria to ferment and digest our food, we can’t have complete digestion or healthy bodies. A significant portion of our immune function is located in the GI tract to keep a favorable balance between the helpful and destructive organisms. Any of the following situations can upset the proper balance we need in the digestive system:

• Overgrowth of yeast or undesirable bacteria,

• any sort of parasites,

• viral illnesses,

• poor hygiene

• bad water

• starchy diet

• too many sweets

• food allergies

• frequent use of antibiotics

• certain medication

• radiation

• surgery

• physical injury

• stress

• environmental toxins

If you believe you have severe digestive problems, it is important to seek skilled medical expertise to help you. There are few things you can do at home to maintain a healthy digestion or make it better.

• Make sure you are producing stomach acid (hydrochloric acid or HCl for short). It destroys the bad bugs and sterilizes our food. In summary, stomach acid begins the process of protein digestion. If you want to know more about HCl, i recommend you read a great article “Digestion-The Foundation of Health” written by Dr. Peter Rouse and a book called “Optimal Digestive Health-the complete guide” by Nichols and Faass .

• Make healthy choices about what you put in your mouth. Don’t drink tab water. Avoid eating too much starchy food and sweets.

• There are few herbs you can eat or drink to promote good digestion like chamomile, ginger, peppermint, fennel and neem leaf.

• Make sure you have good microflora or friendly flora. The friendly flora are bacteria that have beneficial effects in the body. They are important because they help keep our immune defenses well tuned and provide valuable nutrients such as vitamin K, folic acid, and the essential fatty acid butyrate. One way to make sure you consistently have friendly flora in your body, use a good acidophilus/bifidus (in other words, probiotics) supplement. Yogurt can be a great addition to your diet if you are not dairy intolerant.

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September 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. very nice post… very informative… thanx for sharing… you made my day chief

    Comment by Aloe Benefits | September 29, 2010 | Reply


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