March 23, 2010
These are great questions, and you can find out more about both fiber and enzymes in our online Learning Center. Essentially, the goal is to establish and maintain a balanced digestive system, since your digestive tract is where nearly 80 percent of your body’s natural defenses are found. So, our overall state of health can be measured by how effectively our bodies are able to 1.) break down the foods we eat; 2.) absorb the valuable nutrients found in our food; and 3.) eliminate waste effectively and efficiently.
Now it’s important to remember that the types of foods we eat as well as our lifestyle habits can have a significant impact on whether or not our digestive system is able to function properly, so the first step is following a healthy diet—which means plenty of fresh, raw foods (preferably organic) such as fruits and veggies; high-fiber whole grains, nuts and beans; lean meats and proteins; and avoiding heavily processed, sugary and high-fat foods. Regular exercise is also essential for optimal health, and most experts recommend at least 30 minutes each day, three times weekly.
In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, yes – there are certain nutritional supplements that can help support overall digestive health and promote regular, healthy bowel movements. Brenda Watson developed the H.O.P.E. Formula to help people establish a daily nutritional plan for optimal digestion and better health. H.O.P.E. stands for High fiber, Omega oils, Probiotics and Enzymes, and together these four essential components can help you build a solid foundation of good digestive function and begin to improve your health from the inside out. (Note: You can read more about Omega oils and probiotics in our Learning Center.)
Although enzymes and fiber may seem similar, they each provide different benefits when it comes to better digestion and health. Enzymes are found naturally in raw foods (and yes, many of those foods are high in fiber) and they act as catalysts to enhance the digestive process and help the body absorb the necessary nutrients from food. As they do so, they help prevent things like gas, bloating, heartburn and indigestion—all of which can occur when we are unable to break down (or digest) the foods we eat.
Dietary fiber is essentially the indigestible part of certain plant foods that performs several important functions in the body. Fiber works to absorb harmful toxins and eliminate them through regular bowel movements, and it provides necessary bulk to keep the colon muscles toned and ensure healthy elimination. In studies fiber has also been shown to assist with heart health and lower cholesterol, as well as weight loss and appetite control.
Finally, and this may help especially with your metabolism and elimination concerns, regular internal cleansing can help jumpstart a sluggish system and prime your body for better health. You can read more about the benefits of cleansing in our online Learning Center, but ReNew Life generally recommends a total-body cleanse 2 to 4 times each year, followed by an enhanced cleansing/detox formula as needed, and then followed by a microbial cleanse. (Read more about our 3 Simple Steps for Internal Cleansing here.)
The bottom line is that better digestion and health are really the result of a comprehensive daily plan of action that includes healthy diet and lifestyle habits (including drinking plenty of water – at least half your body weight in ounces every day) along with the right nutritional supplements. Hopefully this helps clear things up? For more information you can also check out Brenda’s site at http://www.brendawatson.com.
I read that DigestMore is a plant enzyme.. helping with various functions in the human body, including eating, digestion and nutrient absorption, seeing, hearing, breathing, kidney and liver function, healthy elimination and more. In the digestive system, enzymes help break down foods by breaking apart the bonds that hold nutrients together. As a result, the body is able to use those nutrients for energy.
But then I read about FiberSmart, it seems it may also offer the same benefits.
I am unsure which one would be best for me, I just started taking VitaminCode (raw green food supplement/minerals) which has (139mg)raw and probotic enzymes and I also take a product from Renewlife called FlaxSmart.
Knowing what I am taking would one DigestMore or FiberSmart be beneficial and which would you recommend. I have a sluggish metabolism, and just as sluggish elimination. I was getting regular with taking UltaWoman from Vitamin World, but the VitaminCode was suggested at a local health food store, I since have stopped being regular and am hoping that my body is in an adjustment period.
can you advise...
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