TAG | Intestinal Environment
Sure, good digestion has a lot to do with what you put on your plate. But it’s also about making sure your body has the tools it needs to break down your food and support healthy elimination. That’s why natural digestive care expert Brenda Watson developed the H.O.P.E. Formula. In addition to a sensible diet and regular exercise, this 4-part daily nutritional program is the key to improving digestion and living healthier every day.
High Fiber. Studies show that people who eat at least 25-35 grams of fiber every day are less likely to suffer from constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. Fiber adds bulk to the stool, helps absorb toxins in the intestines and ‘sweeps’ the colon free of waste and debris. A high-fiber diet has also been linked to weight loss, lower cholesterol and heart health. Sources: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans & legumes; fiber supplements.
Omega Oils. Fish-derived Omega oils such as Omega-3 EPA and DHA help nourish and support the cells of the colon to promote optimal digestive health. They also help to soothe and lubricate the bowel to ease elimination and promote regularity. In addition, research links these beneficial oils to improved heart and brain function, as well as healthy skin and joints. Sources: Smaller, cold-water fish; some leafy green vegetables; Omega oil supplements.
Probiotics. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract that work to crowd out disease-causing microorganisms that can contribute to poor health. Experts agree that daily supplementation with a high-potency, multi-strain probiotic formula can help support a balanced intestinal environment, improve digestion and promote bowel regularity. Sources: Fermented foods such as yogurt & kefir; probiotic supplements.
Enzymes. Digestive enzymes are found in raw foods and help the body break down the food you eat and absorb needed nutrients. Because cooking and processing can destroy the natural enzymes in food, daily supplementation is essential. Plant-based enzyme formulas provide the greatest benefit, as they are effective over a broader range of pH levels in the body. Sources: Raw whole foods; digestive enzyme supplements.
Millions of people struggle every day with constipation, but few realize that over time this condition can lead to even more serious health problems. Constipation slows down food transit time, allowing undigested food to sit and ferment in the colon. As a result, harmful toxins are released into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. This can lead to a form of self-poisoning called autointoxication, which may in turn cause everything from headaches to immune disorders.
Ordinarily, a combination of factors ultimately results in constipation, including poor diet and nutrition (too many processed foods and refined sugars), a lack of dietary fiber, a lack of essential fatty acids, too little exercise, the use of certain medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), changes in daily routine, and not setting aside time to eliminate regularly. Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural solutions for relieving occasional constipation and restoring regularity.
All-natural herbal laxatives provide fast-acting relief for a constipated colon, with traditionally used ingredients such as cape aloe and rhubarb to stimulate bowel contractions, as well as magnesium to hydrate the stool and soothing herbs such as marshmallow and slippery elm to help lubricate the colon.
Once healthy bowel function is restored, maintaining regularity is essential. This begins with following a high-fiber diet, since fiber adds necessary bulk to the diet in order to help move food through the intestines and absorb and eliminate toxins. A daily Omega oil supplement is also recommended to keep the colon lubricated and ease elimination. Finally, taking a daily probiotic is the key to maintaining a balanced intestinal environment and promoting regular, healthy bowel movements.