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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.
We do our best to safeguard our kids from sniffles and sneezes, but what about a constipated colon? Constipation among children is more common than you might think, and most of the time the causes are the same as those for adults—things like eating too little fiber, not drinking enough fluids, taking certain medications, a change in daily routine, or simply not setting aside enough time to go to the bathroom.
Teaching kids early about the importance of good bowel health is the first step toward helping prevent occasional constipation, and it begins with making sure they eat plenty of fiber. Fiber adds bulk to the stool and helps to strengthen the colon muscles to ensure healthy bowel movements. It also helps absorb and eliminate harmful toxins in the gut. For picky eaters, a natural fiber supplement may be the best option.
In addition to eating more fiber, a diet rich in Omega oils can help keep the colon lubricated to ease elimination and avoid straining. A daily probiotic is also recommended to maintain a healthy bacteria balance in the intestines and promote regular, healthy bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is also essential for keeping stools hydrated and thus easier to pass. Finally, make sure kids know the importance of good bowel health, and encourage them to take their time on the toilet and avoid straining or pushing.
When constipation does strike, a natural herbal laxative made with traditionally used ingredients such as flax fiber, fig, prune and peach leaf can help get things moving again and ease abdominal discomfort. Probiotics may also be included for additional bowel support.