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Supplements that support digestive tract health: ǂ

  • First Cleanse, a gentle and organic cleanse to optimize digestion and detoxification ǂ
  • Bowel Cleanse, a colon-specific cleanse with fiber and detoxifying digestive herbs ǂ
  • Flora More, a probiotic supplement with added intestinal-strengthening amino acids ǂ
  • Ultimate Flora Critical Colon, an 80 billion potent probiotic for irritable bowel and colon concerns

Digestive Tract Support—For Intestinal Lining

Do you know how important your intestinal lining is for your overall digestive tract health and your energy levels? Unless you’ve had a digestive problem that originates in the intestinal lining, you probably haven’t given your longest organ a second thought.

Intestinal Facts:

  • Without your intestines, you would not be able to absorb any nutrients from the food you eat.
  • Your small intestine has about the surface area of a tennis court for absorption and digestion! It stretches 20-30 feet long in adults.
  • Your large intestine (colon) stretches the final 5-6 feet of the digestive tube and is the point in which digestion is competed and waste matter solidified for excretion.

The digestive tract is essentially a tube stretching from mouth to anus but it is in no way sealed off from the rest of the body. The small intestinal wall is thin (2-3 mm) and semi-permeable to allow select micronutrients from food through and into the bloodstream for nutrition. Likewise, the colon is also semi-permeable in that it allows water to pass through its walls that are about 2-6 mm thick.

To feel your best and get the most out of what you eat, it’s essential that the intestines function properly.

Digestive Tract Health Intestinal Problems

The gut (a collective term used for both small and large intestines) is not indestructible. It is in fact highly sensitive to the types of food put into it, the levels of stress your body is under, and the amount of toxins you take in.

Almost all of us take in toxins that put an extra burden on the gut lining and that require processing by the liver. Some common toxins include:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • NSAIDS such as aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Mold and fungi found in the grains and carbs we eat
  • Pesticides in non-organic food ingredients
  • Parasites and pathogenic bacteria that produce toxins of their own once in the gut

We can’t get away from toxins but we can take important steps to arm our gut defenses and give our body the support needed to stay healthy. Some important lifestyle and dietary changes include reducing the amount of processed, carbohydrate-heavy foods you eat, choosing organic whenever possible, drinking and preparing food with only high-quality filtered water, cutting down on the number of OTC products you take, and managing stress levels with relaxation techniques.

Cleansing for Digestive Tract Health
An internal herbal cleanse can help your body gently and effectively flush toxins out to enable better digestion, absorption, and to help boost your energy levels. ǂ Herbs and select fiber types in the cleanse help to pull out toxins and support efficient elimination from the body through the colon, the skin, liver, lungs, blood, lymph, and kidneys.

  • First cleanse is gentle, organic whole herb cleanse that is ideal for the first time cleanser or anyone with a sensitive intestinal tract. ǂ A phytosorb blend is added to help break down the cell walls of the whole herbs in this formula so you get the most out of the multiple digestive and whole-body cleansing herbs it contains.
  • Bowel cleanse is a deeper, colon-specific cleanse that helps absorb toxins so they can be eliminated, sweep the colon clean with natural fiber, and naturally hydrate and soothe the bowel as you cleanse. ǂ

Bacteria and Digestive Tract Health

We might feel squeamish when we hear the word “bacteria” mentioned in the same breath as digestive tract health, but researchers have established that we need the good bacteria in our gut the way our body needs nutrients.

The beneficial bacteria that line the walls of our small and large intestines help:

  1. Digest food particles
  2. Produce essential vitamins
  3. Support immune cells
  4. Crowd out potentially harmful bacteria
  5. Form healthy bowel movements

These good bacterial colonies can decline due to several factors including age (a significant decline in beneficial Bifidobacteria in the colon), certain medications which eliminate all bacteria, good and bad, a poor diet, stress, and chlorinated water intake. Luckily, boosting your levels of good bacteria is easier than you think!

Steps to Support the Good Bacteria in Your Gut:

  • Eliminate the factors mentioned above that are reducing your beneficial bacteria levels.
  • Eat prebiotic foods such as flax, chicory root, asparagus, onions, garlic, and bananas. These foods contains compounds that selectively “feed” the beneficial bacteria in the gut (but not the potentially harmful bacteria).
  • Take a potent probiotic supplement that contains multiple beneficial bacteria strains to support the diverse amount of good bacteria in the intestines. ǂ

Probiotic supplements are widely available in health food stores and online. When choosing one, make sure it has a delayed release action so the probiotics survive stomach acid to reach the intestines, contains both Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus strains, and that it contains over 10 billion probiotic cultures in each capsule for potency.

Additional ingredients can help maximize the digestive benefits of your probiotic:

  • Flora More contains 12 billion probiotics per capsule plus amino acids L-Glutamine and N-acetyl D-glucosamine that help nourish and strengthen the cells in the intestinal lining. ǂ It is ideal for those looking for extra digestive tract support with their probiotic.
  • Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion is a higher potency probiotic with an advanced BifidoMAX probiotic blend that supports bowel and colon issues. ǂ It is recommended for irritable bowel and occasional constipation/diarrhea concerns. ǂ