Digestive Health

Digestion is the important process where our body breaks apart and processes the food we eat. If your food is not properly digested and eliminated, then you can feel bloated, tired, and listless from a build up of toxins. Failure to digest properly can also lead to other disorders. Also, acid can build up in the stomach from improperly digested food that can cause damage to the stomach's lining and the esophagus . . .

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Nutrients

Several of the nutrients vital to digestive health include choline, glutamine, digestive enzymes and probiotics (supplements that contain beneficial bacteria).

Choline is required to metabolize fats through the liver. In a number of studies where choline was supplemented, cholesterol levels dropped significantly. Other studies show that choline is useful in a number of liver disorders. Bevko Choline is available in both tablet and liquid form.

Glutamine (the key ingredient in Energy and Repair) helps strengthen and repair the lining of the intestines. This ability to strengthen and repair the intestinal lining is especially important for patients whose intestinal linings have been damaged by infection, alcohol, and medications.

Digestive enzymes are complex proteins that the body employs in the digestion process to break down food. With pancreatic insufficiency, a person may have indigestion, bloating with discomfort, and the presence of undigested food in the stool. KANA DIGEST supplements with pancreatic enzymes extracted from cows (bovine extracts), not pigs (porcine extracts). KANA DIGEST contains four important enzymes: amylase, lipase, protease and alpha galactosidase enzymes.
  • Amylase breaks down starch.
  • Lipase breaks down fats.
  • Protease metabolizes proteins.
  • Alpha galactosidase breaks down oligosaccharides (a type of sugar found in beans/legumes that the body cannot break down).

Protease enzymes are especially important in the body to prevent the deposit of immune complexes in body tissues. Digestive diseases associated with this problem are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Proteases have been shown in some studies to be useful in these diseases.

Probiotics are supplements that contain one or more kinds of live bacteria that are beneficial to the body and can help to restore the balance of microflora in the intestinal tract. These bacteria are important for the health and maintenance of the intestines. When bacteria in the intestinal tract are out of balance, a person can experience a number of problems, including antibiotic-induced diarrhea, travelers diarrhea, infant diarrhea, and recurrent vaginal and urinary tract infections, as well as hives, fever blisters, canker sores, and acne.* Max Dophilus helps restore balance by providing six different kinds of beneficial bacteria with over 3 billion live bacteria in each capsule.

Diet

Diet plays an important part in digestion. Consumption of acidic foods can cause an excess build-up of toxins, as well as an increase in stomach acid that can lead to indigestion and sour stomach discomfort. Bevko recommends taking supplements to promote healthy digestion, as well as following an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet is important because our bodies are supposed to be slightly alkaline, but the modern diet creates a state in which most people have an acidic environment. An acidic environment develops when we eat mostly acidic foods: too much animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. These foods can deplete the body of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium, which are important to health. [See Food Chart on Daily Health page for a reference]. Eating acidic foods can cause damage to the lining of the stomach and esophagus when digestive stomach acids build up. A primarily alkaline diet can easily reduce the amount of harmful stomach acids.

Lifestyle

Along with proper nutrient supplementation and an alkaline diet, a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise promotes digestive health. Exercise helps maintain bowel regularity and increases the body’s ability to supply blood to all organ systems.