digestive remedies


It is often said that "we are what we eat". Perhaps is it more appropriate to say that "we are what we can digest'.

Our digestive health is critical for our well being. From it, we gain the nutrients that we need for rebuilding our body and absorbing the right substances to ensure that our body functions correctly. It also is an important element of our immune system and eliminatory pathways. Therefore it is essential that we maintain good digestive health.

The symptoms attributed to a disturbance in digestive function can vary widely. These symptoms may include bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion and heartburn. A few simple remedies may help.

Digestive enzymes are secreted along the gastrointestinal tract and help to break down foods enabling the nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Enzymes are present in our food sources so the process of digestion often starts well before the food reaches our stomach. Our ability to produce our own enzymes and for them to function properly depends on having adequate amounts of co enzymes, minerals and vitamins in our system. Enzyme levels / activity may also decrease as we get older.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria normally present in the digestive tract. They are vital for proper digestion and also perform a number of other useful functions such as preventing overgrowth of yeast and other pathogens and the synthesis of certain vitamins. The composition of gut bacteria can vary with age hence the availability of specific infant and adult formulas.

Fibre supplements can act as bulking laxatives drawing water into the bowel but also helping to absorb some of the toxins in the digestive tract and act to support healthy bowel function. Other laxatives work in a slightly different manner having a mild irritant action. This type should only be used for a very short time in acute situations.