Digestive Health and Probiotics

Dec 2nd, 2014

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Category: Nutrition

Digestive Health and Probiotics

Your digestive system is one of the most essential components of overall health and is connected to everything that happens in the body. While not as sexy to talk about as diet and exercise, the gut system helps the body to digest food, produces vitamins, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, and produce healing compounds that keep a human body healthy. Unfortunately, many people suffer from digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, and gas. Many people are becoming more aware of the need for gut health, but most are not doing much about it.

Digestive health can affect other areas of our health–weight, energy and skin–in ways we might never have imagined. The health of your digestive system can even significantly affect your immune function—an important fact as the temps continue to cool down and flu season gets underway.

Those who have had “gut-wrenching” experiences or butterflies won’t be surprised to hear that there also are strong connections between the gut and the brain. Gut bacteria produce neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that regulate basic psychological processes and mental states.

FIBER INTAKE

Most people have experienced digestive issues at some point in their lives. Many modern diets lack the sufficient nutrition, such as fiber, for good digestive health. Fiber is essential for weight management and intestinal health but most people only eat half the recommended daily dietary fiber intake, about 14 grams of fiber per day. The Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams for men under age 50, and 25 grams for women in the same age group.

To increase your daily fiber intake, eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This can be a challenge with our modern diet and on-the-go lifestyle. In that case, take probiotic or other supplements that contribute to regularity, a feeling of fullness and the growth of “friendly” intestinal bacteria. In recent years, ingested probiotics have become synonymous with helping maintain good digestive health as well as regulating the immune system. Such a robust immune system is necessary for the proper function of every other part of the body. Whether as live active cultures found in some yogurts or as daily supplements, probiotics are live, “friendly” bacteria that have been shown to benefit a person’s health. If you aren’t sure what you might be lacking, talk to a wellness coach at New U today, and we’ll get you on the right track.

CLEANSING AND NUTRIENT ABSORPTION

In your everyday life, your body may be exposed to any number of toxins. Maintaining your digestive health can help your body neutralize and eliminate them from your system. Supporting your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins also enhances your weight-loss efforts. Improve your body’s nutrient absorption and healthy elimination, and you’ll see how your health and weight loss improves overall.

The small intestine is where the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place. To get the most from your weight-loss program, start off with Herbalife’s 21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program, then soothe your system with Herbalife® Herbal Aloe Drink for improved digestion. Add in Herbalife Active Fiber powder for regularity, and Herbalife® Florafiber for friendly bacteria and intestinal health.

ALOE FOR DIGESTIVE HEALING

Herbalife’s Herbal Aloe formula is gentle and soothing because the laxative stimulant, alloin, is filtered out to produce an herbal aloe with all of the organic nutrients of the aloe plant. The aloe plant contains more than 75 substances known for their healing properties. Herbal aloe assists your body’s self-cleansing action and healthy elimination. Plus, you can support healthy digestion wherever you are with Herbalife’s ready-to-drink form.

HERBALIFE FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH

To maintain a healthy digestive system, support your healthy diet with plenty of fiber and Herbalife’s other digestive health products, such as Active Fiber powder, Florafiber and 21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program. We can get you started today.

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