Millions of people around the world suffer from acid reflux, heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). People often resort to antacids and if these don’t work then they may be prescribed proton pump inhibitors and acid blockers. These drugs are not without side effects and the most common one is depleting the body of many vitamins and minerals, referred to as nutrient malabsorption.
The herb Gentian, when used regularly,can help decrease the incidence and severity of the above concerns. Gentian is one of the best herbs for digestion as it enhances the body’s natural digestion process and does not work against it.
The digestive process begins with the secretion of saliva in the mouth to start the digestion of carbohydrates, as well as proteins to a lesser extent. The stomach produces hydrochloric acid to further break down proteins; the body, through its other glands, secretes various digestive enzymes from the gall bladder, liver and pancreas to further assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The stomach and the intestines engage in peristalsis, a rhythmic movement that ensures that every bit of food is in contact with digestive enzymes in order to maximise the nutrient availability from food. Read More…
Rich Christmas food is notorious for triggering indigestion in anyone with a sensitive tummy. I am stocking up on probiotics to help balance gut bacteria.
- I take Mega Probiotic-ND, £18.50 for 60 capsules, every morning on an empty stomach.
- Anyone with irritable bowel syndrome may like to invest in Symprove, £21.95 for 500ml, in Mango and Passionfruit flavour or Original, which has shown success in independent research.
- As there may be little ones running around snaffling pud, I am including Bio-Kult Infantis, £11.95 for 16 sachets, which is suitable for babies, toddlers and young children.
- Order all three products from Victoria Health (victoriahealth.com) now for delivery before Christmas.
- If you are running out of time, try Pukka organic herbal teas, which are widely available. Best for digestion are Three Mint, Three Fennel or Three Ginger, around £2.30 each for 20 tea bags, stockists on pukkaherbs.com. Read More…
Bloating is a very common and annoying concern; occasional bloating may be attributable to over-eating or consuming foods that do not agree with you. However, constant bloating could be associated with hormonal insufficiency, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and high stress levels, to name just a few. At the centre of all of this is our digestive system:
How does your digestive system work?
Our bodies obtain nutrients from foods that are broken down efficiently by digestive enzymes, which are released as soon as we ingest food. The effects of improper digestion are widespread and include feeling lethargic, uncomfortable, a bulging stomach, bloating, rumbling or gas and wind.
It is often said that ‘you are what you eat’ and whilst this remains true to a certain extent, what is equally important is the state of your digestive system. Even if you were to eat a healthy, nutritious meal, if your digestive system is not functioning at its optimal level, then the body will not receive all the nutrients that it depends upon. Every single cell within the human body depends upon the supply of vital nutrients and an optimal digestive system depends upon the production of digestive enzymes. Read More…