In order to digest and absorb food properly, the stomach must be highly acidic, while the intestine is strongly alkaline. Many individuals with digestive problems have dysregulated gut pH. The most common problem is underproduction of stomach acid, which results in poor enzyme function, dysbiosis, and incomplete breakdown of many food groups. Fortunately, these problems can be easily corrected with relatively inexpensive dietary supplements.
Dietary . fiber. is actually a mixture of soluble and insoluble plant polysaccharides. Soluble fibers like oat and psyllium absorb a lot of water and slow the release of nutrients into circulation. Insoluble fibers like wheat bran, soy, and other grain fibers, scour the intestinal lining, increasing surface area for absorptions. Which type to use depends on what sort of digestive symptoms are present.
Periodic internal cleansing makes a lot of health sense, and there are a number of methods for doing this, including fasts, elimination diets, and botanical-based cleansing regimens. Robyn Depasquale, ND, Martha Volchok, and others provide a guide to the benefits of seasonal GI cleansing.
Herbal self-cleansing kits can be effective approaches to internal cleansing, but they are not the only method. Many of the same benefits can be obtained with special diets, including this seven-day elimination diet.
There are many herbal cleansing and detoxification kits now on the market. Holistic Primary Care provides a brief review of three widely available kits of varying degrees of intensity.
Long term management of chronic digestive diseases like gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, Crohn. s disease and ulcerative colitis, require far more than prescription drugs. John Mizenko, DO, a holistic gastroenterologist, believes it is essential to understand a patient. s eating habits, psychosocial stresses, and the subjective meaning of the symptoms. He offers his strategies, learned over 40 years in practice, for treating a range of common digestive diseases.
Glutamine is an amino acid with major benefits for patients with ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. Biotics Research has made glutamine a cornerstone of its digestive health line. Proper Nutrition. s SeaCure, a hydrolyzed fish protein originally developed to helped malnourished children, is proving highly beneficial for many patients with chronic lower GI disorders.
Medical researchers have been paying a lot of attention lately to probiotics for the management of many digestive problems including ulcerative colitis, Crohn. s disease, diarrhea, and liver diseases. A review of some of the most compelling recent scientific papers on probiotics.
Saccharomyces boulardii is a tropical yeast that grows on the skins of tropical fruits like lychees and mangosteens. People in Indochina have been using it to treat digestive problems for centuries. Thanks to Dr. Henri Boulard, who brought this strain to France nearly a century ago, and Biocodex, a French natural medicine company, S. boulardii is now among the most widely used probiotics in the world.
A special report on zinc carnosine, a new natural product that promotes wound healing and strengthens the stomach. s natural defenses against Helicobacter pylori and other factors causing peptic ulcers. Marketed in the US as ZinLori 75, zinc carnosine has a strong scientific pedigree and offers major advances over conventional acid-inhibiting therapies.