Digestion & Detox
Digestion of food starts in the mouth, before traveling along the gastrointestinal tract to the stomach and small intestine to be broken down further. Gastric juices and enzymes from the stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder help to digest food and allow the body to absorb nutrients. Food can spend around 3-5 hours in the small intestine, where most digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place. Tiny, finger-like projections called villi line the inside of the small intestine, and allow nutrients from our food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Any leftover food that can’t be absorbed is then moved into the large intestine where remaining water is absorbed and a solid waste is formed that can be excreted from the body.
Having an uncomfortable or upset stomach can often mean that something isn’t quite right. Our digestion should comfortable, free from gas and bloating, and bowel movements should be regular and easy to pass. We can help support our digestive function by drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet full of whole and high fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
From time to time our digestive system may need some extra support. Stress and poor diet can upset our gut microflora which may result in irregular bowel motions, discomfort, bloating and gas. Insufficient digestive enzymes may also cause abdominal discomfort, changes in stools and problems digesting certain foods.
Some supplements to help support normal digestion include:
- Probiotics – such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis help support a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
- Aloe vera – helps to soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and supports natural digestion processes
- Slippery elm – supports the lining of the stomach and bowel and helps to maintain bowel regularity
- Digestive enzymes – such as bromelain, amylase and protease aid the breakdown and digestion of food
- Psyllium –high in fibre and helps with healthy bowel movements
A comfortable, calm, soothed tummy is very important for quality of life. Plant-based supplements to soothe gut membranes, homeopathic remedies, probiotic formulas and digestive enzymes are are all included in our digestive calm & soothe range.
We also offer a range of high quality probiotics as well as nutritional and plant-based supplements specifically formulated to provide support for discomfort & bloating, as well as provide digestive immune support. Optimal digestive immune health enables the body to resist and naturally fight against harmful bugs.
For healthy and regular bowel movements, we have a range of herbal, fibre-based, probiotic and nutrient-based formulations available. These are ideal for those who want bowel motion support with comfort and ease.
Looking after our liver and maintaining kidney health is also important to support detoxification and removing wastes. We have a range of quality supplements available for liver support and kidney support as well as a range of nutritional and herbal supplements for detox & body cleanse to help the body remove the burden of toxic waste.