Breaking down digestion: A guide to gut health
Some say, “Happy wife, happy life,” but we believe that a happy gut means a happy life; no one likes tummy troubles. In fact, 80 percent of your immune system health comes from your gut—plus a lot of other factors that determine how good you feel.
We’ve put together this handy guide to digestion with four suggestions to live a blissful life with enzymes, good amounts of probiotics, and lots of fiber. If you’re like us and it’s been a while since you’ve taken biology, this post is also your guide to technical terms and bonus tips to assist in your quest for excellent digestive health.
Refresher: Prebiotics are dietary fibers that feed your gut friendly bacteria. They help the microorganisms in your intestines to grow and boost the benefits of probiotics. Prebiotics can improve digestion and immune health.
We’ve got you covered: ICP Daily ICP Daily™, our reformulated daily prebiotic and fiber drink, helps to fuel your body’s healthy gut bacteria, supports digestive health and immune health, and cleanses metabolic toxins—everything you need to start feeling good from the inside out. This sugar-free drink mixes seamlessly into water, NingXia Red®, or juice without clumping. Say hello to a healthy, happy gut!
Fun fact: Because prebiotics provide fuel for the healthy bacteria that probiotics put into your gut, they can make probiotic supplements more effective. Together, pre- and probiotics make a dream team for gut health.
Enzymes + your digestion
Refresher: Enzymes are quick chemical reactors that work inside your cells to promote growth. Essentially, a cell can’t function without them, and since there are around 37 trillion cells in your body, enzymes are pretty important.
We’ve got you covered: Essentialzyme Add the ideal nutritional companion to your healthy digestive routine by taking Essentialzyme right before your largest meal. Each caplet contains a unique blend of Tarragon, Peppermint, Anise, Fennel, and Clove essential oils that will keep you coming back.
With four capsules a day, Essentialzymes-4™ is the optimal product for digesting fats, proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates. The science in the dual capsules allows for the animal- and plant-based enzymes to release at separate times for highest absorption. These capsules are going to be your absolute best friend when overeating season hits in the fall and winter months. Third piece of pie, anyone?
Fun fact: Did you know that the digestive system is sometimes referred to by wellness experts as our body’s second brain? This brings a whole new light to being mindful of what you are eating.
Refresher: Probiotics are microorganisms (such as healthy bacteria in yogurt) that provide health benefits when consumed properly. Having probiotics in your gut helps you make the most of nutrients from your food, so when you eat a salad for lunch, you’re absorbing the most benefits from the spinach, carrots, and tomatoes.
We’ve got you covered: Life 9 Life 9® is a probiotic supplement that supports digestive health and gut and intestinal functions, leading to a healthier immune system. With a special bottle and cap to ensure freshness, these capsules also contain special delayed-release technology, so the ingredients release in the small intestine.
Fun fact: Most of your energy after meals is used for digestion. With a healthier gut, you will maintain higher levels of energy to make it through that post-lunch “I still have four hours of work left” slump.
Fiber + your digestion
Refresher: Fiber aids in . . . well . . . keeping things moving along. This is why you race to the store to buy pears and whole-grain cereal when digestion seems sluggish. However, there is a way to get ahead of these kinds of digestive problems by enhancing your colon’s ability to function naturally.
We’ve got you covered: ComforTone These capsules use both essential oils and natural herbs to support digestive health and wellness. ComforTone® promotes the normal wave-like contractions that move food through the intestines, and its herbal formula is sure to keep your digestion in tip-top shape.
Fun fact: Another easy trick that is going to help movement in your digestive system and intestinal tract is to drink lots of water. Drink at least 64 ounces of water throughout the day for best results.
Searching for more tips on healthy living? Check out our post on simple habits for a natural lifestyle.
This post first appeared on the Young Living blog.