More people than ever are experiencing stomach and digestive upset. For many, it’s becoming the norm. Sixty to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic constipation, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophogeal reflux, GI infections, and pancreatitis, not to mention general indigestion and food intolerances. The most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of digestive issues and 12 percent of visits to primary care physicians, is IBS. Many people don’t realize that digestive problems can cause health issues and symptoms beyond the digesting system, including headaches, upper back pain, mid-back pain, sinus issues, gall bladder symptoms, appendicitis-like symptoms, stabbing low back pain, front thigh pain, and knee pain. Continue reading
The holiday season is upon us. Between the big family dinners, the holiday parties, and the endless stream of tempting holiday treats, overeating is nearly impossible to avoid. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer with digestive discomfort. Taking steps now to maintain a healthy gut will reduce the likelihood of intestinal distress later. Probiotics are an excellent way to accomplish this.
Different strains of probiotics are available to target different areas of the gastrointestinal tract. However, not all brands of probiotics are the same. As many as 95 percent of existing commercial probiotic brands contain organisms that aren’t even alive and active by the time they reach your gut. NutraSense offers Dr. Shahani’s brand of high quality probiotics made by Nebraska Cultures. Dr. Khem Shahani was a pioneer in the field of probiotics and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on probiotics and their role in digestive health. He discovered the popular DDS-1 strain of acidophilus in the late 1950s and laid the groundwork for manufacturing probiotics that survive through the stomach and remain viable in the colon to provide maximum benefits. His family continues his scientific research today. Continue reading
A weak immune system puts your health at risk. Most people only worry about their immune system during cold months, when colds, flus, and viruses are running rampant. But your health should be a priority all year. Recent research has shown that immunity is directly linked to having a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
The GI tractis a prominent part of the immune system. One component of the gastrointestinal system is the intestinal bacteria of the gut flora. This good bacteria works to prevent the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the gut. If the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract becomes imbalanced, it can cause a long list of health problems, including constipation, gas, hormonal problems, candida infections, anemia, vitamin B deficiencies, high cholesterol, and chronic diarrhea, just to name a few. Continue reading
A healthy gut provides needed nutrients for the entire body. To absorb and properly utilize all needed nutritive building blocks, the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tracts need to maintain appropriate pH levels, a healthy probiotic (friendly bacteria) population, a strong immune response, needed enzymes and digestive cofactors, and appropriate permeability of the digestive tract lining. When any of these areas are out of balance, digestion and overall health are compromised. Continue reading
When most of us think of bacteria, we think of it as negative. But our digestive systems actually need bacteria to keep pathogens in check, help digestion and absorption of nutrients, and keep our immune system running at peak performance. Nearly 100 trillion microorganisms live in a normal bowel. A poor diet can have a negative effect on the balance of good and bad bacteria, as can antibiotic use. Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to our gastrointestinal health until we get sick. But there are steps you can take to keep your gut flora in balance and maintain a healthy digestive system. Continue reading