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March 13, 2012

Food For Thought

Top 5 Supplements For Digestion

Everything begins and ends in the digestive tract.

If the digestive system is not fully functional, every single process in the body is affected. This is why it is so important to “be kind” to your digestive tract and not stress it too much.

Things that stress the digestive tract are:

  • Overeating
  • Processed and refined foods
  • Cold beverages, soft drinks, alcohol
  • Stress
  • Poor food combining
  • Caffeine
  • Low-fibre diet
  • Smoking
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, BPA, heavy metals)

The top 5 supplements for maintaining a healthy digestive tract and alleviating acute discomfort

  1. Digestive Bitters Bitters have been used for thousands of years to stimulate and tone the digestive system. Typically in nature, plants that are poisonous have a bitter taste. As a survival mechanism our bodies ramp up all of our digestive processes to try and deal with the poison as effectively as possible to avoid getting sick. Herbalists observed this and used bitter herbs to afford a similar effect.
  2. Digestive Enzymes Enzymes are the workers that help to break down the food that we eat. We have one chance to break down food mechanically and this is accomplished by chewing. I always say, “you don’t have teeth in your stomach.” The rest is carried out by chemicals that we secrete called enzymes.
  3. Probiotics Probiotic means “for life”. These are the good bacteria that inhabit our digestive tract. We are outnumbered by probiotics ten to one. They are a key part of our immune system and have hundreds of beneficial effects in our body.
  4. Fibre Fibre comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble. They are both important for keeping us regular and keeping our insides clean. Cultures that have more bowel movements per day, have less degenerative disease.
  5. L-glutamine Proteins are long chains of single amino acids. Amino acids are like different coloured beads on a necklace. Each colour is a different amino acid. L-glutamine is one amino acid and has a very important role along the digestive tract. It is the primary fuel for all of our digestive cells. Thus, it is extremely effective at healing an inflamed or damaged digestive tract like we see in people with Crohn’s, colitis, or ulcers.


– Josh