Herbal Products to Aid Digestion.
Betaine HCL – (stomach acid balance)
I inherited an extremely sensitive digestion system complicated by childhood trauma. Because of stomach cramps, I underwent many tests such as gall bladder tests which caused me a great amount of pain without coming up with any diagnosis other than a possible duodenal ulcer. As a result I lived on antacid pills for many years. By using hair analysis to determine my total lack of minerals in my body my doctor came to the conclusion that my food was not being digested properly in my stomach because of all the antacid pills I was taking. The stomach should have an acid balance to start digestion and there was no way mine did.
I was advised to stop the antacid pills and start Betaine HCL pills to achieve an acid balance in the stomach to properly digest food and provide the body with the minerals needed. I am also currently taking a digestive enzyme product to aid digestion. I have never had a satisfactory diagnosis of what my digestive problems were.
After getting the stomach balanced, the next step was to provide the intestines with the proper environment for food digestion. I started with the simplest acidophilis formulation. There are many products on the market which deal with the intestinal flora in your gut. Each of us is indeed different and I leave it to you to do due diligence and, probably by trial and error, come up with a product which improves your digestion.
Amino Acids & Digestive Enzymes
Amino acids are the building blocks for all life, also the chemical basis for all protein. Protein is one of the biggest components of our bodies. Our bodies use amino acids to form the proteins which build everything from muscles and bones, skin and hair, to internal organs and fluids. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity.
There are about 20 natural amino acids. These can be divided into two basic groups: essential and non-essential. The essential amino acids are those which your body cannot produce. Your body only gets these through your diet. The nonessential amino acids are just as important, but your liver can manufacture them. If you have more specific questions regarding amino acids, ther is a most excellent website at http://www.vitaminsdiary.com/amino-acids
Those who could benefit from amino acid supplementation are vegetarians, people with allergies, stress-related fatigue, or hypoglycemia. Trouble digesting food could be a signal of a diminishment in the production of digestive enzymes. This could lead to poor nutrition because one's body cannot digest food at full capacity. In essence, one's body needs some amino acids in order to get amino acids from food.
Whey Protein Supplements
Whey protein is a natural protein made from cow’s milk, highly valued by nutritionists and serious athletes alike because it provides an excellent source of the essential amino acids needed to fuel the body and maintain muscle mass. It is naturally low in fat and cholesterol, and contains little to no lactose. An adequate supply of amino acids is essential to the growth and maintenance of all bodily tissues, including bone, muscle, skin, and nails.
Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
For many centuries extracts of milk thistle have been recognized as "liver tonics.". Research into the biological activity of silymarin and its possible medical uses has been conducted in many countries since the 1970s, but the quality of the research has been uneven. Milk thistle has been reported to have protective effects on the liver and to greatly improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), toxin-induced liver damage, and gallbladder disorders.
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