That’s the most basic formula for a healthy digestive tract.
Proper intestinal motility means that the digesting food moves smoothly along the length of the intestines until it can be eliminated. Muscles and nerves work together to make it happen, but when something goes wrong, you can feel the effects as bloating, cramping, diarrhea, or constipation.
Dietary fiber plays an important role in motility. While most Americans believe they consume enough fiber, surveys show that only 5% of the population really does.
This has led health researchers and educators to identify a fiber gap in the American diet and propose ways to close it. One recommendation is to simply add one more serving of a high-fiber food to one meal each day.
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The Gut Wellness Program at the Global Wellness Lab is a 10 week program designed to help you and your practitioner restore the balance in your microbiome and your body as a whole.
Keep it cool
Keeping it cool means shutting down inflammatory processes that occur in the gastrointestinal tract. Many chronic gastrointestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, feature inflammation. Controlling inflammation helps protect tissues, prevent damage, and ease symptoms. An anti-inflammatory diet, especially one that controls blood sugar, is essential, and phytosterols and certain herbs can also reduce inflammation.
Your intestines are home to what should be a thriving community of bacteria that enhances immunity, manufactures neurotransmitters for the brain, and helps to fully digest food. Balancing this microbiome by promoting beneficial bacteria and eliminating harmful yeast and bacteria overgrowth can improve your digestion and your overall health.
our top picks for fiber, anti-inflammatory, & probiotic supplements
Dynamic Intestinal Cleanse:
This powdered supplement contains herbs like psyllium husk, rose hips, and senna leaf to gently get your digestion moving. Fennel seed, papaya leaf, and peppermint help reduce gas and bloating. Buckthorn protects the mucosal lining while barberry and celery seed aid digestion. Be sure to take it as directed in at least 10 ounces of water.
Fiber is important for optimal digestion, heart health, and weight management. In this fiber formula, apple pectin, oat, and psyllium are combined with rice bran that acts as a prebiotic—that is, it feeds the beneficial bacteria living in the gut. It offers the digestive tract benefits of fiber plus the additional positive effects on the immune system, gut, and brain that come from healthy intestinal flora.
This is one of our go-to favorites for a variety of conditions. It’s a ready-to-mix meal-replacement drink with a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that’s designed to calm inflammatory processes in your body. In addition to supplying important vitamins and minerals, it’s packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs like turmeric, rosemary, ginger, and broccoli sprouts.
Immune PRP Pro:
To supercharge your gut recovery and repair program, use this bovine colostrum product to improve immunity and strengthen your intestinal tract. Colostrum contains 20 different growth factors that can speed the healing of the intestinal lining. A component of bovine colostrum, PRP (proline-rich polypeptide) calms inflammatory processes in the gut and throughout the body.
For those who prefer to take their probiotics in capsule form, we recommend this supplement, which features a comprehensive seven-strain blend of gut-supporting microbial organisms. These are some of the most embraced strains for human wellness, backed up by research that suggests these good bacteria can help you achieve and maintain a healthy gut microbiome, promote a healthy inflammatory response, bolster immunity, and aid digestive functions.
The good bacteria in your GI tract help it metabolize food, absorb nutrients, and keep foreign microbes in check. This multi-strain probiotic formula contains Bifidobacterium lactis, which appear to be the most important organisms in the intestine for promoting a healthy intestinal lining. It also contains multiple strains of Lactobacillus, which have been shown to alleviate the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.