2015 October 2 by Julie
We were proud to be part of this really great event, which was hosted at the UCT Campus.
2015 August 24 by Julie
The word ‘probiotics’ is of Greek origin meaning ‘for life’. Probiotics are the beneficial micro-organisms (in most cases bacteria) in our intestinal tract that fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases. These healthy bacteria are pro life or add health to life. It is important to build and maintain large colonies of these friendly bacteria so that they can keep your digestive tract clean and healthy by promoting optimal digestion and preventing build-up of toxic waste materials.
Ensuring healthy gut and colon function through probiotic supplementation ensures a healthy digestive system and a stronger, more responsive immune system; resulting in an overall improved quality of health and well-being. Poor diet, too much alcohol, antibiotic treatment, hormones, bacterial infections and stress can all upset the natural balance of bacteria in your gut and can play havoc with the delicate balance of intestinal flora. Colon health is basically helping the healthy bacteria far outnumber the pathogenic bacteria (harmful bugs).
Digestive problems arise when the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria is not ideal. Your body has ways of letting you know when your bacterial ratios are not ideal, including bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, excess gas and stomach cramping. When this occurs, it is generally a sign that you need to increase the amount of probiotics. They will provide the good bacteria required to minimize the harmful effects of bad bacteria.
A probiotic supplement acts to maintain and replenish the balance of microflora in the intestinal tract. A healthy intestinal tract with a balanced microflora can boost the immune system, keep pathogenic diseases of the intestinal tract in check, maintain normal bowel movements and prevent poor digestion and bloating. Probiotics are also effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
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Don’t let colon issues disrupt your life. Get the balance right and use PROBIOTICS to support digestive health.
2015 August 17 by Julie
Your colon is incredibly important when it comes to general health and well-being. If you are suffering from any digestive ailments you will realize how disruptive it can be and how desperate one feels to get relief from the symptoms. Good nutrition is an important aspect of good colon health. The same healthy lifestyle habits recommended for weight loss like a balanced, healthy diet, regular exercise, hydration with plenty of water, limiting & managing stress & getting sufficient sleep all impact on promoting colon health. Take a natural approach to dealing with colon issues.
Constipation is a very common disorder where you have difficulty emptying your bowels. If you have hard, dry stools that are difficult or painful to pass or you have infrequent bowel movements then these symptoms need to be addressed. Don’t rush for the laxatives as they can be harmful to the colon and make it lazy. Take a look at your diet first. Eat plenty of fibre – vegetables, fruit, legumes and wholegrains – as they help bulk up stools so they can move easily through your digestive tract. A psyllium husk (isphagula) supplement is highly recommended. It comes from the Plantago ovata plant and these seed coverings (husks) are a very effective soluble bulking fibre. Once ingested, it swells and forms a gelatin like mass that helps transport waste smoothly through the intestinal tract.
Studies also suggest that this natural plant extract can be effective for the following:
Weight loss – may enhance the sensation of fullness, reduce hunger cravings
Regulates blood sugar levels for diabetics
Managing cholesterol levels
Heart health – lowers blood pressure, improves lipid levels, and strengthens heart muscle
Another word of advice – Never suppress the desire to go! Stools and gas build up if you don’t respond to your toilet needs immediately. The longer you delay, the harder your stools become and the more constipated you’ll be.
If you are suffering from diarrhoea at the other end of the scale and passing looser or more frequent stools than is normal, then psyllium husk is also an effective remedy. It soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, making the stool firmer and slower to pass.
Bloating can be a symptom of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a pre-menstrual condition due to hormone fluctuations or a result of stress. Peppermint is known as an anti-acid and a digestive aid. This herb has the effect of soothing & relaxing the ‘smooth’ muscles in the walls of the intestine. It can be used to reduce cramping, bloating and excessive flatulence.
Never underestimate the power of probiotics for dealing with digestive ailments. Do not upset the natural balance of bacteria in your gut through poor diet and lifestyle choices. Build and maintain these friendly bacteria and let them keep your digestive track clean and healthy.
A last tip is to drink lots of water. It will help lubricate your digestive system, move waste along smoothly and ensure that soft stools are expelled with ease.
A trip to the toilet should be hassle free and not something you dread because you experience pain, discomfort or embarrassment. Take good care of your colon because you do not want to be a statistic in the growing number of colorectal cancer sufferers.
2015 August 5 by Julie
Your colon (also known as your large intestine) is a hollow tube about 5 feet long found at the end of the digestive tract. It functions like a powerful waste- storage organ in your body and is responsible for making and storing stools. It moves digested food and waste along by a wave like motion known as peristalsis.The colon is the final stop in your food’s journey through the digestive tract. It is the colon’s job to absorb fluid, electrolytes (salts) and fatty acids from indigestible food residue and produce solid waste for elimination. The colon is also home to beneficial bacteria.
This organ is like the ‘gut brain’ that helps control digestion. Millions of nerve cells sense when food is eaten and respond accordingly. Digestive secretions are adjusted, nutrients are absorbed and a message is sent to the brain to tell it what is going on.
Proper elimination of waste is an essential function of life and herein lays the importance of colon health. If bowel movements are not regular and the digestive system is not working properly, the waste products and toxins accumulate and can compromise our health. Then the body cannot be nourished properly and many health ailments come from poor diet, digestion and elimination.
Waste remaining in the colon longer than it should results in fermentation and putrefaction which may produce harmful bacteria and other toxins that negatively impact the body. Transit time of foods from consumption to elimination should be around 24 hours. Waste must not be left to stagnate in the colon. If we provide our bodies with good nutrition that is adequately absorbed and eliminate waste via a system that is not slow or stagnant, then we can build a healthy body and maintain the perfect balance of growth and life.
Your colon is your key to good health and keeping your colon clean has a number of health benefits:
- Lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, colitis, diverticulitis
- More efficient absorption of water and minerals
- Less flatulence and bad breath
- Your abdomen will feel light and comfortable instead of bloated and sore
Unfortunately, poor intestinal health is a reality for many and easiHEALTH aims to give support with a 4-in-1 supplement, COLON capsules. Try this product and help bring health to your colon and your body.