Problems with digestion?
You’re not alone.
According to the US National Institutes of Health, 60-70 million people are affected by digestive diseases of some kind. This results in over 100 million hospital visits per year.
Somewhat surprisingly, over 30% of all ambulatory surgeries are for digestion. 30%!
Other common digestive problems include:
- Chronic constipation – over 60 million American affected
- Hemorrhoids – over 75 million
- Irritable bowel disease and Inflammatory bowel diseases – over 16 million
Need we say more?
Fortunately, there are some excellent natural products to deal with these conditions. They fall under some general categories:
Enzymes – Enzymes are basically proteins that help break other proteins into smaller pieces, making them easier to digest. Our digestive tract is loaded with enzymes for digesting our food. Unfortunately, our digestive enzymes can be out of balance, or may be insufficient to deal with a particular challenge, such as hemorrhoids and constipation.
Because enzymes are already a natural part of our digestion, enzyme-containing supplements can be a perfect alternative to dangerous prescription drugs, such as steroids.
Fiber – Fiber is critical in our diet for two reasons. One is to help lower our cholesterol. But the second is that fiber helps draw water into our intestines. This water, in turn, helps digest food and softens the stool before excretion. A lack of fiber can cause a number of digestive problems, with hemorrhoids and constipation being he main ones.
Anti-Inflammatories – A number of digestive tract diseases, like irritable bowel disease, are actually caused by inflammation within the intestines. Anti-inflammatory steroids work well for these conditions, but they are loaded with side effects. Natural anti-inflammatories, like curcumin, are a sensible alternative, especially when steroids need to be avoided.
However, you’ll also find some new products there, such as GI Digest, a unique blend of digestive enzymes for lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, celiac diseases, and a number of other potential uses.
We’ll be adding more products to this section in the coming months.