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Tips for Good Digestion

digestionChew, chew and chew some more. Digestion starts in the mouth. Food has to be well broken down to be properly absorbed and there are no teeth in your stomach.

  • Don’t drink with meals as you’ll dilute your much-needed stomach acid and digestive enzymes
  • Avoid using antacids. Heartburn is often a sign of low stomach acid, which will be reduced even further with antacids. Try taking digestive enzymes with meals instead

Good digestion is the cornerstone of optimal health. Nutrients needed to nourish every cell in the body must come from the food that we eat. When the digestive system is not functioning well, the result can be detrimental to the whole body.

There are many times in life when your digestive system may need a little assistance. For example, stress can disrupt the digestive process by reducing digestive secretions and slowing the movement of food through the system.

Digestive aids play a specific role in the process of supporting the different stages of digestion, absorption and elimination. Also, because each one of us is unique, Solgar provides various formulas to meet your individual needs.

Probiotics

The digestive tract is home to billions of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. A healthy digestive tract contains approximately 2 lbs of these microscopic organisms. They help to prevent colonisation of the gut by unfriendly bacteria, yeast and parasites whilst feeding on fibre to create organic acids that can be used for energy production by the gut and help maintain a healthy intestinal environment. Research shows that probiotic supplements are a convenient and effective way of replenishing levels of beneficial bacteria.

Digestive Enzymes

Without sufficient digestive enzymes, food will not be properly broken down and absorbed. Undigested food particles promote unfriendly bacteria, leading to flatulence, bloating and a host of other digestive conditions. Undigested proteins have the potential to become allergens, leading to reactions and intolerances to certain foods. Digestive enzymes can be taken with foods to help with the breakdown and absorption of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.