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The Gut Decision That Could Save Your Digestive Health
By Lorin Shields-Michel – Healthy Living Article

We’ve all made them—gut decisions that are based not on facts but on feelings. Somehow you just know that what you’ve decided is right. You feel it… in your gut. But there is another kind of gut decision you can make, one that focuses specifically what your digestive system needs in order to function properly and healthily.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all suffered from some type of digestive ailment. Perhaps it was a case of constipation, or the opposite, diarrhea. Some people suffer from more extreme and chronic problems. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive problems, some so severe that approximately 234,000 die each year. There are 14 million hospitalizations each year, at a cost of nearly $107,000 billion annually. As many as 1.9 million people are disabled because of their digestive health. One person who suffered from debilitating digestive health was Jordan Rubin, the bestselling author and founder of Garden of Life health supplements.

About Jordan Rubin

Jordan Rubin was 19 years old when he was struck with Crohn’s disease, an abnormal inflammation of the small bowel and colon that causes the intestinal wall to thicken, ultimately rendering the intestinal tract incapable of absorbing nutrients. A healthy and robust teen until that time, Rubin went from 180 pounds all the way down to 104. Literally starving to death because of his body’s inability to retain and absorb the nutrients essential for life, Rubin tried conventional medicine, then alternative medicine, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a two-year journey that he describes as being “trapped in a prison of my own body.” Finally, he turned to the Bible and discovered that some of nature’s best remedies for health come from the earth. Some may consider them gifts from God, but the founder of Garden of Life also considers them gifts to humanity.

“Jordan believes, indeed all of us at Garden of Life believe, that there is a spiritual, emotional and physical connection between the gut and the brain,” explains Roberta Modena, vice president of marketing for Garden of Life. “If you feed your gut what it needs to be healthy, your brain is able to function better, stronger and smarter. This is something Jordan found out with his near-fatal bout with Crohn’s. It left him delirious at one point. But once he started feeding his body the microflora and enzymes needed, he began to recover. This is the foundation behind our digestive aid products, Primal Defense Ultra probiotics & Omega-Zyme Ultra digestive enzymes.”

About Digestion

Digestion begins in the mouth where our saliva contains the digestive enzyme amylase. When we chew food, we break it down into smaller particles so that it can be digested. If people don’t chew food thoroughly because they eat quickly or because they have problems with their teeth, they may increase the burden on the digestive organs, including the stomach, small intestine, the gallbladder, liver and pancreas.

The stomach mechanically mixes food. It also releases substances that chemically break down food, such as hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid, often called stomach acid, helps digest proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals, maintains the acidity of the stomach, and helps kill bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Next, enzymes from the pancreas and small intestine are released into the small intestine to continue the digestion process and to enable the body to absorb carbohydrates, fat and protein. In addition, bile salts secreted from the gallbladder help with the digestion and absorption of fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

The small intestine is the primary organ involved in the absorption of nutrients. Anything that interferes with the secretion of enzymes or bile salts, or disrupts the absorptive walls of the small intestine may result in vitamin and protein deficiencies as well as a host of other issues.

There are a number of things that happen between eating and eliminating waste. The preceding is only an overview. When problems arise is when you’re not feeding your body what it needs in order to properly digest food and keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Naturally, eating a healthy, balanced diet helps. But external factors like stress can contribute to digestive problems. Those problems can range from acid reflux disease to chronic liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome (the dreaded IBS) to pancreatitis to name only a few.

In addition to food, you need to feed your body a steady diet of probiotics and digestive enzymes. Luckily both are available in two new innovations from Garden of Life: Primal Defense Ultra and Omega-Zyme Ultra.

Probiotics

Probiotics (from “pro” meaning positive and “biotic” meaning life) are living microflora that play a critical role in maintaining good digestive health. Probiotics, which are the opposite of antibiotics, are actually present in many live foods, but are often destroyed by heat processing. These live probiotic cultures populate the intestinal tract and play a positive role in digestive and immune system health. How do they do that? By supporting normal intestinal comfort and function; helping maintain a healthy, balanced immune system; and helping support a normal gastrointestinal balance between good and potentially bad bacteria.

“In Primal Defense Ultra, we have created the ultimate high-potency, broad-spectrum probiotic formula,” says Modena. “It provides a 15 billion live cell count of 13 different organisms including soil-based probiotics called Homeostatic™ Soil Organisms.”

Homeostatic Soil Organisms are super probiotics that restore balance to the gastrointestinal tract. They activate and encourage gut restoration by attaching themselves to the intestinal mucosa. On the gut wall they reproduce to form colonies that essentially eat any harmful bacteria and other pathological microorganisms.

Primal Defense Ultra includes probiotic species like Bacillus subtilis to support a healthy lactic acid bacteria count and healthy pH levels in the gut. The formula also includes Saccharomyces boulardii to produce certain nutrients that nourish the intestinal mucosa, promoting a healthy intestine while supporting the normal barrier function of the intestinal epithelium. Translation: it arms the front line of the body’s defense system with ammunition to fight the bad stuff.

Enzymes

Enzymes are living catalysts that are present in all whole live foods but, once again, are destroyed by cooking and processing. These digestive enzymes break down foods into nutrients your body can use.
Modena says, “Our Omega-Zyme Ultra contains 21 digestive enzymes specifically selected to digest the full range of proteins, fats and carbohydrates found in a typical meal. By supporting the complete digestion of food for gastrointestinal health, regularity and normal bowel function, these enzymes also help to unlock the nutritional value of the foods we consume.”

The enzymes included in Omega-Zyme Ultra run a virtual relay race, where one enzyme passes off to another to another until the race for good digestive health is won. This relay system enables enzymes to survive the high acidity levels in the stomach and be delivered to the small intestine intact and biologically active. The result delivers maximum digestive results.

The Ultra in Digestive Health

These two advanced supplements from Garden of Life work together to provide the probiotics and digestive enzymes necessary for maintaining good digestive health. It could be the upgrade you’ve been waiting for.

The best way to support gut health is through both enzymes and probiotics. Enzymes break down the food while probiotics make sure things are flowing properly. They provide balance in the intestinal tract. Primal Defense Ultra and Omega-Zyme Ultra deliver a one-two punch to knock out digestive problems.

“People are becoming more and more aware of what’s happening in their gut,” says Modena. “From immune system irregularities to allergies to a general feeling of lethargy, all can be traced to poor gut health. Listen to your gut. That’s where things happen. When you start to understand that taking better care of the gut will eventually produce better feelings and better health, you’ll also feel lighter on your feet because things are moving the way they should.”

Modena and the team at Garden of Life believe that probiotics may very well be the multivitamin of the twenty-first century. They are perhaps the single most important thing you can do to create better gut health. The second most important thing is enzymes. The synergy between the two will help to sustain digestive pH levels.

Both supplements are available in UltraZorbe™ capsules and in BioProtect™ packaging. The formulas are 100 percent vegetarian, and the state-of-the-art UltraZorbe capsules are free from all chemical solvents, animal by-products and colorants often found in other delivery systems. The research conducted by Garden of Life suggests that UltraZorbe capsules dissolve in the stomach, releasing the contents of the capsule at the most opportune time to support optimal nutrient absorption.
As for BioProtect packaging, this represents another innovation for Garden of Life. The glass bottles protect the cultures from oxygen and moisture infiltration, ensuring freshness, potency of the formulas, and overall integrity. Inside is an oxygen absorber to find and bind free oxygen, and a desiccant to absorb moisture, which can reduce and accelerate nutrient degradation. You’ll also find a double safety seal to protect the product from tampering and to further preserve freshness.

Whether you’re suffering from a diagnosed digestive issue or whether you simply want better digestive health, Primal Defense Ultra and Omega-Zyme Ultra are the dynamic duo you need to keep your internal body moving and grooving. That’s a gut decision worth making every day.

The statements contained in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information contained here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this article are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, meant for diagnosing illness, or for prescriptive purposes. Readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider before beginning any cleanse, diet, detoxification program, or any supplement regimen. The information in this document is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

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