“Sara, my stomach starts out flat in the morning and slowly grows with bloat and aches. By the end of the day, I look pregnant and have pain. To add to it, I am so constipated! I can’t figure out what to eat and when to eat to make it any better…Help!
Whether you have a little gas, constipation, or something more severe like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Disease, or Crohn’s disease, the symptoms can range from being uncomfortable to completely debilitating.
According to Dr. Mercola, an estimated 1.6 million Americans struggle with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis; 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. That doesn’t include the rest of us who just suffer from minor symptoms!
Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are characterized by symptoms including:
- Frequent Diarrhea or Constipation
- Abdominal Cramps and Severe Pain
- Rectal Bleeding
- Weight Loss or Weight Gain
- Nausea and Fever
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease are Autoimmune diseases that can have serious consequences if left unaddressed. The symptoms associated with these conditions are caused by Inflammation in your intestines, which also increases your risk of intestinal blockages, abscesses, bowel perforation and colon cancer.
Why Is There Such a Rise In Cases of Digestive Issues?
The American lifestyle incorporates so many threats to our Gut Bacteria, that our Immune Systems are chronically on “high alert” for the next attack. Whether it is refined sugar, antibiotics, the pesticides in our food, or the toxins in our air that we breathe, our Gut bacteria and overall Immune system (80% of which resides in the GUT) is constantly under attack.
Consider this: When you are constantly under attack (by stress from work or a tiger chasing you), what do you do? Your senses are heightened as you stay in a constant state of “fight or flight” and have an “over-exaggerated” response to anything that may or may not be a true threat. The Immune system reacts the same. Once it has been damaged, it will constantly stay in that “Inflammatory state” and have an Auto-Immune or over-exaggerated response to anything, whether it is a true threat or not.
Furthermore, a number of Gut bacteria and Fungi have been identified as playing a role in IBD. Gut bacteria also influence your Immune responses and play a role in Celiac disease, Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities. IBD is associated with Mal-absorption and Malnutrition, which can result in bone fractures and bone diseases such as Osteopenia and Osteoporosis in addition to other consequences from malnutrition.
What Can You Do to Heal Your Digestion?
Through Clean eating, Intermittent Fasting, and the Below supplements, the Gut and the Digestive System can be healed. Imagine a day where your Intestines aren’t inflamed, you aren’t gassy, and you aren’t constantly worried about too many or too few Bowel movements!
What To Use To Improve Your Digestive System:
Assist™ Full Spectrum: A high potency plant-based digestive enzyme formula that aids and improves digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, and fibers under a wide range of gastro-intestinal pH and contains 14 different high-potency (activity) enzymes, selected to work synergistically.
Assist™ SI: A high potency formula that bolsters your digestion by delivering more enzymes to where you need them most—in your small intestine. This is where tiny finger-like villi reach out and seize nutrients, pulling them into your bloodstream.
Assist™ Dairy & Protein: A high potency formula that aids in the digestion of proteins from animal foods, dairy foods, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Accelerated Detox Powder: 1) This detoxes the body but has a secondary effect of killing parasites and fungus, 2) cleanses the whole digestive tract and creates regularity, 3) cleans out bad bacteria from the gut and oxygenate the body, 4) helps create mucilage, making stools softer, in additional to coating ulcers, and bringing down inflammation for people with IBS or colitis, and 5) balances the digestive system, regulates bowel movements and balances the Doshas: water, fire and air according to Ayurvedic medicine.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D has been shown to be an important part of the treatment puzzle if you have Crohn’s disease. Low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of Crohn’s, and correcting your vitamin D deficiency has been shown to improve symptoms of the disease.
Netacid: May be used for Hyperacidity, Indigestion, Flatulence, Heartburn, Nausea, Ulcers. Gastric glands present in the stomach secrete acids that help to digest the food. When due to intake of heavy and spicy food there is excessive secretion of acids, an individual experiences acidity. This acidity can be due to various other factors also, such as the presence of ulcers, unwanted growths in the stomach, unhealthy eating habits, faulty dietary plans, etc.
MegaPre™: is the first Precision Prebiotic™supplement made up of clinically tested, non-digestible oligosaccharides that can increase microbial diversity and selectively feed beneficial bacteria like Akkermansia muciniphila, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, and Bifidobacteria.
MegaPre™ reinforces the beneficial microbial changes created by MegaSporeBiotic™ to promote a strong and diverse microbiome.*
MegaSporeBiotic™: is a probiotic blend of 5 Bacillus spores that have been shown to maintain a healthy gut barrier and immune function. The bi-phasic life cycle of the Bacillus spores allows them to remain dormant in harsh environments until they reach more favorable environments like the human gastrointestinal tract. Once inside the large intestine, these dormant spores can change into their active, vegetative forms and begin colonizing in the gut. This unique probiotic blend aims to recondition the gut instead of reseeding with probiotic strains that cannot survive digestion or colonize the gut.
MegaSporeBiotic™ helps control the “bad” bacteria and grow the “good” bacteria. It has been shown to help with E. Coli, Salmonella, H. Pylori and more.
MegaMucosa™: The mucosal system is a very important part of the human immune system. The mucosal system in the intestines contains 150 times more surface area than skin, which makes it an essential element of the immune system that supports healthy immune function. Is the first complete mucosal support supplement of its kind, formulated to support a healthy mucosal barrier. Also contains dairy-free immunoglobulins clinically shown to support a healthy immune system in the mucosa and a state-of-the-art flavobiotic shown to support microbial diversity and short-chain fatty acid production.*
MegaMucosa™ includes: Immunoglobulins: ImmunoLin is a dairy-free immunoglobulin concentrate that supports healthy digestion, detoxification, and intestinal barrier function.
Amino Acids: There are four key amino acids that play an important role in the production of the intestinal mucosa: L-proline, L-serine, L-cysteine, and L-threonine. These four amino acids have been shown to support mucin production and maintain mucin synthesis in the colon, resulting in a thick and healthy mucosal barrier.
Citrus Polyphenols: MicrobiomeX® is a citrus extract with naturally occurring polyphenols that support digestive health and healthy gut barrier function. A clinical study using 500mg of citrus fruit extract found a significant increase in short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) composition, suggesting that citrus polyphenols may help modulate the microbial composition in the gut.
EcoPhage: Supports gut health and gut functions by supporting normal gut microbiota and the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which naturally limits the growth of other harmful bacteria.
KETO: Turns on the Immune System, Heals the Gut (where 80 percent of your Immune System resides), reduces free radicals in the body. As you Intermittent Fast and Drink KETO, your intestinal lining can heal and repair LEAKY GUT.
Accelerated Scalar Copper: Copper serves as an immunity builder by preventing and curing anemia, which enables your body to both defend and heal faster. It also acts as an antioxidant that supports immunity.
RESTORE: helps create a biological environment for good gut bacteria to grow and flourish, to support improvement of overall health and heal Leaky Gut.
Laxa Comfort: Relieves gassiness associated with undigested food, alleviates occasional constipation and maintains regularity, and generally induces bowel movement within 6 to 8 hours. Safe to take daily.
Coriander Oil: Coriander seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses, and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. This oil’s warming effect may be helpful for alleviating muscle aches and pain related to rheumatism, arthritis, and muscle spasms and strains. It may also be used to aid in digestion, ease cramps and convulsions, and treat fungal infections.
Flax Seed Oil: aids in the prevention of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, allergies, arthritis, inflammation, chronic pain, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular health, reducing cholesterol, immune function, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, Lyme Disease, cancer prevention, menopause, skin defense against acne, eczema, and psoriasis; improves health of hair and nails; improves digestion and elimination, improving cognition and concentration, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and other aging diseases, and helping repair cell membranes, amongst a host of other health and wellness-related conditions.
Oxylent: Provides the necessary Vitamins, Minerals, Electrolytes and Amino Acids in a easily absorbed formula to boost the Immune System and help heal the Gut.
Gastro Care: Can be taken as a natural supplement for Gas, Indigestion, Constipation and other common problems associated with poor digestion and formation of gas. It helps to promote healthy gastrointestinal tract and thus healthy assimilation and absorption of food.
Phellostatin: A Digestive tonic with herbs shown to have Anti-Fungal action. There are many active constituents in Phellostatin, providing a broad-based anti-fungal therapy. Varied active components lessen the chance that resistant strains of fungi may arise.
Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.