The path to a healthy life is through your stomach. Your digestive system is your engine, a highly evolved system designed to pull nutrients out of your food, distribute them to your body, and collect and eliminate waste. It has evolved over millions of years to function best in certain way, creating energy from whole foods.
The problem? Today’s lifestyles and the highly processed foods and sugars that have been introduced to our system in the last 50 years can stress your digestive system causing all kinds of issues around immunity, nutrient absorption and energy production.
Natural Choice advisors know how to create a more harmonious and healthy balance that builds digestive health. They will begin by asking questions, like is your goal general health or are you treating a specific condition? What kind of foods are you eating? Have you taken probiotics or enzymes before? Eating whole foods, and supplementing with probiotics and enzymes for prime gut health, can help you in countless ways, from weight management to strong immunity, and a Natural Choice advisor will help find the right solutions for you.
Your gut is full of live bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are good bacteria that support gut health. Taking probiotics can sustain the good bacteria in your gut, or replace the good bacteria you lose when taking antibiotics. Probiotics are beneficial in helping with conditions like:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Skin conditions
• Urinary and vaginal health
• Preventing allergies and colds
You can get probiotics through some foods, like yogurt and fermented foods, as well as through taking supplements. A Natural Choice advisor will work with you to determine the best probiotic options for you from a broad range of options, both refrigerated and shelf-stable:
• Renew Life Ultimate Flora
• Garden of Life
• Genuine Health - Prebiotics+Fibre
Your body - mouth, stomach, small intestine and pancreas - creates enzymes to help break down food so it is easier to absorb vital nutrients. Enzymes like lipase break down fats, amylase breaks down carbs and peptidases and proteases break down proteins. These enzymes break nutrients into molecules small enough to be efficiently absorbed into your blood through the small intestine. When your body can’t make enough enzymes, you can’t properly absorb nutrients, leading to issues like bloating, flatulence or diarrhea.
Your Natural Choice advisor can help you in two ways. First, they can advise on whole foods that will help keep your digestive health at its peak, like Swedish bitters. Second, they can provide advice on supplements that can enhance enzyme production, or replace enzymes, like:
• Prairie Naturals
• Renew Life
There are Natural Choice experts waiting to help you get on, and stay on, a path to better digestive health. To see advisor bios, click here. Or to find the Co-op nearest you with a Natural Choice advisor, just click on the map below.
We advise calling ahead to ensure an advisor is available.