The large intestine (also known as the bowel or colon) stores waste and
prepares it to be expelled from the body. While potentially an unpopular
discussion topic, the health of this organ is absolutely vital to the health and
well-being of the whole body.
Many nutrients and herbs support intestinal health. Today we’ll focus on
three: aloe vera, fiber and probiotics (friendly microflora).
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Plant
The succulent aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) plant is widely known as a hardy
plant that can thrive in arid climates. The leaves of the aloe vera contain a
gel-like liquid that runs out freely after you slice open the leaf. This juice
naturally contains many biologically active compounds, including tannins,
anthraquinones and resins. Aloe vera juice supports the digestion and absorption
of food and nourishes the intestinal system. It may also provide soothing and
toning properties to the sensitive tissues lining the gastrointestinal tract.
The bowel houses waste and toxins and can easily become irritated, especially in
the presence of acidic material. Aloe Vera juice can provide soothing support
for these sensitive tissues.
Aloe Vera Juice is certified by the International Aloe
Science Council. This non-profit trade organization represents the best of the
aloe vera industry world-wide. The IASC seal on our bottles signifies the
content and purity of our aloe product.
Fiber is Essential
Soluble fiber dissolves in water and
forms a gel, which slows digestion and provides a feeling of fullness. Psyllium
hulls, the outer shell of the Plantago ovata plant, contain more soluble fiber
than any natural grain…as much as eight times that of popular oat bran. When
mixed with fluids, these hulls swell and exert a gentle pressure on intestinal
walls, stimulating them to contract normally and help remove waste from the
colon. This added bulk may also absorb bowel toxins, helps keep intestinal walls
clear of debris, and helps maintain already-normal cholesterol levels. When
taken with a meal, psyllium hulls slow digestion and absorption, so sugars from
food enter the bloodstream more gradually. This may help to maintain
already-normal balance in blood-sugar levels.
The American Dietetic Association recommends that adults get 20–35 grams of
fiber per day for optimal intestinal health and elimination. Most Americans only
get 5–14 grams per day—far less than the recommendation. (http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/)
NSP Psyllium Hulls
are available in easy-to-swallow capsules or in a bulk
powder, combined with hibiscus flower and licorice root.
Additional fiber products
Probiotics, or Friendly Flora
Probiotics, or friendly flora, are microscopic creatures that live mainly in
the human gastrointestinal tract. The human body is host to literally billions
of these “bugs” and to their not-so-friendly counterparts. Their influence on
intestinal health is often substantial. Probiotics help the human host in a
variety of ways.
- They help support digestion and can improve nutrient absorption so you
get more benefit from the food you eat.
- Friendly flora promote immunity, battling unfriendly flora for living
space and nutrients in the gut.
- They also greatly support intestinal function. They aid in the
elimination of toxins, break down fecal matter and produce certain vitamins
as metabolic byproducts
In short, they can’t live without us, and we really need them too! This is
called a symbiotic relationship. A natural, delicate balance of microflora in
the gut creates harmony.
Supplementing with quality probiotics helps replenish these friendly fighters
and is especially recommended after colon cleansing and use of certain
medications. NSP Probiotic Eleven contains 11 strains of friendly flora and
helps replenish faltering colonies in the gut.
Bifidophilus® Flora Force
supplies 4 billion friendly bacteria per capsule of four beneficial strains of
Fresh Foods and Whole Grains
Taking good care of your intestinal system includes a healthful diet of fresh
foods and whole grains plus adequate water intake. Key supplements also lend a
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