Digestion

[ICON=digestive.gif] Your digestive tract is similar to a hollow tube that starts in the mouth, follows down your oesophagus, through to the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine or colon and then out via the rectum and the anus. The digestive process starts in the mouth with adequate chewing and mastication. The pulverised food then passes down the oesophagus and into the stomach, which is a small pouch like compartment within which a very abrasive stomach acid is produced. Secure valves are located at either end of the stomach to ensure that stomach acid is restricted to this secure digestive area. The job of the stomach acid is to kill off any potential bacterial or viral invasion within the food and to begin to unravel the more complex protein element found in the food. By the time the food reaches the large colon most nutrients have been taken from it and only left over plant material, waste products from the body and water remain. The large colon acts to solidify these waste residues by re-absorbing any substances the body still needs, which will include some salts and water. If you are de-hydrated, water will be drawn from the stool and constipation may occur. In unhealthy colons the bad bacteria can be more evident and this is sometimes referred to as gut dysbiosis. Another commonly occurring substance within the digestive tract is yeast, which everyone has. Yeast comes in through the food we eat and should (as in the healthy individuals) just migrate up and down this tube with no adverse affects. For healthy digestion and absorption, optimal levels of beneficial bacteria are needed together with digestive enzymes and anti-fungal preparations where needed.
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Digestion

Your digestive tract is similar to a hollow tube that starts in the mouth, follows down your oesophagus, through to the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine or colon and then out via the rectum and the anus. The digestive process starts in the mouth with adequate chewing and mastication. The pulverised food then passes down the oesophagus and into the stomach, which is a small pouch like compartment within which a very abrasive stomach acid is produced. Secure valves are located at either end of the stomach to ensure that stomach acid is restricted to this secure digestive area. The job of the stomach acid is to kill off any potential bacterial or viral invasion within the food and to begin to unravel the more complex protein element found in the food. By the time the food reaches the large colon most nutrients have been taken from it and only left over plant material, waste products from the body and water remain. The large colon acts to solidify these waste residues by re-absorbing any substances the body still needs, which will include some salts and water. If you are de-hydrated, water will be drawn from the stool and constipation may occur. In unhealthy colons the bad bacteria can be more evident and this is sometimes referred to as gut dysbiosis. Another commonly occurring substance within the digestive tract is yeast, which everyone has. Yeast comes in through the food we eat and should (as in the healthy individuals) just migrate up and down this tube with no adverse affects. For healthy digestion and absorption, optimal levels of beneficial bacteria are needed together with digestive enzymes and anti-fungal preparations where needed.
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    1. BioAcidophilus 120 Capsules
      BioAcidophilus is a high potency blend of the LAB4 complex of live probiotic bacteria. Each capsule contains 10 billion viable bacteria, 20 billion per daily intake.
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      £45.99
    2. Spectrumzyme (Enzyme Complex) 90 Caps
      Spectrumzyme is a broad spectrum enzyme complex which includes bromelain, lactase, papain, protease, lipase, gluten protease and amylase. Presented in capsules this formulation is acid stable against stomach acid pH.
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      £29.55
    3. Glutenzyme Plus 30 Caps
      A combination of the enzymes cellulase, protease and amylase along with 1 billion Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus acidophilus live probiotic bacteria in a single capsule.
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      £11.79
    4. Oregano Complex
      Oregano Complex provides multi-systemic and broad spectrum activity in a single capsule. Oregano complex is a combination of concentrated food grade oils. These oils have been freeze-dried and micellised to water-soluble compounds to promote absorption and bioavailability...
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      £28.29
    5. Potassium Citrate 90 Capsules
      Potassium Citrate offers 100mg potassium in citrate form which means it can be absorbed with very little stomach acid. This capsule can be opened and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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      £10.65
    6. Bio-Kult Probiotic 120c

      The healthy body naturally hosts trillions of beneficial bacteria which are probiotic or life supporting.

      Amongst other things they help to support and maintain a strong immune system and a healthy digestive system.

      Today's lifestyle of stress and poor nutrition can compromise these essential functions...

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      £37.98
    7. Bio-Kult Probiotic 60c

      The healthy body naturally hosts trillions of beneficial bacteria which are probiotic or life supporting.

      Amongst other things they help to support and maintain a strong immune system and a healthy digestive system.

      Today's lifestyle of stress and poor nutrition can compromise these essential functions...

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      £19.98
    8. Slippery Elm Plus 90 Capsules
      A combination of slippery elm powder, marshmallow root and gamma oryzanol.
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      £14.55
    9. BioEnzyme 60 Capsules (formerly Digestaid)
      BioEnzyme is a combination of biologically active enzymes which are able to survive the acidic conditions of the stomach. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
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      £20.35
    10. Polyzyme Forteᆴ
      A high potency combination of vegetable-derived enzymes such as bromelain, lipase, protease, amylase, cellulose, lactase and maltase with Lactobacillus acidophilus live probiotic bacteria.
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      £12.65
    11. Polyzyme Forteᆴ
      A high potency combination of vegetable-derived enzymes such as bromelain, lipase, protease, amylase, cellulose, lactase and maltase with Lactobacillus acidophilus live probiotic bacteria.
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      £32.75
    12. L-Glutamine 500mg 90c

      Lamberts® L-Glutamine capsules are a convenient and easy way to supplement the diet with this fascinating amino acid. Our capsules are made in the UK to pharmaceutical GMP standards and are suitable for vegetarians. If you require high daily doses of L-Glutamine then you should look at Lamberts® powdered L-Glutamine which is much cheaper per gram, has a very mild savoury taste and can be sprinkled on food or mixed in to drinks.

      Glutamine is the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acid in the body and it can be derived from glutamic acid, another member of the amino acid family. Both glutamine and glutamic acid can be found in protein-rich foods such as red meat, nuts and fish. Different tissues in the body have different requirements for L-Glutamine and the most eager consumers of glutamine are the cells of intestines, whilst muscles are known to be high producers of L-Glutamine.

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