Digestion

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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. Mastica
      Traditionally, mastic has been used as a food preservative, for dyspepsia and other disorders of the digestive tract, to prevent dental caries and other gum and mouth problems, and to help control diabetes. In Europe mastic gum has been used to help normalize cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels, as well as in the preparation of ointments for skin problems, including burns, eczema and frost-bite. Because Mastic gum is valuable for oral hygiene, it is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, and as a component in dental fillings. Pharmaceutical companies use it in the production of pills and capsules, in self-absorbing surgical threads, and doctors use it for sticking a septic bandage on a surgical wound. The Kurds add mastic to their drink arac, similar to the Greeksメ ouzo, to prevent damage to the stomach. This wide range of application points to mastic gumメs toxicological safety. Many modern researchers have confirmed some of the traditional uses of mastic gum, including its roles in oral health and healthy digestive functioning. Researchers at the University of Nottingham used mastic gum in...
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    2. Saccharomyces Boulardii
      There is a growing body of documentation in the scientific and medical literature pertaining to the role of S. boulardii in supporting intestinal health issuesナ
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    3. Berberine & Grapefruit 60c

      Berberine and Grapefruit Seed is a broad spectrum herbal formula with standardised extracts of berberine and grapefruit seed. The herbs in this formula have traditionally been used to help maintain a balance of micro-flora in the gastrointestinal tract.

       

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    4. Berberine & Grapefruit 120c

      Berberine and Grapefruit Seed is a broad spectrum herbal formula with standardised extracts of berberine and grapefruit seed. The herbs in this formula have traditionally been used to help maintain a balance of micro-flora in the gastrointestinal tract.

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    5. Advanced Probiotic Support

      Advanced Probiotic Support 'your friendly digestive bacteria'

      Not all probiotics are the same! With Advanced Probiotic Support from NHP you are getting a high strength, high quality source of beneficial bacterial for balancing digestive health and supporting your immune system.

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      £32.77
    6. HCl & Pepsin 90 Capsules
      HCl & Pepsin is a combination of betaine hydrochloride and pepsin encapsulated allowing for quicker release of the ingredients. HCl & Pepsin is deliberately low potency to allow flexibility in adjusting intake according to individual requirements.
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    7. Biocidin Forte

      A Yugoslavian physicist discovered the benefits of grapefruit seed extract over twelve years ago. This seed oil extract has been used to help maintain the correct balance of intestinal microflora. Biocidin Forte provides a concentrated form of grapefruit seed extract and is best used in conjunction with a...

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    8. Liquid Biocidin
      A Yugoslavian physicist discovered the benefits of grapefruit seed extract over twelve years ago. This seed oil extract has been used to help maintain the correct balance of intestinal microflora. Biocidin Forte provides a concentrated form of grapefruit seed extract and is best used in conjunction with a...
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    9. BioCarbonate 90 Caps
      BioCarbonate provides carbonates in the form of sodium and potassium salts.
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    10. Lipozyme
      Lipozyme provides lipase to help breakdown fats in the diet to a more assimilable form. The function of lipase is to digest fats and break them down into a form which can be absorbed by the body i.e into glycerol and fatty acids. Lipase is normally secreted by the pancreas and the small intestine. Lipozyme may be helpful when the diet is high in fats, placing a burden on the digestion. Fat-soluble vitamins such as A,E,D and K are absorbed more efficiently from the...
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