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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  • Acidophilus Powder 60g

    Acidophilus Powder 60g

    In powder form containing 4 billion viable organisms of Lactobacillus acidophilus per gram (1/4 teaspoon) in a base of fructooligosaccharides (F.O.S.) .....

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  • ADP 120T (OREGANO OIL)

    ADP 120T (OREGANO OIL)

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  • ADP 60T (OREGANO OIL)

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  • Advanced Probiotic Support

    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. The daily dose o.....

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  • Beetroot Extract 90 Capsules

    Beetroot Extract 90 Capsules

    Beetroot Extract provides a potent source of freeze-dried Beetroot. Beetroot has been part of the diet for over 2000 years and naturally contains a range of vitamins and minerals so this can be used as a gentle food-form multinutrient. .....

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  • Berberine & Grapefruit 120c

    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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  • Berberine & Grapefruit 60c

    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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  • Bio-Kult Probiotic 120c

    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 functi.....

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  • Bio-Kult Probiotic 60c

    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 functi.....

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  • BioAcidophilus 120 Capsules

    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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  • BioAcidophilus 60 Caps

    BioAcidophilus 60 Caps

    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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  • BioAcidophilus Forte 30 Caps

    BioAcidophilus Forte 30 Caps

    BioAcidophilus Forte provides 30 billion live probiotic bacteria per capsule including the clinically researched LAB4 blend. Suitable for those wishing to use a premium strength probiotic. .....

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