Beat the Bloat

Indigestion covers a variety of symptoms from cramping in the stomach, to heartburn, bloating, wind, belching, and even pain in the bowel. It is usually a sign that the digestive system is having difficulty coping with breaking down food, and this is frequently due to a lack of stomach acid and digestive enzymes in the small intestine. The problem can be made worse if you eat too quickly and don’t chew food thoroughly. Overeating, drinking to excess, eating poor food combinations, or eating when stressed all exacerbate indigestion. Our digestive processes are only fully functional when our nerves system is relaxed so when we are stressed enzyme activity decreases significantly, which can lead to various symptoms including bloating. 

 

What are digestive enzymes and how can they help?

Digestive enzymes act like scissors to break down food (fats, proteins, carbohydrates, starches, milk sugars) into their basic building blocks so that they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body and cells.  By maximising nutrient absorption, they improve energy and reduce hunger. Undigested food can putrefy in the intestines, feeding undesirable micro-organisms which produce gas, bloating and toxins detrimental to the body. When undigested food particles are absorbed into the blood stream, the immune system produces antibodies to attack them along with secondary effects like inflammation, pains, migraines, rashes, asthma, behavioural changes and other symptoms of food intolerance / allergy. Diets lacking in raw foods and heavily processed / packaged foods devoid of essential enzymes often leads to symptoms of indigestion, bloating, acid reflux, IBS, fatigue and candida. By supplementing with digestive enzymes you support the digestive system by breaking down food into its basic building blocks for proper assimilation. 

What are microbiotics and how can they help?

Microbiotics are the “good” or “friendly” bacteria that are normal inhabitants of the intestinal tract. Although the word bacteria are usually associated with germs and illness, friendly bacteria help the body to function, maintain health and fight infection. “Bad” or “pathogenic” bacteria on the other hand, can cause intestinal microflora imbalances and lead to symptoms such as bloating, intestinal infections, yeast imbalance, constipation, diarrhoea and flactulence. Research is establishing the importance of supplementing with Microbiotics. They not only help to balance out the gut bacteria, but they help to support the immune function of the gut, produce antioxidants, aid nutrition through the enhanced breakdown and absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and they synthesize the B vitamins, which are necessary for a healthy nervous system. 

Super 8 Hi Count Microbiotics

One of the highest strength microbiotic formulas available on the UK market is Udo’s Choice Super 8. Each capsule contains 42 billion viable cells at time of manufacture, consisting of eight different strains of bacteria with a higher concentration of lactobacillus acidophilus and a focus on strains which benefit upper bowel health. Udo’s Choice Super 8 is especially formulated to address yeast imbalances (candida), intestinal infection and for use after high-dose broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Digestive Enzymes

Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzyme Blend contains seven active plant-based enzymes to assist the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, soluble fibre, starch, milk sugar and fermentable carbohydrates, also known as oligosaccharides. This blend aids healthy digestion and nutrient absorption and can help to beat that heavy, sluggish, post-meal feeling.