Proper digestion, absorption, and elimination are all part of a healthy digestive system. A healthy digestive system not only ensures that we effectively absorb nutrients from our food, but is also extremely important for healthy immune functioning.
The digestive process begins primarily in the stomach, and includes the pancreas, the liver, and the biliary system. Here various enzymes and bile acids combine with stomach acids to begin the process of digesting foods and absorbing nutrients. Additional nutrients are then absorbed in the middle and lower intestines. The remains are then passed on to the colon, where toxins and waste are eliminated and fluids are reabsorbed. Without a healthy digestive system our body cannot absorb the maximum nutritional content from foods, leaving us depleted and malnourished. In addition, an unhealthy digestive system can eventually lead to immune problems caused by what is referred to as "leaky gut" syndrome. This occurs when unwanted substances "leak" from the intestines into the body and trigger unhealthy immune reactions.
Pancreatin therapy is used when exocrine pancreatic function is inadequate. To be efficacious, replacement therapy needs to supply adequate quantities of the deficient enzymes to the right place, at the right time and with a favourable pH. The main problems are those of delivery, timing and pH.
a) Lipases: The Lipase enzyme is responsible for the digestion of fats and is highly sensitive to pH and an adequate amount is needed to prevent fat malabsorption. Even with increasing dosage, steatorrhoea may not be avoided due to pH inactivation of lipase.
b) Timing of supplementation: Pancreatin needs to be taken after the meal to maximize the pH-buffering effect of food.
c) Gastric acid suppression: H2-antagonists or proton pump inhibitors are often prescribed with pancreatin. The increased small bowel pH attained improves the survival of lipase enzymes, reduces the duodenal volume flow and prevents the precipitation of bile acids.
Proper diet and sufficient exercise when combined with certain nutritional supplements can help ensure a healthy digestive system. It is especially important to support the health and integrity of the intestinal wall and to nourish our "norma flora". Norma flora are the healthy bacteria that live in our intestines that provide many benefits. There are many useful nutritional and herbal supplements that support the intestinal wall and bolster the norma flora, including glutamine, acidophilus, bifadophilus, and aloe vera.
|Our Pharmacist's and Naturopath's Supplement Recommendations:|
The following products are recommended by licensed pharmacists and naturopaths who have specialised in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
If you are currently taking medications or other dietary supplements, we highly recommend you ask your Pharmacist or Doctor for additional guidance.
Practitioner Products Warning:
These products are either of a higher potency or efficacy. Practitioner products in Australia are prescribed by either doctors or naturopaths and usually have higher doses based on the latest in research and development. By purchasing this item you certify that you are under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner who can direct your proper use of these items.
|Symbiotique® is a combination of human strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, with bifodogenic growth stimulant Propio-Fidus.|
Lactobac® Powder provides 15 billion organisms per 3 g serve. Like the capsules Lactobac® Powder contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium longum, two of the most important probiotic species for the human intestinal microecology. Lactobacillus rhamnosus inhibits early intestinal infections and assists the implantation of bifidobacteria. Lactobac® is a reliable probiotic combination for immediate bowel recolonisation. Taking Lactobac® Powder at the same time as antibiotics will help minimise imbalances to naturally occurring microflora.
|UltraBiotic 45 is a unique, dairy-free blend of nine probiotic strains delivering 45 billion beneficial organisms to provide nutritional support for the maintenance of healthy intestinal and uro-genital flora.|
|A POWERFUL COMBINATION OF PREBIOTICS, PROBIOTICS AND HEALING HERBS
Synbac is a synbiotic a prebiotic and probiotic combination in which the prebiotic confers a competitive advantage to the probiotic microorganisms over infective and
putrefactive microorganisms. The probiotics in Synbac are resistant to upper digestive tract conditions and well adapted for intestinal survival. These advantages for survival and implantation of the live probiotics, help maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora. Prebiotics play a supporting role as growth promotors for microorganisms, particularly bifidobacteria. The polydextrose component of Synbac increases short-chain fatty acid production providing energy to the mucosal cells of the colon.
|Saccharomyces boulardii (SB), a subspecies of S. cerevisiae, is a non-pathogenic biotherapeutic probiotic agent that supports the establishment of friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).
In the GIT, SB increases the production of secretory IgA (slgA) and short-chain fatty acids, and the activity of the brush border disaccharide digestive enzymes. It also discourages the growth of harmful micro-organisms and reduces digestive inflammatory mediators.1-3
If you have been taking a course of antibiotics a probiotic such as Inner Health may assist in maintaining the balance of good bacteria. Aids in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastrointestinal system and digestive function and in maintaining a normal healthy immune system.
Helps improve general wellbeing.
If you have been taking a course of antibiotics a probiotic such as Inner Health may assist in maintaining the balance of good bacteria.
Aids in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastrointestinal system and digestive function and in maintaining a normal healthy immune system.
Helps improve general wellbeing. This product is Dairy free.
BabyBiotic 0+yrs® is a dairy-free probiotic supplement specifically designed to help maintain healthy digestive function in neonates, infants and children.
BabyBiotic 0+yrs® combines Bifidobacterium breve, B. lactis and B. bifidum - three of the most common species of bifidobacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of healthy breastfed newborns and infants.
IBS Support may assist in the management of medically diagnosed IBS (irritable bowel system).
It may also help reduce the symptoms of medically diagnosed IBS,help maintain normal bowel function, promote healthy digestion and help promote healthy bacterial flora.
Metagenics Ultra Flora Prebiotic
|Intestamine® features a carefully selected blend of botanicals and nutrients to provide optimal nourishment to support the structural integrity and functions of the digestive tract.
This comprehensive, vegan-friendly, shellfish-free blend helps to soothe, heal and seal an inflamed and irritated gastrointestinal mucosa. Glutamine is important for the repair of gastrointestinal cells. Mastic gum is used in traditional Greek medicine for symptomatic relief of dyspepsia. Turmeric and aloe have anti-inflammatory activity. Slippery elm is used in traditional western herbal medicine for its soothing, demulcent effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Pectin encourages the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and citrus bioflavonoids provide additional nutritional support.
|Glutamine, Licorice and Slippery Elm may help to support the normal mucosal integrity of the gut and the health of gastrointestinal cells.
See your healthcare practitioner if you think you need additional intestinal tract support.
Metagenics Ultra Probioplex
|GastroCare® Excel is a premium colostrum product derived from pasture-fed Australian cattle.
Colostrum is a natural source of immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA) which confer a beneficial effect for gastrointestinal health. Colostrum, in combination with whey protein isolate, lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase, helps to support gastrointestinal membrane integrity and function.
|Paracea® Forte combines three traditional herbs - Chinese wormwood, barberry and black walnut - with grapefruit extract to provide a comprehensive anthelmintic formula that helps maintain healthy gastrointestinal function.
Herbal Vermifuge Complex
PPC Herbs Triplex
|MultiGest® Enzymes provides a complement of plant derived enzymes to assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, lactose and cellulose (fibre).
By providing nutritional support for healthy digestion, supplemental enzymes may help to maintain general well-being and healthy nutritional status.
|DEF provides pancreatic enzymes to help support healthy digestive function. See your healthcare practitioner if you think you need extra digestive support.
Digestive Enzyme Formula
Contains pancreatic enzymes, which are important in maintaining healthy digestive function
Bromelain has been shown to have proteolytic activity
Synergystic formula of proteolytic enzymes
|Betaine hydrochloride is a source of hydrochloric acid and pepsin is involved in proper digestion.
See your healthcare practitioner to determine if you need additional digestive support.
|Bromelain is an enzyme from pineapple that may help to support gastrointestinal health and may help down-regulate inflammatory mediators.
See your healthcare practitioner if you feel bromelain may be helpful for you.
Gut Food Replacement
Metagenics UltraClear Plus
Metagenics UltraClear Maintain Plus
Bioresearch Formula WRM (Worming)
Bioresearch Formula GT (GIT Health)
Brauer Helicobacter Pylori 30c
Heel Mucosa Compositum (GIT mucous membrane healing)
|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support|
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
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