There are two kinds of peptic ulcers: gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers. Gastric ulcers occur in the stomach, and duodenal ulcers occur in the first part of the small intestine. Even though these ulcers occur in two different places, they both manifest as damage to the protective lining of the stomach or small intestine. Ulcer pain is caused by stomach acid coming in direct contact with unprotected tissue. When stomach acid is suppressed, ulcer pain diminishes, and the ulcer heals.
It is important to keep the lining of the gastrointestinal tract healthy and intact. Stress, smoking, alcohol, aspirin and NSAIDS can all bring on the formation of ulcers. Stress-management techniques, a healthy lifestyle, and the avoidance of irritants all help keep the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal system healthy and intact. Vitamins A and E and the amino acid glutamine are important in maintaining the integrity of the mucosal lining. Licorice, especially in its DGL form, also supports mucosal protective factors. Ulcers may also be caused by the bacteria helicobacter pylori. Predisposing factors for infection are low acidity and low antioxidant content of the gastrointestinal lining. H. pylori can also infect a pre-existing ulcer site. Bioflavonoids can inhibit the growth of H. pylori.
Reflux esophagitis is the medical term for heartburn. This condition occurs when the gastric juices flow up the esophagus, leading to the burning sensation in the chest and even up into the throat area. This can be caused by either increased acid production or decreased secretion of acids and other digestive enzymes, -pancreatic enzymes and digestive aids may be helpful here. Licorice, in the DGL form, may be beneficial in healing a damaged esophagus caused by reflux. Eliminating causative factors such as alcohol, smoking, fats, and coffee may also be helpful. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is one of the primary ways in which we prevent ulcer and reflux conditions from occurring.
|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.
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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.
|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.
|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.
|Symbiotique® is a combination of human strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, with bifodogenic growth stimulant Propio-Fidus.|
Nutrition Care Lactobac
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.|
|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
|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.
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.
It may assist in the management of allergies, provide relief from the symptoms of eczema, and strengthen gastrointestinal immunity.
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.
|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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