Please excuse the somewhat personal nature of this post, but the information I am about to share below is extremely important for both you and your digestive health.
You may not think that you’re constipated, but in reality, it is VERY likely that you ARE.
You see, constipation is NOT simply “not being able to go”, or only eliminating once a week…that’s severe constipation. The truth is, a healthy digestive system should be eliminating after every meal.
Are you moving your bowels several times a day, once for every meal you eat? If not, you are suffering from constipation, which will cause a build up of toxins and undigested, rotten, putrid food in your digestive system.
This can make it much harder for you to lose fat while also wreaking havoc on your digestive system and overall health…really bad stuff. Just imagine all that rotted, disgusting food sitting there in your digestive system…yuck!
Fortunately, this can be corrected rather quickly.
How Do I Improve My Digestion
The small and large intestines never seem to make it into the spotlight, but they are a pair of hardworking organs. Collectively, they are responsible for completing the digestive process and absorbing the good stuff in food for the benefit of the body, and for absorbing water and eliminating waste. It’s a pretty important job description, but the hot lights of stardom don’t come easy to, well, the rear end of the digestive system – the colon.
Here’s how it works. Bacteria in your large intestines colon break down fiber, resistant starch, and other material that has not been previously absorbed during digestion. The colon also extracts water, potassium, and some fat-soluble vitamins from solid wastes before your body eliminates them. If your colon isn’t processing and eliminating waste properly, your digestive system can back up, causing bloating and discomfort.
There are a couple of categories of foods that the intestines really groove on. Broadly speaking, they love pro- and prebiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber.
Probiotic foods have beneficial bacteria that feed your intestinal flora—the healthy bacteria inside your gut—and prevent harmful microorganisms from disrupting the digestive tract and making you sick. Once food gets to your small intestine, a whole ecosystem of bacteria aid in breaking it down. Unfortunately, “bad” bacteria can often overwhelm “good” bacteria, so it’s a good idea to send reinforcements down there from time to time in the form of probiotics. Probiotics used in Shakeology is lactobacillus sporogenes (Bacillus Coagulans) a powerful strain proven to survive the acids in the stomach and reach the intestine where it is intended to function to promote bowel health. You can also get healthy bacteria from fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt (more in regular yogurt, less in frozen yogurt) , kimchee, and kombucha.
Some conditions that probiotics may be able to help are*:
Digestive problems associated with antibiotics
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
Research has also shown that probiotics may be effective in preventing the following:
Infections due to a weakened immune system
Who Should NOT Take Probiotics?
If you are on any type of immunosuppressant medication or are immunosuppressed (if you have HIV, for instance), you will want to ask your doctor about probiotics before you take them in any form. There don’t seem to be any documented drug interactions with probiotics.
Prebiotics are the fertilizer for productive bacterial growth, basically feeding the probiotics, making this healthy bacterial colony even healthier. Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. They help feed and keep beneficial bacteria healthy.
Prebiotics mostly come from carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You don’t digest them, so the oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract where they stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Prebiotics in Shakeology are found in the yacon root (an ingredient listed on the back label). The yacon root is a tuber similar to the sweet potato that has the highest natural form of FOS, a powerful prebiotic, which helps support regularity, healthy intestinal bacteria, and a strong immune system. Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) may be taken as a supplement or added to foods. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, legumes, and whole grains (amaranth, quinoa, millet and buckwheat).
•Increase in levels of good bacteria
•Reduction in levels of bad bacteria
•Increase in mineral absorption (for example, calcium)
•Control or prevention of occasional diarrhea
•Relief from occasional constipation
•Increase in bioavailability of minerals (for example, calcium and magnesium).
At any given moment, the enzymes in your body are creating millions of reactions. These actions are responsible for nearly every bodily function, from vision, reproduction, growth, and respiration, to the storage and release of energy. Without enzymes, life simply could not exist.
As we age, our enzyme levels and activity decrease. Couple this with poor diet, stress, illness, and injury, and most of us will soon discover that we’re in a state of constant enzyme deficiency. This could result in our normal bodily functions slowing down—including how we absorb and digest nutrients.
All along your gastrointestinal tract are proteins called enzymes that break down the various macronutrients you’ve eaten. A few of the better known ones include protease, which breaks down protein; lipase, which breaks down fat; and amylase, which breaks down carbs. If you don’t think they’re doing the job, you can supplement with more digestive enzymes. Shakeology® happens to have an excellent enzyme blend that includes all the above-mentioned enzymes—and more.
Finally, fiber acts like a big scrubber for the whole system. One of the most important things it does is to act like a broom to sweep your food down the intestinal hallway and shove what you don’t use out the back door. Insoluble fiber is especially good for this and can be found in whole grains, seeds, nuts, and fruit and veggie skins.
The Fiber can help you:
• Improve digestion
• Promote regularity
• Lower cholesterol*
• Prevent blood sugar spikes
• Feel full longer
But keep in mind, there is too much of a good thing. If you plan to up your fiber, do it slowly, maybe increasing it 5 grams a day. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself with a serious case of the toots.
For optimal health, nutritionists recommend 21 to 25 grams of fiber every day for women 18 to 50 years old (21g for women over 50) and 30 to 38 grams of fiber every day for men (30g for men over 50). You can find the fiber content in labeled food as a subcategory under carbohydrates. If you’re counting carbs, you can always subtract the amount of fiber from the total number of carbs, because the fiber will only be visiting your body for a little while, unlike the sugars, which, if not burned for fuel, will likely end up stored as fat. Most studies indicate that Americans don’t get nearly enough fiber, especially with the proliferation of processed foods filled with white flour, which is made only from the fiber-less endosperm of the grain, with none of the bran and germ parts of the grain that provide the fiber. In fact, if you read labels, it’s pretty rare to find any prepared food that has more than a gram or two of fiber.
It can make you despair if you think about having to get to the 25 to 38 grams you need every day. So how can you get your daily dose of fiber without eating yourself into a coma? Shakeology has 3-6 grams of fiber per serving. You can also add more fiber to your diet with Shakeology Boost: The Fiber. This nongritty, flavorless powder mixes easily into your daily Shakeology shake or any other drink to provide 7 grams per serving. The unique formula is derived from 5 different sources of fiber. Together they not only promote better digestion but have other health benefits, such as prebiotic properties, aiding in weight management, and lowering cholesterol levels.*
What’s in Shakeology Boost:The Fiber
• Fructooligosaccharide (FOS): A natural prebiotic sweetener that stimulates the supply of good bacteria in the intestinal tract, which helps increase overall digestive health.
• Konjac fiber: Helps maintain weight and regularity.
• Psyllium seed husk: Helps prevent dietary cholesterol from being absorbed by the liver and colon. It also helps curb your appetite.
• Apple fiber: Helps eliminate toxins from the intestinal tract for better digestion.
• L-glutamine: Aids in eliminating toxins in your body and fuels muscles during longer workout sessions.
Many people suffer from digestive symptoms and problems. Some of the main complaints that people have when it comes to digestive problems are bloating, gas, stomach pains, constipation, etc. For each of these symptoms and conditions there is usually an underlying cause as to why they are happening.
Changing your diet to one that’s filled with healthy ingredients rich in prebiotics and probiotics, as well as staying active, can often times be the solution to digestive imbalance. Many of our customers have told us that once they started drinking Shakeology and started getting active, their digestion problems have gotten better or disappeared all together.
Drinking a glass of Shakeology daily and Shakeology Boost can help move things along, so to speak, because of the prebiotics, probiotics, whole food ingredients, fiber, and digestive enzymes. If you are seeking good health, the place to start is in your digestive tract. Healthy digestion is key to detoxify your body each day and helps prevent unhealthy diseases. Shakeology helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently while allowing for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need.
Ultimate Reset – The Supplements
This discussion must include mention of The Ultimate Reset 21-day program. Among the many benefits It helps restore your internal digestive system to its “factory settings,” helping to improve and regulate your body’s digestive processes and enhancing nutrient absorption. These four Reset supplements can be used with Shakeology or alone as part of an effective daily maintenance program.
Detox – Helps remove toxins and waste in the colon. This colon-cleansing powder is a blend made from organic sources like Camu-Camu, Chia Seed, Ginger Root, and Flaxseed, along with natural spices like turmeric and garlic. Detox helps improve the regularity of bowel movements and gastrointestinal well-being, without forcing your body to react the way most laxatives do. And unlike other cleanses on the market, Detox is a gentle colon cleanse that won’t keep you parked next to the bathroom.
Revitalize – Helps revitalize flora in the digestive tract. Our pre- and probiotics help restore beneficial flora to your digestive tract. They’re sometimes called “friendly” or “good” bacteria, because they help break down carbohydrates, control the growth of harmful bacteria, and promote a healthy immune system.
Optimize – Promotes healthy metabolism and effective body functions. Our proprietary blend of systemic enzymes also contains added Camu-Camu, which helps promote an optimal immune system and helps manage your body’s natural inflammatory response.
Soothe – Helps enhance digestive health and reduce inflammation with a healthy blend of organic botanicals aloe vera and curcumin.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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