In the past, when discussing digestive health, products targeting the prevention of gas and bloating, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation were in the forefront. Specific conditions usually addressed were Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colon Cancer prevention and general support for healthy elimination. Products like Fiber and Oat Bran were touted as providing cardiovascular support as well as reducing the risks of colon cancer and promoting increased regular elimination. Today people are beginning to understand that there is a connection between overall wellness and digestive health. They are taking a more proactive role in searching for products that support this health connection without looking to necessarily treat a specific condition.
Probiotics have taken the center stage as more studies show the connection between digestive health and overall wellness. Ensuring that the Probiotics available contain the correct strains and a proper transport system are keys to realizing the benefits Probiotics are able to provide. Up and coming interest in digestive health support supplements are in the areas of Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes.
Prebiotics help the body produce its own friendly bacteria while Probiotics involve introducing foreign strains of friendly bacteria into the digestive tract. Prebiotics basically insure success of the Probiotic strains in the gut. They are synergistic in that taken together they provide the maximum benefits available for digestive health.
While not as well known as Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes are also critical for optimal digestive health. As we age our body natural slows down its production of Digestive Enzymes. Additionally stressful situations as well as over processing of our food sources may cause a lack of Digestive Enzyme production in our intestinal system. Without adequate Digestive Enzymes feelings of bloating and increased gas production may be experienced. A reduction in nutrient absorption also occurs which may lead to a reduction in overall immunity and health as well as digestive disturbances.
According to the National Digestive Disease Clearinghouse approximately 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive conditions every year. Taking a proactive role to supporting healthier digestive health seems to be a step in the right direction.
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