Problems with digestion are very common. Although they can signal serious disorders such as tissue inflammation or cancer, they are often a result of what is known as “functional digestive disorders”. The word “functional” implies an imbalance in digestive function, which can be triggered by something as simple as adverse lifestyle. Examples of functional digestive diseases include the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and upper abdominal pain in the absence of peptic ulcer, a disorder that is often called “functional dyspepsia”.

When facing digestive disorders, one must remember that gastrointestinal structure and function are highly complex and restoring balance in the digestive system is key to overall well-being. There are several approaches with combinations of dietary supplements that may be useful in promoting digestive harmony. These approaches include the use of digestive enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, colon cleansing and detoxification.

Healthy bacteria known as “probiotics” can grow in the lower bowel and may provide a plethora of health benefits, many of which relate to digestive structure and function. The advantages of probiotics are numerous and include: assistance with digestion, variably enhanced vitamin and mineral absorption or vitamin B (complex) synthesis, protection against pathogenic bacterial infections (such as pathogenic E. coli), reduction of lactose intolerance (lactase), variable alleviation of functional digestive disorders (such as IBS), potential reduction of yeast overgrowth, and other benefits. Milk thistle (silymarin) has been shown in several studies to assist in the process of detoxification in the liver (increases hepatic glutathione) and to exert a hepato-protective effect (at least in animals).

Supplementation of the diet with enzymes has become a very popular part of natural healthcare. There are many different enzymes that can be taken in supplements that may assist in the digestion of food, including: Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase, Lactase and Pepsin.

Many people have used probiotics (healthy bacteria), prebiotics (food for healthy bacteria), detoxifying herbs and enzymes in separate supplements. This method has several limitations, including increased monetary expense and inconvenience, both of which lead to poor compliance. Compliance with dietary supplements or medications is a huge issue in the effective use of health giving substances. To promote digestive balance the repeated use of natural substances is important for the achievement of any benefit. In other words, probiotics, enzymes and detoxifying substances must be taken with a degree of regularity for nutritional support. These vital nutrients can be found in Clinical Digestion™, providing a cost effective method of supporting digestive harmony and balance (gastrointestinal function and structure). Clinical Digestion contains: probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, L-glutamine and supporting digestive herbs.

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