A well-running digestive system provides the foundation for overall health and wellness—for men, women, children and babies. Made up of an intricate system of organs—that starts in the mouth and includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, and pancreas—the gastrointestinal system is affected by diet, antibiotic use, bacterial and viral infections, food intolerances, hydrochloric acid production, obesity, and other factors. A poorly functioning digestive system can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, heartburn, a weakened immune system and other potentially serious health problems. It can also produce a constellation of painful embarrassing symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea, gas and stomach cramps. As scientists research the gut-brain connection, they are also finding that stress and emotions can affect the gastrointestinal system and that digestive problems can contribute to mood and attention issues.
Nutritional ingredients that support a healthy digestive tract include probiotics, enzymes, fiber, aloe vera, lactase—the list goes on. A raw diet of plant-based foods delivers the active enzymes needed for good digestion; yogurt and kefir are naturally rich in probiotic or “good bacteria.”