#1 Greens/Fiber Supplement
Poor digestive health is a major problem in America. Fueled by bad diets, the side effects of prescription drugs, sedentary lifestyles, and the normal decline of digestive system efficiency associated with aging, many people suffer from uncomfortable gastric issues.
Such issues run the gamut of:
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Persistent gas buildup/bloating/constipation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Most often, these conditions occur because either we are not clearing the food we consume through our digestive systems quickly enough, or because we have upset the proper balance of digestive bacteria in our gastric tracts. And when you are suffering from one or more of these conditions, you tend to restrict your activities, feel lethargic and irritable, and struggle to sleep. Sound familiar?
To relieve bloating or blockage, many people take laxatives. But laxatives are really just a short-term Band-Aid. They do nothing to address the core issues causing the problems. A better long-term strategy is to boost fiber-rich foods in your daily diet and engage in regular physical activity. Both actions help the body move food though the digestive tract with greater ease and speed. We recommend fiber-rich foods commonly found in a Mediterranean-style diet, including raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grain breads, pasta and cereals. For people who cannot envision consistently ingesting the recommended 7-10 daily servings of the fiber-rich foods just mentioned, we suggest complementing your daily servings with a greens dietary supplement that is fortified with fiber.
A greens/fiber supplement will generally come in a powdered form that you scoop into a glass of water or fruit juice (although some greens formulas are available in capsule form). The powder contains granules of various fruits, vegetables and grasses. Typically, these products also contain a sampling of digestive enzymes. A greens/fiber supplement assists your body in three ways:
1. The fiber content and digestive enzymes aid in quicker absorption and digestion, meaning food clears your digestive tract at a faster pace.
2. The combination of the greens and fiber help create softer stool that moves through your digestive tract more easily and with less discomfort.
3. The antioxidant content of the greens help support the body’s fight against oxidative stress (we’ll explain more about this in the antioxidant section of this report).
While you will quickly notice an improvement in your digestion from adding a greens/fiber supplement to your daily routine, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can skip eating fiber-rich foods altogether. A daily dose of a greens/fiber supplement will generally provide the equivalent nutritional content of 3-5 servings of fruits/vegetables and 2-3 grams of fiber. The National Academy of Sciences considers 30-38 grams of total dietary fiber daily adequate for men and 21-25 daily grams for women, so the fiber in most greens formulas represents a small portion of your daily needs. In other words, a greens/fiber product is not an outright substitute for raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.
Most scientists who study dietary supplements caution their findings by recommending that food sources of vital nutrients are preferred because they believe the interactions of the various elements of fiber and nutrients contained in raw foods are more effective than the extracts of these key nutrients typically found in dietary supplements. While the research evidence supporting these scientists’ position is thin (i.e., there are few studies that definitively demonstrate that food-based nutrition is more effective than concentrated extracts of the key nutrients in dietary supplements), we agree that entirely eschewing raw fruits, vegetables, etc., in favor of dietary supplements is likely not healthy for antioxidant protection and digestion.
A greens/fiber supplement is really intended to complement the raw, fiber-rich foods already in your diet and help fill the gap when you can’t reasonably eat 7-10 servings of these foods each day.
But this is only half of the solution to a healthy digestive system. The other big issue most people with gastric problems face is an imbalance of the bacteria in the intestines that assist in breaking down food and removing unfriendly toxins. These “body friendly” bacteria are known as probiotics.
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