Gut microbiome and its effect on gastrointestinal health

How to identify if you have peptic ulcers or not

How to identify if you have peptic ulcers or not

Life Extension’s protocols for peptic ulcers, maintaining a healthy microbiome and other aspects of gastrointestinal well-being offer valuable information that can be used to support GI health and the health of other systems in our bodies that depend upon it.

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Frequently Asked GI Health Questions


What are digestive enzymes and probiotics?

Digestive enzymes are a group of enzymes used in the digestive system to break down fats, carbohydrates, proteins and fiber into molecules that are small enough to be absorbed by the intestines. Some people choose to supplement with digestive enzymes to help with digestive discomfort and efficient processing of food. Probiotics are intestinal bacteria that can benefit us in multiple ways. It could be localized to the digestive system, or have an impact in areas as diverse as heart health, immune function and mood. People chose to supplement with probiotics to support digestive and overall health.


What natural foods or herbs can you eat to improve your GI Tract?

Fiber from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables can support intestinal regularity and feed our beneficial bacteria to increase bacterial diversity and number. Fermented foods are found in many cultures and can assist with a healthy intestinal bacterial population. Herbs can have diverse actions on the GI tract. For example, cardamom and fennel are carminative herbs that may help with gas. Bitter herbs, such as gentian, stimulate digestive secretions. Soothing herbs, such as licorice and marshmallow, may help with an irritated gastric lining. The herbs you choose to use will depend on your particular digestive complaint.


How does traveling affect your digestive system?

Travel can disrupt your bowel habits. There are multiple factors that can contribute to travel-induced GI symptoms, including changes in dietary choices and eating patterns, changes in sleep patterns and stress associated with being on the move and in a new environment. In addition, during travel we may come in contact with unfamiliar or even infectious microorganisms that can cause GI symptoms. Taking a probiotic during times of travel can help the body adapt to change and help normalize GI function during travel.

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