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Digestion: Key to health

Gentle Reader,

Here we are in a New Year.  I hear murmuring around me about changes in eating, in exercise, in work habits.  People everywhere seek balance in their lives, which seem to be uncontrollably hectic.  We interrupt ourselves and forget what we hoped to accomplish in the next hour.  There is no peace.

This time of year solutions abound.  Your favorite person on Facebook asks everyone to comment on their resolutions and past successes.  The radio and TV, pod casts and news articles have the answer if you would just listen, please.  Of course, I am going to recommend a better diet, one with supplements.  Ha! It just could be that digestion is the key to health.

Years ago I learned a very important lesson that relaxed my need to save the world all by myself.  Food, diet and nutrition are one small part of the total health picture. A wise woman, Angela Arriens, lectured on the 8 common threads across all cultures that lead to a health filled life.  As a cross-cultural anthropologist, she knew what she was talking about from years of research.

It turns out that our diet per se is only one/eighth of the picture.  Other factors–exercise, spiritual practice, friends and relationships, music and color (art), and deep rest are the aspects I remember to this day, 24 years after hearing her speak.  What a relief to know what a small part I might play in advising someone’s health picture.  My supplement program is not the key ingredient to a healthy life, just one aspect.

Having said that, I want to suggest that digestion is a key to health, one of the most important aspects of nourishing our bodies.  We can eat whole foods and never contaminate our bodies with junk food, but if we don’t have a functional digestive system, we may still miss the nutrients we need.  If you struggle with acid reflux or bloating and gas after eating, perhaps your digestive system needs some fine-tuning.  If you suffer from arthritis, joint pain, or are developing spinal stenosis and osteoporosis, it could be that your nutrients are not doing their job in the body.

Goal of Digestion

Take whole foods and turn them into energy and nutrients to allow the body to function, grow, and repair itself. When we swallow food we have chewed in the mouth, the esophagus carries the mass to the stomach.  The first potential problem is the esophageal sphincter, or trap door that opens to let the slurry of food pass into the relaxed upper stomach.   If the food is well-chewed, broken down evenly, the weight will easily open the trap door and the mass will pass into the stomach, letting the sphincter close behind it.

Chew your food well to aid this process.

Problems occur when we swallow chunks of food and the sphincter explodes open to let the material pass.  Gas results.  Flow back of acid results.  In time, the sphincter wears out and doesn’t close firmly or quickly.

In the stomach, an acid excretion further breaks down the food into the nutrients that can be absorbed by the tiny cilla in the small intestine.  The stomach must be acidic to do this job or food continues down the digestive track un-dissolved and its nutrients are not absorbed.

When people feel discomfort from the escaping acidity up the esophagus into the mouth, called heart burn or acid reflux, the go-to remedy is an antacid.  This might give a feeling of relief but the nutrients that need to be broken down into their absorbable components remain unavailable to our system.  Antacids neutralize the acid the stomach provides to break down food.

Ideally, the stomach breaks down proteins.  When this is not functioning as designed, a better intervention is to increase the stomach acid by drinking warm water and lemon juice first thing in the morning.  Not coffee.  And chew, chew, chew until the slurry that drops to the esophageal sphincter gently pushes the trap door open.

If there are foods that are hard for you to digest like dairy or refined carbohydrates (cookies, crackers, breads, cakes), the cruciferous foods—broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, or legumes—beans, you might need digestive enzymes to hit the stomach first thing before a meal to help break those things down.  (This is where Shaklee’s EzGest comes in handy,  Take one before each meal.)

Most of us do not feel the peristalsis—muscle action of the small intestine as the slurry passes on down.  When functioning normally, the digestive acids in the intestines break down starches, proteins and carbohydrates.  Nutrients are absorbed into the body all along this passage as they become dissolved.  Certain vitamins like the 8 different B vitamins become absorbed in specific areas of the intestines whether the B’s come from foods or supplements.  When not functioning normally, we feel gas and bloating moving down the intestinal track, often producing pain and even severe discomfort.

Finally, the pancreas introduces pancreatic acid to break down starches, fats and protein and the liver produces bile acid to further break down fats.

Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream from the stomach.  (Eating grapes and other high sugar content foods seems to have the same quick absorption rate for me, but I know there has to be some breakdown beyond the stomach acids.  Still the same rush alcohol brings happens with these high sugar foods.)

The most common drugs prescribed by the medical profession and purchased over the counter are meant to correct mal-functions in this digestive process.  They often eliminate the discomfort that occurs when the acids do not stay where they belong but they weaken  natural digestion.  It is possible to return your digestive system to a drug-free, comfortable state.  It takes changing your eating habits.  Since digestion is the key to health, you’ll be glad you did.

These supplements help:

Ez-Gest digestive enzymes

Optiflora pre- and probiotics  for maintaining a healthy digestive balance  Healthy bacteria

Herb Lax for constipation and blood cleansing  Healthy colon

Fiber Advantage Bars, and Fiber Tablets  Promote colon health and regularity

Changing your digestive process may be the key to losing weight along with the other benefits.  Many of us take on the goal of getting to our healthy weight by summer time.  The Shaklee 180 Turnaround is an excellent program to help you on your way.  It could be that dealing with the digestive issues will make all the difference.

Remember, just losing 10 pounds will ease up on those aching joints, the arthritis in your knees, hips and feet.  Could better digestion help?  Didn’t we say that digestion is the key to health?

Let us know your solutions to the struggles you have with digestion.

Be well, do well and Keep Moving,



Betsy Bell’s Health4u

206 933 1889



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Optiflora prebiotic and probiotic supplements

Optiflora prebiotic and probiotic supplements

The healthy body contains trillions of “friendly” microorganisms. The vast majority of
them live in the colon, where they perform a multitude of health-supporting tasks. Their
most important role is helping to maintain a healthy balance with other less desirable
organisms. Enhancing the friendly microorganisms can promote long-term colon health.
Optiflora Probiotic promotes colon health by supporting the growth of healthy micro flora
naturally found in the colon.* Optiflora Probiotic delivers guaranteed live probiotics
Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus acidophilus. The Optiflora Prebiotic Complex
enriched with Inulin and FOS (fructooligosaccharides), Optiflora Prebiotic Complex
delivers important nutrients that healthy intestinal bacteria need to grow and thrive.
Optiflora also has gamma-tocopherol, a nutrient associated with colon health.*

Who Might Benefit from Optiflora?
Who could benefit from beneficial intestinal microflora?
• People whose dietary choices may affect the balance of gastro intestinal micro flora.
• Individuals who frequently or chronically take antibiotics.
• Children who frequently take antibiotics for ear infections.
• Anyone planning foreign travel.

Optiflora Probiotic Complex features triple layer encapsulation technology, which helps
ensure potency and guarantees live delivery of Bifidobacterium longum and
Lactobacillus acidophilus to the intestine. Without this special protection, probiotics –
live organisms — can be destroyed before they reach the large intestine, where they
provide the greatest benefit.

It has been estimated that we have more bacteria in our intestinal tract than cells in our
body. One of the most important ways that beneficial microflora promote health is by
simply existing in large numbers. Research studies indicate that normal, healthy
colonies of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium can help maintain a healthy balance
between beneficial and undesirable bacteria. Scientists believe this healthful standoff is
achieved in several ways by:
• enhancing immunity
• maintaining the acid pH of the intestinal environment
• competition for nutrients and adhesion sites
• actively support healthy colony cells
• detoxification
• maintain healthy, normal populations of beneficial microflora, even in people
taking antibiotics

Optiflora is a unique, two-product system that supplies both beneficial bacteria
(probiotics) AND the nutrients they need to thrive (prebiotics) to provide complete dietary
support for the healthy balance of intestinal microflora.* Optiflora’s state-of-the-art
seamless capsule is guaranteed to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach to
deliver live beneficial bacteria to the intestine.

What are Prebiotics? They are nutrients which selectively feed the friendly bacteria and
Probiotics are supplemental populations of the “friendly bacteria” residing in the colon
which help to maintain healthy intestinal microbial balance. The term Probiotic literally
means “healthful for life.”

Remember only Shaklee Optiflora can guarantee delivery of both prebiotics and
probiotics encouraging growth and multiplication.

**Optiflora rebuilds health possibly quicker than any other product we have to offer! Just
what does this product do?? Basically, it helps maintain one’s health by adding
500,000,000 living flora to the intestinal tract with each serving! Since both advanced
aging and disease are directly tied to the intestinal tract, this product should be one of
the first following the Rx for a Healthier Life™!

At birth each of us are born with a healthy intestine loaded with positive and healthy flora
(bacteria) and we are probably as healthy as we ever will be! As we mature, and we are
exposed to the environment, to stress, to others’ ailments, through the process of aging –
all of these – cause disease-causing bacteria to invade our intestines! Slowly, the bad
bacteria overcomes the good flora! Before this product was introduced, there was NO
WAY to add new and living flora to the intestines! Now, because of Shaklee’s research
team, we can! Yes, Optiflora is the ONLY product on the market that delivers living flora
directly to the intestines! It’s powder and a pearl and it is recommended that it be taken
(together) once a day! Since nearly every illness comes from the colon (intestines),
Optiflora is possibly the ‘most effective’ preventative health product available!
Keep your digestive system on track. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body depends
on healthy digestion and nutrient absorption for well-being. Occasional upsets can be
caused by changes in your routine, diet, stress, travel and other factors. Our natural
solutions support a healthy digestive system, can help to restore a natural balance, and
protect against occasional digestive upsets.

1. Antibiotics, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides in our food supply
2. Many prescription and over the counter medications
3. Solar radiation and pollution
4. The aging process, especially menopause, and common infections and viruses.
5. Various laxatives & enemas
6. Bacterially contaminated meats, eggs, dairy & other foods, and a low-fiber diet
7. Birth control pills, alcohol and steroid drugs
8. Mental or physical stressStar Achievers Team, LLC © 2012, Not for sale, can be shared Page 3 of 3

What is the solution?
Take a supply of healthy bacteria (Bifidobacterium & lactobacilli) in a supplement form
and a prebiotic to feed the healthy bacteria “Optiflora” by Shaklee. Will this combination
prevent serious health problems? Yes, yes, yes, yes in many ways!!!!
1. Eliminate most of children’s chronic illnesses
2. Improves mineral absorption (prevent osteoporosis, blood pressure problems,
headaches, allergies, & mood swings)
3. Stop over growth of yeast in body – eliminate candida (cause of many allergies,
chronic infections and serious colon problems)
4. Lower cholesterol by creating an acid environment to convert cholesterol to a
form the body can’t reabsorb
5. Prevent diarrhea or “traveler’s trots”
6. Improve energy by improving absorption of all nutrients, reducing your taste for sweets
7. Rebuild immune system of which 50/60 percent is in the intestinal wall
8. Prevent colon cancer, by keeping bile secretions from being converted to dangerous irritants
9. Protective, if you need chemo or radiation treatment
10. Stop chronic skin, ear & throat infections

Remember a healthy body reflects a healthy intestinal tract. Optiflora is a unique, twoproduct system that supplies both beneficial bacteria (probiotics) AND the nutrients they
need to thrive (prebiotics) to provide complete dietary support for the healthy balance of
intestinal microflora.* Optiflora’s state-of-the-art seamless capsule is guaranteed to
withstand the acidic environment of the stomach to deliver live beneficial bacteria to the
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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