"You are what you eat". The food we consume everyday serves as fuel to generate energy for our daily activities and also as building blocks to repair our body tissues and organs. However, the food we consume must be first broken down into smaller molecule of nutrients that is ready for the body to use.
The process in which ingested food is broken down into a form that can be absorbed and assimilated by the tissues of the body is called digestion. Some of the organs involved in digestion are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, gallbladder, pancreas and liver. Digestion includes the mechanical process of chewing, churning and grinding food with our teeth, as well as the chemical action of the digestive enzymes, gastric acid and bile acid.
Disorder of the Digestive System
There are a wide number of digestive system disorders. A few examples are given below:
- Stomach ulcer
It is an open sore or lesion found on the mucous membrane lining the stomach. The lesion is caused by the damaging effect of pepsin and hydrochloric acid. Several factors involved in the development of stomach ulcer are infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), smoking, alcohol abuse, emotional stress and usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is a condition caused by the lack of an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is secreted in the small intestine where it splits lactose into constituent sugars that can be absorbed by the small intestine. Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk products. Common symptoms, which begin about 30 minutes to two hours after consuming foods or beverages containing lactose, may include nausea, cramps , bloating and diarrhoea.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is an intestinal disorder defined as recurrent abdominal pain with bloating, painful constipation or diarrhoea which continue for years without causing any permanent harm to the intestine. IBS patient's colon is more sensitive and reactive than others, causing strong response to even a mild stimulation that might not have effect on others. Emotional stress and anxiety have been identified as triggers for IBS.
- Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is the cancer of the large intestine (colon), which can be found at the lower part of the digestive system. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, non cancerous clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. Over long period of time, some of these polyps may become colon cancers. Some signs of colon cancer are change of bowel habits, blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, feeling that bowel does not empty completely and unexplained weight loss.
Consume a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains as they are an excellent source of fiber. Getting sufficient fiber helps in many conditions including constipation, hemorrhoids and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
- Restrict alcohol intake
Long term heavy drinking of alcohol inflicts a damaging effect to the digestive tract. It is a major cause of gastritis, ulcers, cirrhosis and liver damage.
- Restrict carbonated drink
Fizzy drinks introduce extra gas into the digestive system. This causes bloating in the upper digestive tract and abdominal discomfort. Plain water and fruit juices are better options.
- Eat on time
Eat on time, chew slowly and properly before swallowing the food for better digestion and nutrient absorption.
- Relax and manage your stress
When we are stressed, our digestive muscles become less efficient. Less digestive enzymes are secreted and the passage of food through the digestive tract will be slowed down which leads to constipation, heart burn and flatulence.
Apart from practicing a well balance nutrition intake, take supplements and avoid unhealthy habits such as alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking. All these will definitely give a great helping hand in strengthening your digestive system. A combination of recommended enzymes and fiber supplements are stated below:
DXN Lion´s Mane Mushroom Tablet
Lion´s Mane mushroom has been a very nutritious and essential food in China and Japan for hundreds of years. Contains bioactive substances such as polysaccharides, adenosine, hericenones and erinacines, Lion´s Mane is also known as the “bear´s head” and “monkey head” mushroom that is rich in essential amino acids needed by the Mane mushroom helps to support a healthy digestive system. It improves indigestion, relieves stomach and duodenal ulcer and chronic gastritis. In addition, Lion’s Mane mushroom helps to maintain a healthy nervous system.
DXN Lion´s Mane tablet offers you a convenient way to strengthen your body system anytime, anywhere.
DXN Cordypine is an an enzyme drink with the composition of fermented pineapple juice and quality cordyceps mushroom. DXN Cordypine is a very potent formula as Cordypine works actively with cordyceps, giving better results and excellent performance. The alkalinizing drink is suitable for all ages in the family and regular consumption is good to maintain and improve our body system. Besides protein digestive enzymes, pineapple enzymes also consist of:
- Rich in Vitamin C, B1 and B6
- Dietary Fiber
- Cordycep nutrition elements (which will be elaborated later)
DXN MycoVeggie™ (sachet)
DXN MycoVeggie ™ (Sachet) DXN MycoVeggie is a high fiber food supplement carefully prepared from the finest all-natural ingredients including vegetables, various mushrooms, spirulina, green tea, mulberry leaf, ginkgo leaf, noni leaf, fruits, herbs and a selection of spices. It is low in fat, sugar-free, cholesterol-free and high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
It helps body detoxification by gently cleansing the digestive tracts and promoting waste elimination through bowels. It may also be used as a substitute for meals as part of a weight control program.
DXN MycoVeggie is the best of source of high quality fiber, which keeps your digestive system healthy.
DXN Morinzyme® is a fermented noni botanical beverage juice that contains all the natural enzymes produced from the fermentation process of noni concentrate. Enzymes are important for metabolism thus enhancing digestion, nutrient absorption and assisting in cellular regulations.Enhance your life with DXN Morinzyme® daily……….