How to Improve Your Digestive System From Start to Finish


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Did you know that Americans spend nearly a billion dollars each year on laxative products? In this webinar, Steven Horne shares tips on how to obtain optimal digestion and the resulting health benefits. You’ll also learn how NSP’s top-selling digestion products can support you on your journey to wellness.

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How to Improve Your Digestive System From Start to Finish

  1. 1. From Start to Finish‒Digest, Refresh, RemoveSteven Horne
  2. 2. A recording of this webinar will be available atwww.nspwebinars.comA phone recording will be available at1-712-432-0453 PIN 8067844(not a toll-free call)Recordings available 6/13
  3. 3. Transformational Habit of HealthA natural, holistic pathway to lasting health andwellness.
  4. 4. Steven HornePresident and CEO ofTree of Light PublishingPast President ofAmerican Herbalist GuildCurrent ProfessionalMember of the Guild
  5. 5. We Know Nutrition Is Important, But…To get the benefit of thefood we eat we also need to:Be able to digest it properlyAbsorb and utilize thenutrientsEliminate waste productsefficiently
  6. 6. Digestive System FunctionsManufactureEnzymes, HCl, intrinsic factor, mucusVitamin K and some B-complex inlarge intestineAbsorption of nutrientsSmall intestine into blood viacapillaries
  7. 7. Digestive System FunctionsReabsorption and EliminationReabsorbs water for reuseEliminates bileForms fecesProduces defecation
  8. 8. The Process of Digestion SimplifiedChewing physically breaks apart food and startsthe digestion of starches and fats.Adequate hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomachis required for pepsin to break down proteins.
  9. 9. The Process of Digestion SimplifiedAfter food leaves the stomach, bile saltsemulsify fats and increase pH (alkalize), whilepancreatic and intestinal enzymes completedigestion in the small intestines.Disaccharides are broken down into simplesugars by enzymes from the small intestines.
  10. 10. Digestive ProcessNutrient Fats Proteins Carbohydrates MineralsDigestiveSecretionsBile salts,pancreatic andintestinal lipasesHydrochloric acid,pepsin,pancreatic andintestinalproteasesSaliva, pancreaticand intestinalamylasesHydrochloric acidOrgans Involved Pancreas, gall-bladder, smallintestinesStomach,pancreas, smallintestinesMouth, pancreas,small intestinesStomach, gallbladder, smallintestinesEnd Products Fatty acids,glycerolAmino acids Simple sugars Must be chelatedto fatty acids oramino acids forabsorption
  11. 11. Digestive Enzyme FactsHuman and animal research has demonstratedthat digestive enzyme levels produced by thepancreas reduce with age.Likewise, studies have shown that the ability tosecrete hydrochloric acid decreases with age.More than half of people over 60 have lowstomach acid.
  12. 12. Digestive Enzyme FactsBile production may similarly decline.Lack of pancreatic enzymes and hydrochloricacid may be also be associated with many healthproblems.Dr. Weston Price discovered that the morecooked foods a people consumed, the morecultured foods they ate.
  13. 13. Acid IndigestionOveracid(hyperchlorhydria)Underacid(hypochlorhydria)Tends to occur only in peopleunder 35More common in people over 45Tends to involve acute burning,sharp pain with a red tongueDuller pain about an hour aftereating, tongue pink or paleUsually brought on by stress orirritating substancesCaused by fermentation due topoor digestionUse cooling herbs or nervines Use bitter and pungent herbsand/or supplement acid
  14. 14. Stomach ComfortCalcium carbonateAlginic acidPapaya fruitGuar gumSlippery elm barkGinger rhizomeLicorice root concentrate
  15. 15. Stomach ComfortLowers stomach pHStimulates digestive enzyme secretionAbsorbs irritating substancesSoothes mucus membranesHelps neutralize acidSooths occasional acidindigestion, heartburn or gas
  16. 16. The Importance of Bacterial BalanceThe colon is home to a large number of friendlybacteria (probiotics).The small intestines, however, should have lowconcentrations.
  17. 17. The Importance of Bacterial BalanceToo many bacteria can interfere with sugar-digesting enzymes and ferment the sugars forfood causing excessive gas, bloating andbelching.A healthy balance is the key.
  18. 18. Causes of ImbalanceInsufficient HClLack of peristalsis(migrating motor complexes)
  19. 19. Insufficient HClHCl is part of our immunesystem.It helps to disinfect the food weeat and inhibits the growth ofmicrobes in the small intestines.
  20. 20. Food EnzymesMycozyme (alpha-amylase)Bentain HClBile saltBromelainLipasePancreatinPapainPepsin
  21. 21. Food EnzymesAids with digestion ofproteins, carbohydrates and fatsVery helpful for most peopleover 45 with digestive issuesYounger people may do betterwith Proactazyme.
  22. 22. Proactazyme®ProteaseAmylaseGlucoamylaseLipaseCellulaseHemicellulaseInvertaseMalt DiastaseAlpha-galactosidasePeptidase
  23. 23. ProactazymePlant-based enzymes fordigesting fats, proteins andcarbohydratesAlso helps to digest fibers thatfeed intestinal bacteria thatproduce gas
  24. 24. Lack of PeristalsisIn between meals, after food has beendigested, peristaltic waves known as migratingmotor complexes, sweep microbes out of the smallintestines.We experience this as “stomach” rumblings orhunger pains.Motilin is a hormone that causes these movements.
  25. 25. Anthraquinone GlycosidesYellow-brown dyes found in herbsActed on by intestinal bacteria, they increaseperistalsis and inhibit water and electrolyteabsorption in the intestines.They do not directly irritate mucus membranes.
  26. 26. Major Herbs with AnthraquinonesCascara sagradaBuckthornTurkey rhubarbAloes (green part, not the gel)SennaYellow Dock (small amount)Illustration of Cascara from Wikipedia
  27. 27. LBS II®Cascara sagradaBuckthornLicoriceCapsicumGingerOregon grapeTurkey rhubarbCouch grassRed clover
  28. 28. LBS IIStan Malstrom’s lowerbowel formulaContains carminatives(capsicum and ginger) andalteratives (Oregon grapeand red clover)
  29. 29. Ileocecal Valve ProblemsThe ileocecal valve is the valvebetween the small and largeintestines.It prevents “back wash” ofbacteria and waste material intothe small intestines.
  30. 30. Ileocecal Valve ProblemsIf this valve doesn’t closeproperly, material from the colonwill migrate into the smallintestines.
  31. 31. Gastro HealthDeglycyrrhizinated licoriceroot extractPau d’arco bark extractClove flower extractIndian elecampane rootextractCapsicum fruit
  32. 32. Gastro HealthHelps regulate intestinalmicrofloraSoothes digestivemembranes
  33. 33. The Green “Blood” of PlantsThe green color we associatewith plants is due to thepresence of chlorophyll.
  34. 34. The Green “Blood” of PlantsChlorophyll allows plants tocapture light energy from thesun and producecarbohydrates, the basicenergy source for both plantsand people.
  35. 35. Natural ChlorophyllNatural chlorophyll is built around a molecule ofmagnesium, surrounded by three nitrogenatoms.
  36. 36. Natural ChlorophyllNatural chlorophyll (in green plants) is a goodsource of magnesium and has a mild laxativeaction.It captures photons (light) and uses this energyto combine carbon dioxide and water to makecarbohydrates.
  37. 37. Chlorophyll and HemoglobinChlorophyll Heme
  38. 38. Sodium Copper ChlorophyllinWater solublechlorophyll-basedcompoundMagnesium has beenreplaced with copper andsodium has been addedto the molecule.
  39. 39. Research on ChlorophyllinLittle research has been done on chlorophyllinas a supplement.Research that has been done suggests that it:Can bind to certain toxins in the intestinesinhibiting absorption (specifically polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbons found in tobaccosmoke, heterocyclic amines found in cookedmeat, aflatoxin-B1)
  40. 40. Research on Chlorophyllin (cont.)Research that has been done suggests that it:Has a deodorizing effect to reduce stool andbody odor.Source: Linus PaulingInstitute,
  41. 41. Experiences with Liquid Chlorophyll ESOxygenationEnergy pick-me-upPet deodorizerMild carminativeCopper supplement