Digestive Health

I find that most people are shocked to find out just how connected your digestive system is to every other body system. Your gut is the hub of your entire body.

 

The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract is approximately a thirty-foot long tube running from the mouth to the anus. To put this into perspective if you could straighten out this tube, you could shine a flashlight all the way to the end (Watch live GI Tract video to learn more).

What takes place in your digestive system is nothing short of miraculous. It is designed to digest food and absorb nutrients, electrolytes, and water. It is also a barrier that prevents harmful substances, unwanted bacteria, parasites, and toxins from getting into the bloodstream.

 

Your GI tract contains the largest immune tissue in the body called Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). The Galt stores B and T Lymphocytes which defend against invaders, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and many other microorganisms. It is so critical to have a healthy digestive system as over 60 percent of your lymphatic system or immune system is interwoven with your gut.

 

My famous saying is, “There are no fences in your body.” If you don’t digest your food well or if you are not eliminating daily, it will be impossible to obtain optimal health.  My nickname in the lecture world is Dr. Poop for a reason.  The most important thing I teach is the connection your digestive system has with your entire body; the health of your colon affects every aspect of your health (See Detox & Colon Cleansing page). Long before you have problems with the respiratory, Immune, structural, or even your circulatory system, you more than likely had a problem with digestion and elimination. By learning how these systems work, you can better understand where the root of your imbalance stems.

 

You may have heard of the term leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which the tight cellular junctions inside the small intestines become inflamed and loose, or weakened, allowing passage of unwanted substances (like gluten and certain proteins from dairy) to leak through the walls of the small intestine and into the bloodstream. This is now being heavily researched as a root cause for many autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, Crohns’s rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, and even multiple sclerosis (See Immune page).

 

One of the major reasons for leaky gut is an overgrowth of harmful gut bacteria known as dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So, it is critical to have a healthy number of friendly bacteria inside your digestive system.  Taking the right type probiotics can be essential to rebuilding your body’s first line of defense against disease. 

 

One of most common over used medications, which can be extremely dangerous to your health, is antacids or Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s).  These medications are usually used for acid reflux, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or stomach ulcers. They work by neutralizing stomach acid, which can block absorption of vital nutrients from your food. Long-term use leads to malnutrition and even osteoporosis.

 

What most people don’t know is they are addictive, can cause rebound acid, and actually increase gastric acid secretion totally interfering with how your digestive system should work. These medications deplete the body of critical nutrients because these drugs alter the pH of the Gut.    

 

I have specialized in digestive health for many years, below you will see some to the key nutritional formulas I use to help support a healthy digestive system, along with a whole foods diet, as well as tips for to improve your digestion.

 

Dr Sheryl’s Tips to Improve Digestion
Eat small, frequent, pH balanced meals per day. Make sure not to overeat!
Take nutraMetrix Isontonix® Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics to help naturally liquefy and break down food so your stomach doesn’t have to overproduce acid.
Take Ultimate Aloe® Juice to help soothe and lubricate the stomach lining and stimulate new cell growth in the GI tract.
Take pH balancing supplements. (See our pH balance page.)
If you suffer from irregular bowels, or have been on antibiotics, consider taking nutraMetix NutriClean® Probiotics daily to ensure your digestive tract has adequate amounts of friendly bacteria.

Dr. Sheryl Recommends These Natural Supplements For Digestive Health

  • “I have several digestive problems, gastroparesis, and a hiatal hernia thus the acid reflux. I often get nauseous as well. The Aloe Juice takes care of nausea within minutes. I am also prone to acid reflux. The Aloe Juice relieves the burning shortly after taking it. This is one product I refuse to live without! I cannot tell you how important the aloe is for me.”
    Ginny Simonsen
  • “I went to Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Summerfest. Of course, there was eating and drinking various sweets, and fried foods. Around 3 AM, I woke up with the worst acid reflux I had ever experienced. I grabbed a handful of the store-bought relief, but it did not help. I was coughing, my throat was burning, my stomach was really upset, and I was shaking. To make a long story short, I remembered I had my Ultimate Aloe Juice. As soon as I drank some, I felt instant relief in my throat, and my stomach settled almost immediately. I continued slowly sip my Aloe and was able to go back to sleep. I will never be without it again.”
    Patti Maguire
  • “My mom is 68 years old. She has suffered with acid reflux for years. There wasn’t a day that she didn’t take an antacid. Two months ago, she started taking Isotonix Digestive Enzyme with Probiotics twice a day and has not had any acid reflux symptoms since. She is amazed at the results.”
    Nicole Campbell
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Long-term use of commonly prescribed drugs like PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), traditionally used for gastrointestinal conditions, can have many negative side effects. Acid-blocking drugs cut acid production too much, causing the inadequate breakdown of food and results in the inability to effectively absorb calcium, vitamins, and minerals in the digestive process.

This can adversely affect the balance of the entire body system and in some cases lead to osteoporosis. Withdrawal from PPI’s can lead to severe rebound acid secretion, a complication that can force users to become dependent on them.

Aloe is an excellent supplement for addressing gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcers, GERD, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, or constipation. Unlike prescription medications, aloe juice can be used long-term with no side-effects. Because of this, and the added benefits to the entire digestive tract and immune system, it is the very first product I use to improve the condition of the digestive tract.

 

Many of my clients who have suffered with acid reflux so severe they could not sleep lying on their back, found amazing results using Isotonix digestive enzymes after their largest meals along with drinking the Ultimate Aloe juice each day to help sooth and calm irritated tissues inside the GI tract.


Ultimate Aloe® won the International Aloe Science Council award for the highest level of polysaccharides. Many aloe products on the market are not concentrated and do not have enough active ingredients to be effective.

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Recommended Complementary Products For Digestive Health

nutraMetrix Isotonix® Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics

Stomach acid decreases as we age. As we grow older our level of stomach acids naturally decrease. When we eat heavy foods or eat a huge meal we don’t have enough acids to break down these foods. The stomach overcompensates and begins to produce extra acid which then can create acid reflux problems over time. If we take digestive enzymes with our meals we take the pressure off of the stomach. Because of the digestive enzymes it does not need to produce excess acids to help break down the foods. Digestive enzymes help your body’s natural digestive processes.


nutraMetrix Digestive Enzyme Formula with Probiotics helps to replenish the essential enzymes-amylase, protease, cellulose, lactase, lipase, maltase, and sucrase and “good” bacteria – Lactobacillus sporogenes, necessary for maximum absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. Unlike tablet digestive aids this formula presented in an Isotonix delivery system meaning it is broken down and ready to go to work on liquifying the food you consume.

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Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
May help ease occasional stomach upset
Promotes digestion and absorption of nutrients
Supports a healthy skin, digestive tract and immune function
nutraMetrix NutriClean® Probiotics

nutraMetrix NutriClean® Probiotics are 10 carefully selected bacterial strains with a unique role to help your body maintain bacterial balance and optimal digestive health. The digestive system is a primary part of immune defense, containing approximately 70 percent of the body’s immune system. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion and supports a healthy immune system.

Supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, and a normal immune response
Promotes bowel regularity, colon health, and stomach comfort
Promotes healthy vaginal flora
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In today’s world of processed and fast foods, you are what you eat. With the less than ideal standard American diet, the body must work harder to break down food, absorb nutrients and get rid of waste. Maintaining digestive and immune health depends on a combination of optimal bacterial balance and maximum nutrient absorption.

Each product in the Digestive Health Kit works synergistically to support digestive comfort, regularity, immune function, proper nutrient absorption and promotes the balance of good bacteria in the gut.

Plus, by purchasing the nutraMetrix Digestive Health Kit instead of buying these products individually you save 22% – a $19.90 value!

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nutraMetrix® Timeless Prescription™ Oxygen Extreme
nutraMetrix Isotonix® Multi-Mineral
nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe® – Kiwi Strawberry
nutraMetrix Isotonix® Activated-B Complex
nutraMetrix NutriClean® HepatoCleanse
nutraMetrix® Curcumin Extreme™
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About

Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator

Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.

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