The short answer is yes, but to better understand what that means, let’s take a deeper look.
What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye which in turn is often found in pasta, bread, cakes, and breakfast cereal.
Whole Grain: Whole grain does not mean wheat or that it contains gluten… In fact, true grains are edible seeds of certain grasses and for a food to be considered “whole grain,” it must contain 100% of the original seed. Amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat are considered whole grains.
In-soluble Fiber: Wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains help to promote digestion by adding bulk to the stool and help it move quickly through the stomach/intestines.
Soluble Fiber: Oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits/vegetables when digested attract water and turn into a gel-like substance.
Psyllium husk comes from the small seeds of the Plantago Ovata plant. The small shrub-like plant can produce up to 15,000 seeds at a time. The husk is milled from the seed and is a rich soluble fiber, that has many benefits and uses. Since psyllium husk is classified as a seed, it contains no gluten in its natural state.
Gluten-Free and your health
According the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten-free living appeals to about 30 percent of American adults, though it seems to still be widely misunderstood, .4 percent of people have a doctor-diagnosed wheat allergy. When people with celiac disease eat gluten it prompts an immune system attack on the small intestine causing diarrhea and/or bloating. The misconception that gluten-free is healthier has led to avoidance of whole grains which is an important source of fiber, micronutrients, and prebiotics.
As previously stated plain psyllium husk is naturally gluten-free. However some companies will add wheat flour as a binding agent. So the best way to be completely sure that you are getting 100% psyllium husk is to read the ingredients on the product’s Nutrition/Supplement Facts panel.
When it comes to fruits, summer time has the sweetest and the juiciest of all year. When thinking about juicy fruits, one stands out above the rest -- guess that explains why August is National Peach Month!
A symbol of longevity and immortality, peaches are low in calories, have no saturated fat, and are a good source of dietary fiber. This sweet fruit is not only packed full of vitamins and nutrients, but it also aids digestion.
Is your mouth watering for more? Let’s take a look at peaches on digestion --
In recent years gut health is really starting to get the spotlight. Even accompanied by research, the public is barely starting to realize that the gut is the Gateway to Better Health. In an effort to share knowledge and show support for sufferers of digestive issues, Health Plus acknowledges that August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month.
Cause, Symptoms and Treatment for Gastroparesis
The cause is unknown. However symptoms may begin following virus infections, surgeries, some medications or illnesses such as complications of diabetes. Most people have idiopathic Gastroparesis, meaning a doctor may not be able to identify the cause, even with medical tests. Even though there is no cure, treatment can help to relieve symptoms that may last from years to life-long.
In addition, sufferers may seek aid from supplement nutritional drinks and a daily multi-vitamin if dietary intake is inadequate. Many people have also explored alternative medicines and natural remedies to elevate symptoms. Suffers of Gastroparesis have reported improvement of discomfort after incorporating the following healthy practices -- acupuncture, bone broth, deep belly breaths, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Health Plus® Inc. was founded in 1981 in the back of a small health food store. Owners Pat and Rita Mediratta saw a need among their customers for a fiber product that aided in regularity and occasional constipation. They began importing Psyllium Husk from India and bagging it in the back of their store. Jump forward 36 years and we are now considered to be the founder of the cleansing market with our flagship, trademarked products Colon Cleanse® and Super Colon Cleanse®.
Health Plus has been a FDA registered manufacturing facility since 1989 and is cGMP compliant. Our commitment is to provide safe top quality innovations that you can count on every time. We do this by upholding the most comprehensive quality assurance programs in the industry that are centered on rigorous procurement standards and testing protocols.
With over 36 years of experience in gut health, Health Plus is entrenched in ensuring our customers are up to date with the most current research on the digestive system. Which is why we have introduced the Prebiotic Formula™.
The trillions of probiotic cells in our digestive tract are living organisms that need food to survive. These probiotics don’t eat just any food, they feed on prebiotic fibers. Prebiotic fibers are non‐digestible to the human body but highly digestible to probiotics, which is why it is so important to ensure you get enough prebiotics daily to feed the thousands of strains of microflora in your digestive tract. Our unique formulation provides you with multiple sources of prebiotic fibers such as FOS, Inulin, Burdock Root, and Arabinogalactan to feed the majority rather than supplementing with just a few probiotics. Each strain of probiotics has a particular function and the thousands in our bodies work synergistically to maintain a well-functioning digestive system. This is why it is essential to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
Research shows that there are over 100 trillion bacterial cells in one single individual, which outnumber human cells by ten-fold. There is estimated to be over 160 different species of colonized bacteria at any given time, with at least 1,000 individual bacterial strains. Significant variability has been identified in human gut microbiome composition, with ongoing research identifying factors that affect an individual’s digestive bacterial composition. Factors such as age, diet, geographic location, disease state, and antibiotics have been identified as contributors to variation in our gut genome. Thus, making it increasingly challenging to decipher who needs what strain of probiotic to supplement their naturally occurring bacteria.
Prebiotics are fibers that our digestive systems cannot breakdown. The molecular configuration of these prebiotics is what makes them different from regular sugars. The difference between these fibers is two switched molecules. These two switched molecules cannot be broken down by our digestive system. This permits them to reach the large intestine, where the trillions of bacteria feed, colonize, and flourish.
By getting plenty of prebiotic fibers daily you are supporting the growth of bacteria that your body needs to maintain symbiosis and overall health.
Ancient plants have been used by cultures around the world to aid and support dietary needs for centuries. Fast-forward to modern times, people still seek and utilize plants by incorporating them into foods, drinks, and supplements to achieve optimum health. As part of a weekly spotlight, we will take a deeper look at commonly used herbs that help support natural living.
In the world of gut health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers are often looking for help to aid symptom discomforts. In honor of April being IBS Awareness Month, let’s talk about that “gut” feeling and some possible aids to send your gut some love.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is described as belly discomfort or pain and may include trouble maintaining regular bowel movements. This condition causes the digestive system to be hypersensitive and to over-react to mild stimulation which may result in either bowel muscle spasms or inconsistent muscle movement. Currently, it is not clear what causes IBS though there are a few theories involving hormones, stress, other illnesses, or diet. Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects people of all ages.
Here are some hints for these sufferers --
Foods to avoid…
Chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, sugar-free gum & candy, dairy, and alcohol/caffeine all can adversely affect the digestive system for those suffering from IBS.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Written By: HealthPlus Inc.
Having Digestion Problems?
Are you suffering from digestive problems? Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or constipation?
Don't worry! Digestive problems are actually more common in today’s society than you might think. This is partly due to the different types of foods we eat such as fast food, alcohol, heavy starches, etc.... It is important that your body can digest and break down foods into nutrients containing fats, proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins. We know talking about your pooping habits can be kind of embarrassing so here are 10 Herbs That Support Healthy Digestion.
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Why is Turmeric Good for you?
What is Turmeric and where does it come from?
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is perennial a herbaceous plant and is considered a part of the ginger family, native to Southern Asia. Turmeric was first used as a dye for its deep orange yellow hue. It's commonly used in Asian foods such as curry and yellow mustard for its warm, bitter taste. Out of all the Southern Asian countries, India remains one of the most prominent producers of turmeric.
How much should I take?
The preparation for turmeric is the same as ginger. All you have to do is peel off the outer layer skin and then either cut or grate the root. The daily amount of turmeric you can take depends on the method of consumption. There are three different ways to consume turmeric: Fresh turmeric root, dried turmeric root powder, or supplementation. Each method has different dosage of turmeric.
- cut root: 1.5 - 3 grams per day
- dried powder: 1-3 grams per day
- supplement: 1.2 - 1.8 grams per day
Note: If you are using powder: 1 tbs daily is okay
Overall, Turmeric is really a powerful natural ingredient. Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants, making it a powerful healer.
Turmeric Root and Powder image: Turmeric vs. Cumin Spiceography showdown http://www.spiceography.com/turmeric-vs-cumin/
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We all have seen the word “prebiotic” on supplements or in relation to healthy living. But what the heck are they!? Well, here is the technical definition according to Mariam-Webster.com, "of, relating to, or being chemical or environmental precursors of the origin of life <prebioticmolecules>; also : existing or occurring before the origin of life." In simple terms, prebiotics are food for the naturally occuring probiotics within the digestive tract. Yes, probiotics are different than prebiotics.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural non-digestible fibers that help promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. These fibers are considered soluble fiber and while our digestive system cannot digest them, probiotics can. In order to maintain your good bacteria you will need to feed them prebiotics. These non-digestible fibers can be found in a number of foods such as:
Let’s do a quick breakdown of prebiotics in relations to probiotics.
Probiotics are living microorganisms inside your gastrointestinal tract. This might sound bad but is actually good. They are responsible for aiding in healthy digestion, immune support, vaginal health, and the list goes on! Like all living things, probiotics need to be fed to stay alive. That's where prebiotics come in.
However, these are not typically foods that you would eat in large quantities or every day for that matter. This is why Health Plus has formulated Prebiotic Formula.
Prebiotic Formula contains 2 grams daily to keep probiotics thriving. That's not all! It is also formulated with digestive enzymes and probiotics! Enzymes assist with this breaking down fats, starches, and proteins. They may also help with gas and bloating.
Don't starve your friendly bacteria! They need you. Receive 10% off our Prebiotic Formula with this special blog offer! USE CODE: PREBLOG at checkout!
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We all were told by our parents, “Eat your fruits and veggies or you'll have a hard time pooping.” Now, 30+ years later, you are browsing the internet looking for home remedies to solve your problem". In the back of your head, you can hear your mom’s voice saying, “I told you so.” Well, don’t worry too much. We are here to help!.
Whether you are just starting your first cleanse or looking for help with occasional constipation, it is important to focus on fruits and vegetables with a high concentration of fiber. The following fruits and veggies have an abundance of fiber, nutrients, and vitamins.