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Digestive System

Find natural health information about this body system here, along with product suggestions from our naturopathic team.

If you need help or advice, please email our naturopathic team with your health question. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Acid and alkaline forming foods

If you eat over 80% alkaline forming foods, you preserve the normal alkalinity of the blood & will not need to think about diets. Your body will stay in balance & will adjust to its ideal weight.

Alcoholism

Alcohol affects our moods, sensations and behaviour. Alcohol addiction is believed to be caused by morphine-like substances, which arise from acetaldehyde & dopamine in the brain.

Benefits of fasting and detoxifying

On a cleansing & detoxifying program, the body's tissues will start to release stored toxins for excretion through the detoxification processes of the liver & kidneys. These organs need to function efficiently in order to prevent degenerative diseases.

Common foods that could be a problem

Certain foods can trigger adverse reactions in the body and cause problems such as indigestion, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, candida overgrowth and allergies. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, then try the following meal suggestions.

Foods to help detoxification

The liver acts as the body's primary detoxification organ for the clearance of toxins. Certain vitamins & minerals, as well as plant nutrients, can help support the liver in its detoxification & eliminative processes.

Free radicals and antioxidants

Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, mineral and enzymes that help protect our body from the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are produced by our own metabolism and from the environment.

Gluten foods

Gluten is a component of a number of grains commonly found in Western diets. Gluten contains a protein known as alpha-gliadin, which can cause severe digestive & bowel complaints in susceptible people.

Good nutrition for positive weight control

Never before have the statistics on obesity been so high in New Zealand, with more than half of the adult population being either overweight or obese. When we look at these statistics, we find that the NZ pattern is similar to the United States trend.

Liver cleansing herbs

The liver acts as the body's primary detoxification organ for the clearance of toxins. Certain vitamins & minerals, as well as plant nutrients, can help support the liver in its detoxification & eliminative processes.

The Candida Plan

Candida albicans is a type of yeast-like fungus that inhabits the intestine, genital tract, mouth & throat. Normally it lives in healthy balance with other bacteria & yeasts in the body, but certain conditions can cause it to multiply causing an infection

The Good Health Diet

The Good Health Diet suggests a number of important points for improving health & well-being.

Water, the elixir of life

Most people do not drink enough water and unknowingly they are chronically dehydrating their body. Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing wiehgt & keeping it off.

Please Note

The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered and is intended to be used for educational and general information purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice or as a means to diagnose, treat, cure or prescribe for any particular condition or disease. You assume all responsibility for the treatment which may be undertaken as a result of the information on this site, or treatment recommended by any other party. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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