A healthy digestive system is so important to our overall wellness. Your system can break down food better extract and absorb the nutrients it needs. An unhealthy system or upset stomach really gets in the way of living your best life. A healthy gut supports your entire body from your immune system to your emotions. Your stomach is even called a "second brain" by some.
The first thing to do is to assess where you are. What are your nutritional habits? This issue can be filled with so many differing viewpoints. But, one thing most agree on is less processed food, less additives, less stimulants and more simple whole foods.
I am an advocate of a whole food plant based diet and you'll see include a lot of recipes here on my blog. But wherever you are, start by adding in more good whole foods to your menu. Additionally, it can be helpful to add in a supplement like dōTERRA's Lifelong Vitality Pack to help fill in the gaps. There is a Vegan version I use and love. The reality is that nutrients in our soil are becoming less bioavailable. Even with a perfect diet, many may benefit from added supplements.
I like a supplement called Terrazyme from dōTERRA. It is a blend of active whole-food digestive enzymes that help digest proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber. These help break down food to convert to energy for the cells.
Another thing to look for are ways to support a healthy "microbiome" in your gut. Healthy adults normally have over 1,000 species of bacteria in their gut. These healthy bacteria have been connected to many aspects of health including emotions, weight, and immune function. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies is a great way to support these helpful bacteria. You can also supplement with a probiotic. Many people find that beneficial.
When something doesn't feel right and your system isn't functioning properly, you can turn to DigestZen blend for support. It comes in the essential oil blend, as Softgels, and in chewable tablets. This helps soothe occasional stomach upset, and reduct gas and bloating.
Some of our favorites are:
Lemon- great to use daily as a gentle system cleanse. A drop of two in your water is delicious.
Tangerine- another great citrus oil to support a gentle cleanse.
PB Assist+- is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique double layer time-release veggie capsule.
doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack- one of dōTERRA's most popular products and one that's in our cart every month. Supports general overall wellness in many areas including digestive health.
Terrazyme- digestive enzyme blend from active whole-foods that support cofactors often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative heavy foods.
DigestZen- the essential oil, soft gels, and tablets support healthy digestion and soothe occasional stomach upset. Also helps to reduct bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion. These products are a definite go-to for any family.
Ginger- widely recognized as a go-to oil for digestive support. Many love to use this one for occasional nausea or upset due to motion. Also helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.
Peppermint- can help alleviate occasional stomach upset when taken internally.
Simple tips for supporting digestive health:
- Eat a whole food plant based diet.
- Take dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality supplements daily with food.
- Use DigestZen tablets with or between meals as needed.
- Take one to three TerraZyme capsules with meals throughout the day to promote a healthy digestive process.
- Rub DigestZen Touch over the abdomen for soothing comfort.
- Add a drop of DigestZen blend or Peppermint to your drinking water.
- During travel or motion, diffuse Ginger or place a drop in your hand and inhale.
- Add a drop of Lemon or Tangerine to your water for gentle cleansing and digestive benefits.
- For kids, a good DIY roller bottle blend for tummies is 5 drops Wild Orange and 5 drops DigestZen in a 10 mL roller bottle topped with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Rub over the abdomen for soothing.
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