Fiber First!

Dietary Roughage Prevents a Rough Time in the Bathroom

Dietary roughage is essential for effective digestive tract function. Island Healthworks discusses whole food dietary componants for healthy digestive tract function.

Whole foods like the green vegetables, root vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and legumes pictured deliver fiber and nutrients, supporting healthy digestive tract function.
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Humans evolved to eat whole foods. Attempted reliance upon refined foods robs us of essential fiber and nutrients in our diet, while taking up space in our bodies and wasting valuable digestive resources. Whole foods, in contrast provide valuable fibre that assists in their digestion, while being equipped with vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid bearing components that ensure they are not just taking up space in our body, but giving us the nutrition we require.

Roughage is needed to maintain momentum in our gastrointestinal tract. Some of the most popular processed foods are challenging for the digestive system to eliminate and may clog our digestive tract, slowing down digestion due to a lack of roughage. Then, the food may decompose due to the length of time taken to pass through our intestines. This same clogging effect may occur with any food when we lack adequate fiber intake in our regular diet. Furthermore, many processed foods have been stripped of essential nutrients through refinement and simply take space without providing the nutrients that whole foods contain.

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Cat’s Claw Herb: The Facts from Island Healthworks

Cat's Claw may benefit digestion and immunity - Island Healthworks

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Cat’s Claw may Support Immunity & Digestive Health

 

Cat’s Claw, native to the rainforests of Peru is an increasingly popular herbal formulation known for its potentially strengthening effects that target the immune system and gastrointestinal system.  Known as a sacred beverage by the Ashanika tribe, Cat’s Claw has long been used to strengthen the immune system and support healthy bones, ligaments and digestive tract components of the body. Known as Uncaria tomentosa in scientific nomenclature, this herb may promote the balancing of intestinal flora, which affects the physical condition and biochemistry of these This herb may be associated with reductions in inflammation, which is a body state recognized as an underlying root cause of many health afflictions as discussed in our previous articles.  Symptoms relating to Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, ulcers and hemorrhoids may indicate the use of this herb. Choosing the right herbs for your purposes is important. Healthworks only recommends the use of Quality Controlled Herbs and Supplements.

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This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. Article text copyright © 2014 Island Healthworks. All Rights Reserved.   

Article by Christopher M. Stephens – Content Writer & Communications Manager for Island Healthworks, With Yvonne Dollard Perc of Island Healthworks.

 

Ginger for Circulation, Warmth & Digestion

Ginger is Used for Digestive Relief, Inflammation & Circulation

Ginger may relieve digestive upsets and promote better circulation - Island Healthworks

Ginger Root is a Warming Herb with Digestive & Circulation Supporting Properties.

Ginger is may be a well known culinary herb, but it is also a fairly potent and effective medicinal herb. Native to the Old World, with a long history of cultivation, this herb is known to providing a warming, stimulating effect.

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Health Nuggets: The Power of Ginger

Ginger is Used for Digestive Relief, Inflammation & Circulation

Ginger may relieve digestive upsets and promote better circulation - Island Healthworks

Ginger Root is a Warming Herb with Digestive & Circulation Supporting Properties.

Ginger is may be a well known culinary herb, but it is also a fairly potent and effective medicinal herb. Native to the Old World, with a long history of cultivation, this herb is known to providing a warming, stimulating effect. Ginger encourages digestive juice production, and may be used by those seeking to address a wide range of complaints as well as pain, slow body function and congestion. The warming herb may relieve upset stomachs, flatulence and diarrhea, while nausea and vomiting may be curbed. This plant was traditionally used as an antispasmodic and indigestion inhibitor. Constipation relief may also be provided. Ginger may be used to treat dysmenorrhea, ovarian neuralgia and morning sickness. Rheumatic joint pain relief has been attributed to ginger. While scientific studies are still limited, a study by the British Journal Food and Medical Toxicology showed that inflammatory responses may be reduced by ginger.  The herb has a strong, satisfying flavor with a sweet scent, and is widely used in drinks, supplements and as a buffering herb. This plant includes potentially powerful volatile oils as well as carbohydrates, fats, trace elements, nutrient minerals and important vitamins in its rich chemical composition. Ginger may be taken as a herbal pill or enjoyed as a fresh tea for medicinal purposes. Ginger use is best accompanied by medical practitioner advice. Avoid taking while using medications without first seeking qualified help.  Quality Control is an essential consideration when choosing herbal products.

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