The Power of 3 for Optimal Digestive Health

If having better gut health (or maintaining the good gut health you currently enjoy) is one of your self-care goals, there is no better way than by adding the power of three – probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes.

Putting these three powerful tools together will help improve your digestion and help eliminate digestive issues. Together they can also help maximize the nutrition you get from everything you eat, which boosts your immune system and your overall health.

 

Your Gut Health

Your gut contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria; together, they make up your gut microbiome. When your microbiome is in balance, meaning good bacteria dominate and far outnumber harmful bacteria – all of your bodily systems work better.

Eating yogurt and fermented foods rich in probiotics is an excellent way to help maintain gut balance. Another way you can help the good bacteria thrive is by taking probiotics and prebiotic supplements together.

 

Probiotics & Prebiotics – What’s the Difference?

Think of the relationship between probiotics and prebiotics like a garden. Probiotics are the diverse plants, flowers, and trees that bring the garden to life. Prebiotics are like fertilizer that helps the plants in your garden grow lush and strong.

Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that help your gut perform many duties that dramatically benefit your overall health. Probiotics supplements reinforce helpful bacteria, delivering microbes directly to where you need them.

Prebiotics are types of starches and fiber that feed the good bacteria in your microbiome and allow them to thrive.

But that’s not all prebiotics do for you; their benefits go beyond food for good gut bacteria. Prebiotics strengthen your bones by enhancing the absorption of magnesium and calcium. Prebiotic also take part in fat metabolism and appetite regulation.

Taking prebiotic and probiotic supplements together like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics and Ulitmate Prebiotic Complex helps create a more balanced microbiome, leading to better digestion, fewer gastric disruptions, and more complete nutrient absorption. And better nutrient absorption means your entire body gets more of what it needs for health and wellbeing.

Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes are a type of protein within cells that create chemical reactions. Your body contains many different kinds of enzymes that help perform various tasks like removing toxins from your body, digesting food, and building muscles. Digestive enzymes are enzymes that turn the food you eat into the molecules you use as energy.

There are four primary digestive enzymes. Protease helps breakdown protein. Amylase comes from the salivary glands, pancreas, and intestines to break down starch and carbs. Lactase breaks down lactose or milk sugar. And lipase comes from the intestines and breaks down oils and fats.

Several factors impact your digestive enzymes. Food choices can either help or hinder them, and certain foods like pineapple, papaya, mango, and spinach contain some digestive enzymes.

Unhealthy things we consume like alcohol can alter the stomach and intestines’ pH and reduce the number of digestive enzymes in your system. Some health issues and prescription medications like antibiotics can also reduce digestive enzymes.

Without enough digestive enzymes, your body can’t digest your food correctly, which leads to food intolerances that feel like cramps, uncomfortable bloating, and gas or worse. When the enzymes in your body are affected, or your digestive enzyme production isn’t as good as it should be, digestive enzyme supplements can help.

Digestive enzyme supplements help fortify the enzymes in your stomach and intestines to help improve digestion. Chose a digestive enzyme supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Incredible Digestive Enzymes that contains a complete range of enzymes able to break down the most troublesome foods like dairy and gluten.

Whether you reach for prebiotic or probiotic supplements, digestive enzymes, or all three, it’s well worth the benefits you’ll feel. Boosting your gut health will give you long-term benefits that affect your entire body, get more nutrition from the foods you eat and give you a more robust immune system, and so much more.

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5 Common Signs of a Gluten Sensitivity and How to Remedy It

Gluten has, in recent years, been demonized in many circles, leading to a mass boycott of this family of proteins. But gluten is harmless if you don’t have an adverse reaction to it.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Gluten consists of two main proteins called glutenin and gliadin. When these two proteins mix with water, they become glue-like in consistency, hence the name. Gluten gives bread dough it’s elastic nature and gives the final product its much-beloved chewy texture.

Around one percent of the population has celiac disease, which is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. In people with celiac disease, the immune system believes that the gluten proteins are foreign invaders, and it attacks them–along with the gut wall. Classified as an autoimmune disease, celiac disease can cause severe damage to the digestive system.

Gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, is different from celiac disease and has milder symptoms. Unlike celiac disease, gluten sensitivity doesn’t damage the gut lining, but it can cause serious intestinal discomfort nonetheless.

Studies show that the majority of people who believe they’re gluten intolerant may not have a gluten sensitivity at all. One study found that only 25 percent of those who reported gluten sensitivity met the diagnostic criteria. That doesn’t mean that eating a lot of gluten still won’t make your gut unhappy.

Common Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

The symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity are wide-ranging, and some, like headaches, aren’t directly related to digestion. On their own, each symptom can have a myriad of causes. But if multiple symptoms occur together, it could be a sign of gluten sensitivity. The following are the five most common signs of non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

1. Bloating


Bloating is a very common digestive woe, and it’s associated with all kinds of foods and conditions. Research shows that around 87 percent of people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity experience frequent bloating discomfort.

2. Diarrhea and constipation


People who have regular bouts of diarrhea or constipation may be gluten-sensitive, especially if their feces are particularly foul-smelling. A recent study found that over half of people with gluten sensitivity have frequent diarrhea, and around 25 percent experience regular constipation.

3. Headaches


While headaches are very common and have numerous causes, regular headaches that occur along with digestive symptoms can indicate a gluten sensitivity. In fact, some studies show that gluten-sensitive people may be more likely to experience migraines than non-sensitive people.

4. Fatigue


Up to 82 percent of people with gluten sensitivity frequently feel tired and fatigued, according to research, especially after eating foods containing gluten. In some cases, gluten intolerance can cause anemia, which contributes to fatigue.

5. Skin issues


Skin problems are common in people with celiac disease, and they can also indicate a gluten sensitivity in those without celiac. Skin problems associated with gluten sensitivity include psoriasis (scaly, red skin), alopecia areata (non-scarring hair loss), and chronic urticaria (itchy, pink or red lesions with pale centers).

How Gluten Sensitivity is Diagnosed and Treated

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is diagnosed if:

•You experience immediate symptoms after ingesting gluten.
•You cut out gluten and symptoms disappear.
•You re-introduce gluten and experience symptoms again.
•Medical exams rule out celiac disease and wheat allergy.
•A blinded gluten test confirms non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

If you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the most important thing to do is to take good care of your digestive health every day to reduce symptoms. A daily probiotic like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics can help keep your gut flora in balance to reduce digestive discomfort, while our Incredible Digestive Enzymes support gluten digestion as well as the digestion of carbs, dairy, and fiber.

Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your gluten sensitivity, you may need to avoid gluten altogether, although some people with this condition can consume small amounts of gluten without too much trouble. Through trial and error, and with supplemental digestive support, you can find out what works best for you.





 

 

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The 10 Worst Foods for IBS

For many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms may be triggered by specific foods. What triggers your symptoms may be different from what triggers the symptoms of fellow sufferers, but these 10 foods are likely culprits for anyone with IBS.

1. Gluten

Although gluten is often unfairly demonized, it’s fair to say that gluten can be a major trigger for IBS. Gluten is a type of protein found in certain grains, including rye, wheat, and barley. Many people who have IBS are also gluten intolerant and may experience symptoms like bloating, cramps, and diarrhea.

2. Fried Foods

Fried foods are high in fat and can be particularly hard on the digestive systems of people who have IBS. Frying food makes it more difficult to digest, so other cooking methods are recommended for people with IBS and other gastrointestinal problems.

3. Caffeine

Coffee and other drinks containing caffeine stimulate the intestines and can cause diarrhea. Instead of consuming drinks with caffeine when you need a little boost, go for a brisk walk.

4. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are found in sugarless gum, candy, and diet drinks. Commonly used artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium, aspartame, and sucralose, and since these and other sugar substitutes are difficult for the body to absorb, they can easily trigger IBS symptoms.

5. Alcohol

Many people with IBS have trouble drinking alcohol because of how their body digests it. The dehydrating effects of alcohol are also problematic for people with IBS. If you enjoy drinking alcohol, stick with gluten-free beer, or enjoy a cocktail mixed with soda water.

6. Broccoli and Cauliflower

While broccoli and cauliflower are healthy vegetables, they’re not always ideal for people with IBS. These vegetables are among the hardest for people to digest, and when they’re broken down in the intestines, they produce gas and may cause constipation.

7. Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber is that which can’t be digested. Although it adds healthy bulk to your diet, insoluble fiber can make diarrhea worse for people with IBS. Soluble fiber, which is found in grains, root vegetables, legumes, and berries, is a better choice if you have digestive woes.

8. Dairy

Dairy products contain fat, which can worsen diarrhea. They also contain lactose, and since many people with IBS are also lactose intolerant, dairy products may need to be restricted. Suitable dairy substitutes include rice, soy, or nut milks and cheeses.

9. Beans and Legumes

For some people, beans and legumes can help reduce constipation by increasing the bulk in the stool. But they’re also notorious for causing gas, cramping, and bloating, especially in people with IBS. Different varieties can produce different results, so trial and error may help you find which types you can safely eat.

10. Processed Foods

Highly processed foods like bread, crackers, sweets, and chips contain high levels of fat, sugar, preservatives, and other additives that can cause problems with digestion. Choosing mostly fresh, whole foods is the healthiest way to eat whether or not you have IBS.

Everyone’s IBS triggers are different, and once you know what yours are, staying away from those foods will help you remain as symptom-free as possible. Regardless of what you eat, a daily probiotic like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics can help you maintain optimal gut flora balance for better digestion and fewer IBS symptoms.



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The Mysteries of Your Digestive System Revealed

human digestive system

If you often feel cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or pain in your gut, you must know that digestive woes are extremely common. In America 60 to 70 million people live with a digestive disease, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

From chronic constipation to Crohn’s disease and from gallstones to gastroesophageal reflux disease, digestive problems can dramatically lower your quality of life. Understanding how Continue reading “The Mysteries of Your Digestive System Revealed”

Recipe: Big Flavor Super Hummus Dip

We know that this time of the year, there are plenty of “bugs” going around…

And since you’re a loyal member of the Stonehenge Health community, you already know — one of the best ways to stay healthy is to:

Keep your gut healthy.

Now, chances are, you’re already on the right track — especially if you’re using any of our gut supporting formulas, like Dynamic Biotics or Incredible Digestive Enzymes

But, we understand that you’re going to indulge every now and then — like when you’re hosting a party for a big sporting event, movie night, or family gathering.

Foods at an event like that can be strong enough to knock down even the HEALTHIEST gut.

So, to keep your health on track and keep those “bad gut days” at bay…we’re sharing a simple, nourishing, affordable recipe you can make to snack on during your favorite championship game, party, or really anytime at all.

We call it our “Super Hummus Dip” — because it’s ALWAYS a hit at every big get together.

Here’s how you make it:

Super Hummus Dip

Prep Time: 1 HR

Servings: Makes two cups

INGREDIENTS:

*1 Head of roasted garlic
*3 cups of chickpeas
*Zest of 1 large lemon
*Juice of 1 large lemon
*2 ounces of tahini
*2 ounces of olive oil
*Sea salt and white pepper (to taste)

Step 1:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Grab your garlic. Cut them about a ¼ of an inch from the top to expose the cloves. Peel off the loose skin and place the garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzling a bit of olive oil on top.

Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. When you check on the garlic, you should be able to easily slide your knife in.

When the pan is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the soft garlic and set the pan to the side.

Step 2:
Now, place your chickpeas in a bowl and run some lukewarm water over them. Next, dump them out and shake off any excess water.

Place your chickpeas in a pressure cooker for 45 minutes. (Set this up right after you place your garlic in the oven to save yourself some time.).

Step 3:
Finally, we’re ready to prepare the hummus: Place your chickpeas in a food processor. Add in your garlic, the zest of a lemon, lemon juice, your tahini and lastly, your olive oil.

Now, process the mixture until you achieve your desired level of smoothness. (If the mixture is too thick for your liking, just add in a bit of cold water until it’s the consistency you desire.)

Now all you need to do is season everything with some salt and pepper.

Voila, you’ve got an incredibly simple, delicious, healthy snack you can prepare for any championship occasion.

Recipe: Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes (A Stunning Combination)

If there’s one thing we LOVE about this time of year…

It’s the smell of freshly baked foods coming from ovens and stovetops all across the country.

We’re talking about all sorts of ingredients, too — delicious fruits, veggies, and more…

Which means you can get a wide variety of delicious, healthy foods.

Plus, it’s just fun to stroll through the produce section at the grocery store and see what fresh items may be on sale.

But if you ask me, the REAL fun starts when you get home and start experimenting with new recipes.

Now, most people might keep their healthy carbs in one dish and use fruit for dessert…that’s pretty traditional, after all.

But we just took a trip to the store for the office and put together an unexpected combo of healthy carbs and fruit…and cooked them up on the stove for a perfectly tasty and health-boosting side dish.

Not only is this dish super delicious…it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients to power you through busy days or long nights.

So without further ado, here it is:

Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Prep: 10 mins + Cook: 30 mins = Total: 40 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons of your favorite butter alternative
1/4 cup stevia
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and sliced
1/8 cup rice milk

Directions
In a medium saucepan, fill it with the two sweet potatoes and enough water to cover them both. Bring your water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Now, let them simmer for about 20 minutes (or until they’re tender).

Next, remove the potatoes from the skillet, drain them and set them to the side.

Now, grab a small saucepan and toss in your alternative butter. (We prefer Melt Organic Buttery Spread around here).

Set the heat to low and let the “butter” melt a bit. Next, mix in the stevia, cinnamon, and allspice. Now it’s time to add the apple slices.

Once you do, cover everything and let it simmer for around 5 minutes (or until the apples are tender).

Next, mix your apple mixture into the same bowl as your drained sweet potatoes along with the rice milk. Grab an electric mixer or a fork and mix everything until the potatoes are mashed.

Believe me when I say this is one tasty treat. You can eat this as a side dish or even as a handy midday snack — whatever you want.

And the best part is…the health benefits are undeniable.

Because apples and sweet potatoes are rich sources of pectin — a fiber capable of resolving constipation and other stomach discomforts. (1)

Plus, this dish is incredibly easy to prepare for big family get-togethers (just multiply it so you can feed a crowd).

Or, head to your local grocer and track down some fruits and healthy carbs and come up with your own unique combo.

I think you’ll love the end result. (I know we did.)

SOURCES:

(1) Brouns F, et al. 2018. “Cholesterol-Lowering Properties Of Different Pectin Types In Mildly Hyper-Cholesterolemic Men And Women. – Pubmed – NCBI “. Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov. Accessed December 10 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22190137

5 Ways Prebiotics Improve Your Health and Where to Find Them

The microbiome in your gut is a community of billions of good bacteria and other organisms that help aid digestion, and your microbiome also plays a role in numerous body and brain functions. You’ve heard of probiotics, which are live microorganisms you can take as a pill to boost the microbiome population and keep the good bacterial community healthy. Prebiotics are another important component of strong gut health.

Prebiotics are a type of fiber that’s non-digestible. Prebiotics pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract and small intestine until they reach the colon, where they’re fermented by the microflora in the gut, which then uses them as fuel. Here are five good reasons why you should take a prebiotic along with a daily probiotic.

1. Better gut health

Prebiotics stimulate the growth of probiotics and help create a healthy balance between harmful bacteria and toxins and the helpful gut bacteria your body needs. According to an article published in the journal Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology, higher consumption of prebiotic foods and supplements increases helpful probiotic microorganisms like L. rhamnosus GG, L. casei and L. reuteri. An article published in the Journal of Nutrition reports that prebiotics can help treat a number of digestive problems, including diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and leaky gut syndrome.

2. Better immune function

Research shows that prebiotics help boost immune function by improving nutrient absorption and lowering the pH in the gut to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The British Journal of Nutrition reports that prebiotics improve the frequency of bowel movements, decrease allergy symptoms, reduce viral infections, and promote overall better immunity.

3. Reduced inflammation

Inflammation is at the root of myriad diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. Prebiotics can help lower inflammation, and the resulting healthier gut environment can prevent autoimmune reactions. Prebiotics help the body metabolize nutrients more efficiently, and an analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who consume more prebiotics have healthier cholesterol levels and a lower risk for cardiovascular disease as well.

4. More effective weight loss

Higher fiber intake in general is associated with a lower body weight and protection against obesity. But prebiotic foods in particular can help with weight loss by promoting feelings of fullness, and studies show that animals who are given prebiotics produce lower levels of the hormones responsible for feelings of hunger.

5. Better bone health

According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, prebiotics promote better mineral absorption in the body, including essential minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. These minerals offer powerful protection against bone loss, fractures, and osteoporosis. One study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that just eight daily grams of prebiotics led to an increase in bone density.

How to Get Prebiotics into Your Diet

Some of the best dietary sources of prebiotics include:

  1. Raw garlic
  2. Raw or cooked onions
  3. Raw leeks
  4. Raw asparagus
  5. Raw jicama
  6. Under-ripe bananas

To ensure you’re getting the prebiotics you need, a supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Ultimate Prebiotic Complex provides you with the prebiotics you need for optimal gut and body function. A daily dose of Ultimate Prebiotic Complex contains prebiotics to feed your microflora and improve digestive health, promote better immunity, and enjoy a higher level of energy and wellbeing.

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Revealed: Your Body’s “Hidden” Organ and How to Take Care of It

I hope you’re ready to have an amazing season ahead!

Maybe you’re excited about checking things off a long to-do list…

Or you’re ready for some fun to put a smile on your face…

Well, I want to help make sure you’re at ease on the inside, too…

You see, one of the keys to feeling relaxed on the inside is to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

Your gut microbiome refers to all of the microbes that live in your intestines. Together, they act as another organ that’s crucial for maintaining your overall health. (1)

And just like any organ, when your gut microbiome is out of whack…it can lead to all sorts of problems.

That’s why today, I’m wanted to share with you 3 things you’ll need to avoid and 3 things you should start doing right away (if you aren’t already) to ensure your gut microbiome is an ally in your journey to optimized health.

3 Things to Avoid:

#1 Artificial sweeteners
In an Israeli study, researchers found those who consumed the maximum amount of artificial sweetener allowed by the FDA had higher levels of Bacteroides and fewer Clostridiales — a combo associated with type 2 diabetes. (2)

#2 Stress
Not only can stress disturb your gut microbiome, it can lead directly to various other disorders and diseases.

In a study looking at mice, the mice ended up having increased intestinal permeability, making them more likely to suffer gut injuries from medicine when extra stress was present. (3)

#3 Lack of sleep
On top of robbing you of energy the following day, a lack of sleep also wreaks havoc on your gut microbiome.

Recently, Swedish researchers revealed how stress can negatively change a person’s gut microbiome. They found that just two days of partial sleep deprivation was enough to cause a shift in a person’s gut bacteria. (4)

3 Things to Start Doing (Right Away!):

#1 Exercise
Exercise has the ability to boost your “good” bacteria and enrich the diversity of your gut microbiome. (5)

One study showed how elite rugby players had a richer gut microbiome when compared to a random selection of people with no athletic history. (6)

#2 Eat cocoa
All-natural cocoa is one of the more versatile foods around. Consuming it not only reduces fatigue, it has the added benefits of stimulating your nervous system, improving your digestive function and reducing weight gain. (7)

#3 Take Probiotics
A diet high in probiotics is certainly the best way to ensure a rich, diverse, healthy gut microbiome.

A probiotic like Dynamic Biotics increases the amount of ‘good bacteria’, while simultaneously decreasing the levels of potentially harmful microbes in your gut. An incredible 1-2 punch.

Of course, I don’t expect you to implement all of these changes into your routine right away — after all, it takes time to turn new lessons into old habits.

So, whether you start with one, three or even all six of these changes, just know…

You’re doing everything you can to improve your digestive health and improve your quality of life.

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(1) Shreiner, Andrew B., John Y. Kao, and Vincent B. Young. 2015. “The Gut Microbiome In Health And In Disease”. Current Opinion In Gastroenterology 31 (1): 69-75. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi:10.1097/mog.0000000000000139.

(2) Abbott, Alison. 2014. “Sugar Substitutes Linked To Obesity”. Nature 513 (7518): 290-290. Springer Nature. doi:10.1038/513290a.

(3) Benedict, Christian, Heike Vogel, Wenke Jonas, Anni Woting, Michael Blaut, Annette Schürmann, and Jonathan Cedernaes. 2016. “Gut Microbiota And Glucometabolic Alterations In Response To Recurrent Partial Sleep Deprivation In Normal-Weight Young Individuals”. Molecular Metabolism 5 (12): 1175-1186. Elsevier BV. doi:10.1016/j.molmet.2016.10.003.

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(5) Monda, Vincenzo, Ines Villano, Antonietta Messina, Anna Valenzano, Teresa Esposito, Fiorenzo Moscatelli, and Andrea Viggiano et al. 2017. “Exercise Modifies The Gut Microbiota With Positive Health Effects”. Oxidative Medicine And Cellular Longevity 2017: 1-8. Hindawi Limited. doi:10.1155/2017/3831972.

(6) Clarke SF, et al. 2018. “Exercise And Associated Dietary Extremes Impact On Gut Microbial Diversity. – Pubmed – NCBI “. Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov. Accessed October 2 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25021423/.

(7) Tzounis X, et al. 2018. “Prebiotic Evaluation Of Cocoa-Derived Flavanols In Healthy Humans By Using A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind, Crossover Intervention Study. – Pubmed – NCBI “. Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov. Accessed October 2 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21068351.

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Ginger: The Spice That Makes Everything Nice

If you’re anything like me, then I know you enjoy indulging a bit from time to time.

It’s an urge that strikes everyone — because we all need to take some time to have fun with our food on occasion…

As long as it’s in moderation!

After all, too many indulgences too often can take their toll — mentally and physically.

Fortunately, you’re in luck.

Because there’s something you can add to your diet right now that helps your gut balance out those indulgences and helps your body stay in tip-top shape:

Ginger

And since we care so much about the health and well-being of our readers, today we’re sharing 4 incredible ways ginger can give your digestive health a boost…

And bring a little more peace to your life, even on days where your diet may not have been “perfect.”

1. Ginger reduces stomach discomfort

Research has shown that ginger has the ability to stimulate peristalsis, better known as the flow of your gut. (1)

This helps accelerate your stomach’s ability to empty food into your small intestines, something that’s incredibly helpful in cases of overeating or indigestion. (2)

2. Helps reduce feelings of nausea

Ginger helps inhibit serotonin function in your digestive tract — preventing the overactivation of the vagal nerve that triggers nausea and vomiting. (3, 4)

3. Promotes gut integrity

Researchers from The Central Gastroenterology Scientific Research Institute in Moscow have found that ginger actually promotes an increase in the number of prostaglandins in your stomach lining — a key part of maintaining smooth, optimized digestive health. (5)

4. Ginger Improves Blood Sugar Levels

When your blood sugar gets too low, you can be left feeling tired, weak, shaky, lightheaded, and hungry.

And when that happens, you’re more likely to crave sugar, and heavy carbs. But when you do this, you run the risk of — lowering your blood sugar and causing your body to store fat.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But, when your blood sugar is in balance and you don’t have an excess of insulin, your body is able to effectively kickstart the weight loss process.

When you get a handle on your blood sugar, you’ll be unlocking the key to maintaining long-term, healthy fat loss. (6)

And adding ginger to your diet is as easy as can be.

Grate some onto your mashed sweet potatoes; add a few slices of it to your next batch of lemonade; or, the next time you decide to bake some apples, feel free to sprinkle some grated ginger on top before you throw them in the oven.

But however, you choose to add ginger…

Remember, the goal is to have an optimized digestion, so you can live a free and easy life.

Hopefully, these tips can play a role in helping you get there!

One more thing — there’s one other quick way you can give your digestive health a boost: Stonehenge Health’s Incredible Digestive Enzymes.

It’s the perfect mix of 18 powerful enzymes, designed to minimize your stomach discomfort and maximize the nutrients you get from your food.

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