Traditional wellness systems often reveal that a balanced digestion is the root of all health. One of the many wholesome benefits of having a balanced digestion is the increased ability to attain your optimal weight. Here’s how to target your various systems to be healthier overall.

Balancing Stomach Digestion

Traditional medicine usually divides digestion function, especially in the stomach, into three simple categories: too slow, too fast and just right. But just what does that mean and what can we do about it?

In our stomach there are two main and opposing forces, which are known as the aggressive factors and the protective mechanisms. The aggressive factors include the gastric juice composed of hydrochloric acid and all the enzymes that break down the food. The protective mechanisms include bicarbonate to help lower the pH of the acid if needed and also the mucus and the mucous membrane of the stomach.

So when digestion is too fast in the stomach it typically means that the aggressive factors are too great relative to the protective mechanisms. Slow digestion is typically the opposite, when protective mechanisms are too strong relative to the amount of aggressive factors present.

“Relative” is the operative word here. It is not necessarily the case that some facet in your stomach physiology is bad or wrong, but rather it is simply that two facets that are required for health are out of balance relative to each other.

Of course one common sense way to balance the stomach digestion is to remove the cause, which often is a bacteria but also can be stress, cigarettes, alcohol, acidic food, sustained intense emotions and numerous prescription drugs like NSAIDS.

One of the best remedies for helping maintain balanced factors in the stomach is the herb called Amla, or Amalaki, which is the fruit pulp of Emblica officinalis. It has potent antioxidant polyphenols including one of the highest levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), bioflavanoids, ellagic acid, and other tannins.

Amalaki is one of the world’s greatest adaptogens and antioxidant-loaded super fruits. It is unrivaled in offering people of all ages a broad spectrum of deeply supportive nourishment. Amalaki is the herb of choice when it comes to deep rejuvenation as it can be used to renew the digestive system, support healthy liver function, support the immune system, and support healthy inflammatory response, all of which can support a healthy balance of factors in the stomach and digestion. For thousands of years Amalaki has been one of the best and most used tonics for overall health.

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