Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Acai - A Great Aid For Digestive Disorders

The foundations of health lay in the digestive system and stomach. If these parts of your body are in disrepair, if it they are not functioning at their peak, then you too are in disrepair, then you too are not functioning at your peak. The reason for this is simple: your stomach prepares the food you eat to be absorbed into your body and the intestines are what does the absorbing. It is the system with which food becomes energy, and how vitality is maintained in the body.

The sad fact of today's modern lifestyle is that very few people have a well functioning stomach and even fewer have a well functioning intestinal tract. Pollution and lack of exercise certainly have something to do with it, they do play a role. That said, the main culprit is a poor diet. Foods rich in sugar and starch, low in vital nutrients and fibre eventually rob you of your good health but you can do something about it.

After eating a healthy and well balanced diet, taking an acai supplement is something that should be considered both as a way to restore stomach and intestinal health and to maintain it.

Acai is a significant source of fibre, which is important to regulate the stomach and intestines. Your stomach can't digest fibre, that is, your stomach acid isn't able to break it down. Thus, it moves through the stomach and intestines eventually passing out of the body. Along the way, it helps to clear up any blockages that may have occurred which promotes digestive health.

That may not sound like much, but well 'cleaned' intestines help to avoid all sorts of problems, even high cholesterol. Fibre does this by removing bile acids on its trip through the body.

When choosing an acai supplement it's important to understand that they are not all created equal! The first thing to look for is a supplement in solid form. Solid form supplements are sold in pill or tablet form and contain only pure acai. A lot of companies like to sell their acai in liquid form but this is more like a cocktail than a supplement. What I mean by that is that those companies mix their acai juice with other fruit juices like mango and guava. Now, I'm not debating that they may taste great but the way I look at it is if I'm paying for acai I want acai, not some other juice.

Cost is another issue with the liquid acai. Because of the added weight of the extra juices and the water, it costs an arm and a leg to ship—a cost that is passed on to you, the consumer. Compare this with a bottle of pills that would weigh somewhere in the neighbourhood of one gram. The shipping costs with solid state acai are next to nothing when compared to those for liquid acai!

Yet another benefit a solid state product is that it doesn't go through an irradiation process. Let me explain, the companies that juice acai have to import the whole fruit to their manufacturing plants where they are processed. With solid state products, the husk of the fruit (where all the good stuff is) is imported and processed. The difference is that when a whole fruit is imported it needs to be irradiated (by law) in order to kill bacteria, virus' and other potentially debilitating pests. Unfortunately, irradiated food by virtue of being exposed to radiation, becomes laced with harmful carcinogens that are then passed on to whoever drinks the juice. Doesn't that sound like something you'd want to avoid?

As far as a specific recommendation for acai, I prefer the Natural Home Cures brand of products. They offer 100% pure acai in a solid state, non-irradiated form and at a very reasonable price.

So, with that, I wish you good luck on your journey to better health.


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