Advanced Naturals Frequently Asked Questions
A: Many experts will agree that 2 to 3 healthy bowel movements every day is ideal. If you are not eliminating regularly, there are several natural remedies that may help relieve occasional constipation. Increasing your daily fiber intake can help strengthen and tone the bowel. Fiber helps by creating resistance in the bowel and stimulating the wave-like muscle contractions (peristalsis) that help move food through the intestines and ease elimination. Drinking plenty of water is also important. Liquids add fluid to colon, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. A daily oil supplement may also be beneficial. Beneficial Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils help keep the mucous membranes in the digestive tract moist and lubricated, which in turn helps to ease elimination. Finally, maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal bacteria is essential for preventing a sluggish colon. Because the intestinal bacteria in the colon can help provide the proper environment for healthy bowel elimination, adding a probiotic (good bacteria) supplement to your diet may prove beneficial.
A: Because the majority of Americans consume less than half of the recommended 20-35 grams of fiber each day, taking a dietary fiber supplement is often incredibly beneficial. Among its many health benefits, fiber helps support healthy bowel elimination. To understand how, let’s look at the two different types of fiber. Soluble fiber (found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains) dissolves and breaks down in water, acting like a sponge and soaking up toxins as it passes through your gastrointestinal tract. Insoluble fiber (found in dried beans, whole grains and seeds) is not water-soluble. Instead, it passes through your gastrointestinal tract almost intact, sweeping away waste and harmful toxins in the bowel as it encounters them. For these reasons, you should look for a supplement that contains a blend of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is also a powerful weight loss tool. Consumed daily, fiber can help manage your hunger and slow down the rate at which your body converts carbohydrates into sugar. It can also help eliminate calories from the foods you eat by blocking the absorption of calories and leading those calories out of the body.
A: Available in foods such as yogurt and kefir (a fermented milk drink) as well as in dietary supplements, probiotics are generally defined as live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) that help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. This is especially important because nearly three-quarters of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, so when that balance is upset, your health may suffer as a result. Ideally, there should be a balance of approximately 80% good bacteria and 20% percent harmful bacteria in your intestines, but factors such as poor diet, stress, and illness can often upset that balance. Recent studies have shown that taking a daily probiotic supplement may help maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your digestive tract.
A: Advanced Naturals products are sold only to professional practitioners. We do not authorize the sale of our products through 3rd party websites such as Amazon and e-Bay. In order for us to guarantee the potency and proper storage of our products, we suggest you only purchase our products directly through an authorized practitioner near you. For our most current list of authorized companies who sell Advanced Naturals products online, please call 1-800-690-9988.
A: Fish intake has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that consumers without documented coronary heart disease (CHD) eat a variety of fish, preferably oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout), at least twice a week. People with documented CHD are advised to consume about 1,000mg per day of the fish oils EPA/DHA (eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids), preferably from oily fish, although EPA/DHA supplements could be considered in consultation with their physicians. People who have elevated triglycerides may need 2,000mg to 4,000mg of EPA/DHA per day provided as capsules under a physician’s care. Very high intake (greater than three grams of EPA/DHA per day) could theoretically cause excessive bleeding in some people.
A: Advanced Naturals products are sold only through health practitioners and cannot be purchased directly. If you are a practitioner interested in carrying Advanced Naturals products in your practice, please contact us by email or phone at 1-800-690-9988 ext. 265 to learn more or set up an account.
A: Visit our Physician Locator to find a health care practitioner who sells our products in your area. You can also call 1-800-690-9988 to speak with a digestive care specialist who would be happy to locate a practitioner for you.
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