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For over 15 years, we have been dedicated to supporting your digestive health with breakthroughs and patented probiotic strains. Our probiotic is protected by a natural protein shell allowing it to deliver more good bacteria to your gut which helps support your digestive and immune health – so you can get back to doing the things you love.

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Our Mission

Our probiotics are designed with one goal in mind: to give you an advantage. We’re determined to make life easier to digest on a daily basis for you and the rest of your family, in whichever form you prefer: capsules or gummies. Because when your digestive health is supported, you can take on whatever comes your way.

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The strength of our Digestive Advantage lies in the powerful protein shell encasing our probiotics. This protective shell ensures that our probiotic, BC30, survives stomach acid 100X better than others, so that good bacteria can make it to where they need to go.

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Common Thanksgiving Culprits for Disrupting your Digestion

Indigestion is a common problem that affects many people. It stems from a range of digestive issues, caused by eating or drinking. Although indigestion is common, each person may experience different symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and belching.

Common causes of indigestion include eating too fast and consuming too much; things we are all often guilty of when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving. The stomach has a natural stopping point when eating, however, our brain sometimes ignores what our stomach is telling us and overrides what it needs.

With a combination of large portions, rich foods, lack of fiber and holiday stress (Web MD, undated), it’s no wonder we have digestion issues over the holiday season

The Fast-Acting Enzymes + Daily Probiotic Capsules from Digestive Advantage® assist the breakdown of hard-to-digest carbohydrates to help prevent digestion issues before they start. The Digestive Advantage® probiotic is covered in a natural protein shell which makes it stronger than others. Where some probiotics struggle with harsh stomach acid, Digestive Advantage® probiotics are strong enough to survive 100x better*.

Here at Digestive Advantage®, we have put together a list of common Thanksgiving ingredients that are often the culprits for causing digestive problems over the holiday season.

Turkey

It is important that you choose your turkey wisely at Thanksgiving; after all, it is the main event everyone looks forward to.

Due to its dry nature, eating turkey can require a lot of chewing and there are two problems that can occur from this. Firstly, when you chew you can create gas from swallowing too much air (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Secondly, if you don’t chew your meat enough, you can end up swallowing large pieces, meaning your body can’t break the meat down as easily (Live Strong, 2017). To help aid the digestive process, you should always break down your food as much as possible in your mouth first. This action then makes the food easier to digest further in the stomach.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes, a favorite side dish to accompany your meat, is a comforting element of your Thanksgiving meal. Often people add butter, milk and/or cream to improve texture and flavor. It’s these added ingredients that can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea (Everyday Health, 2017). People who are lactose intolerant will experience gas and bloating and the fat content can stimulate contractions in the digestive tract. These contractions can have alternate effects, either slowing down your digestive process or speeding it up (Everyday Health, 2017).

Stuffing

Turkey stuffing usually consists of dried bread, pork sausage meat and onions. Unfortunately, some of these ingredients can cause digestive discomfort, such as bloating. Onion is a gas producing vegetable that causes abdominal discomfort and can give you flatulence. The wheat within the bread is called a short chain carbohydrate, which is poorly absorbed by the small intestine. This means it is passed to the large intestine and results in the production of gas (Health Line, 2017). Some people are gluten sensitive (Health Line, 2017) which can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and stomach pain.

Green Vegetables

The sugar, raffinose, found in vegetables, such as brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage can all lead to intestinal gas once digested (Everyday Health, 2017). These vegetables are high in insoluble fiber which can lead to poor digestion, resulting in symptoms including gas, bloating, abdominal pain and changes in stool frequency and consistency.

Alcohol

We all know that celebrating Thanksgiving often involves a celebratory glass of fizz, or a beer or two. However, moderation is key during the holiday season, as you don’t want to increase the risk of getting indigestion (Everyday Health, 2017). Alcohol causes your stomach to produce more acid than normal, irritating your stomach lining (Men’s Health, 2015). It speeds up the movement of your colon muscles, allowing no water to be absorbed by the colon. Therefore, many people experience diarrhea after drinking (Health Line, 2017).

How to aid digestion after your meal

Enjoy a nice brisk walk with the family after your Thanksgiving meal. This light exercise will help aid the digestive process (Shape, undated). Keep hydrated, but avoid downing loads of water, as it will make you feel even more full. Take small sips of decaffeinated hot drinks, such as peppermint tea. This will help relax the digestive tract, allowing you to remove any trapped air, reducing the effects of bloating and feeling too full. Change into those sweatpants, as the more restricted you are around your waistline, the more uncomfortable you’ll feel (Cosmopolitan, 2016).

If you’ve overindulged this year, why not try Digestive Advantage® ‘Fast Acting Enzymes’. They will help restore the natural balance of good bacteria in your intestines, helping to lessen minor abdominal discomfort and bloating, and help relieve gas pain*.

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT DISEASE.

References

Chris Kresser (2012) Got digestive problems? Take it easy of the veggies

Cosmopolitan (2016) How to feel better ASAP after overeating

Everyday Health (2017) Excessive gas and the foods you eat

Everyday Health (2017) 11 foods to avoid when you’re having digestive problems

Health Line (2017) FODMAP 101: A detailed beginners guide

Health Line (2017) 12 Foods that cause bloating, and what to eat instead

Health Line (2017) Why do I get diarrhea after drinking alcohol?

Huffington Post (2013) This is what happens to your body after the Thanksgiving meal

Live Strong (2017) Poor digestion of Meat

Mayo Clinic (2017) Belching, intestinal gas and bloating: Tips for reducing them

Men’s Health (2015) This is your body on booze

Shape (Undated) Ate too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Do these 3 exercises!

Wed MD (Undated) Winter Holidays, Upset Stomachs

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5 Minerals and Vitamins for Heart Health

What Causes High Triglycerides?

You may have heard people talking triglycerides, or your doctor may have even said that you have borderline or high triglycerides at your last appointment – but what causes high triglycerides? You should always consult your doctor for more detailed answers specific to you, of course, but we've got some general causes of high triglycerides here:

Habits and conditions

Obesity, overeating (taking in more calories than you expend), and excessive alcohol consumption can all cause high triglycerides. You can change your diet, exercise, and your drinking habits to control triglyceride levels, but other conditions may take more medical expertise. Undiagnosed, or mismanaged diabetes can cause high triglycerides, as well as hypothyroidism, and kidney disease.

Certain medications

What causes high triglycerides besides the above conditions? Some surprisingly common medications like estrogen, diuretics, steroids, beta-blockers, the Pill, and tamoxifen can all cause high triglycerides. If you suspect these are the causes of your high triglycerides you should talk with your doctor about possible alternatives.

Hereditary

Occasionally, high triglycerides can run in the family. This is sometimes accompanied by fatty deposits under the skin called xanthomas. As unfortunate as this may be, it can be worth speaking to your doctor about this to see if there is anything that can be done outside of the usual lifestyle changes.

What you can do to mitigate causes of high triglycerides

If you haven't already, then you should quit smoking, limit drinking, and examine the amount of fat and sugar in your diet. If you need to lose weight, make it a point to do so. Although some causes of high triglycerides require medication to control, your doctor will probably ask you to try these tried and true methods of lowering triglycerides as well. And your body will thank you no matter what.

* THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT DISEASE.
**SIMOPOULIS 2011/P204/A, B (SIMOPOULIS AP MOL. NEUROBIOL. 2011/44:203-215)

† Supportive, but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. ♦The MegaRed 3X formulation uses a self microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS) technology to support high absorption. Studies show that applying the SMEDDS technology to highly concentrated fish oils dramatically improve the absorption of both EPA and DHA

 

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The BC30 Advantage

All Digestive Advantage probiotic supplements contain our exclusive BC30 Probiotic. BC30 is a unique, patented strain of probiotic bacteria designed for resilience. It’s the good bacteria that go to work for your digestive system, and studies have shown it can survive 100x better than those found in yogurt and other leading probiotics‡, so it can get where you need it. Find the right product for the needs of you and your family.

Benefits of Probiotics

When taken daily as part of a proactive approach to digestive health, probiotic supplements can have a number of health benefits:

1. Support overall digestive health
2. Support immune health
3. Bowel support and maintain intestinal health
4. Help lessen minor abdominal discomfort and occasional bloating
5. Help prevent occasional diarrhea

Before the good bacteria found in Digestive Advantage reaches the intestines, where it works to support your overall digestive health, it must pass through the stomach. The stomach’s harsh acidic environment makes it tough for ordinary probiotic supplements to survive—and that’s what separates BC30 from the rest.

The BC30 probiotic (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) is surrounded by a protective protein shell that helps shield it from the corrosive stomach acids that threaten to destroy it. Without this unique protective layer of proteins, the probiotic bacteria that support your digestive health is less likely to get where you want them to be. In fact, laboratory studies show BC30 bacteria survive 100X better than other probiotics, including those found in yogurt products and other leading probiotic supplements‡ so that you can get the digestive help you need.

Based on median % survivability of Digestive Advantage® probiotic vs. leading probiotic supplements and 19 probiotic yogurts in simulated gastric pH for 2 hours.

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