Week 6: Digestive Health

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1 WEIGHT LOSS BEGINS WITH DIGESTIVE HEALTH Your digestive system is one of the most essential components of your entire body. According to a recent survey, people have a keen interest in digestive health issues. More than 50 percent of people surveyed have grown more concerned about their digestive health in the past two years. And a solid 80 percent feel it s important to improve their body's digestive health, although they re not doing much about it. HERBALIFE FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH Digestive health can affect other areas of our health weight, energy, skin and immunity in ways we might never have imagined. It s important to understand the link between digestive health and overall wellness. To get the most from your weight-loss program, start off with Herbalife s 21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program, then soothe your system with Herbalife Herbal Aloe Drink for improved digestion. Add in Herbalife Active Fiber powder for regularity, and Herbalife Florafiber for friendly bacteria and intestinal health. DIGESTIBLE FACTS The small intestine is where the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place.* The health of your digestive system can significantly affect your immune function. A majority of Americans consume only about 14 grams of fiber per day, while the Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams for men under age 50, and 25 grams for women in the same age group.* CLEANSING AND NUTRIENT ABSORPTION In your everyday life, your body may be exposed to toxins. Maintaining your digestive health can help your body neutralize and eliminate them from your system. Supporting your body s ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins enhances your weight-loss efforts. Improve your body s nutrient absorption and healthy elimination, and you ll see how your health and weight loss improves overall. * Source: Body: The Complete Human (2007) by National Geographic

2 QUIZ: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIGESTIVE HEALTH? 1. About how long is the digestive tract in the average adult (from where the food goes in, to where it comes out)? a. 5 feet b. 12 feet c. 30 feet d. 100 feet 2. On average, how long does it take for food to move through the stomach and small intestine? a. 2 days b. 6 to 8 hours c. 24 hours d. 20 minutes 3. Which of the following foods would be most likely to cause heartburn? a. Chocolate, tomato juice and mint b. Chili peppers, lemon and ginger c. Beer, chips and guacamole d. Grapefruit, pickles and cheese 4. How much saliva does your body produce per day? a. About ½ cup b. About 1 cup c. 1 to 2 cups d. 2 to 6 cups 5. You would be considered constipated if: a. You go longer than a day without a bowel movement b. You don t have a bowel movement after each meal c. Your stools are hard and difficult to pass d. You don t have a bowel movement at the same time each day 6. Indigestion: a. Is a general term for an upset stomach b. Can include symptoms like heartburn, nausea, burping and bloating c. Can be aggravated by stress d. All of the above

3 7. About how much food does the average person eat in a year? a. 1,100 pounds b. 400 pounds c. 2,500 pounds d. 800 pounds 8. Most ulcers are caused by: a. Eating too many spicy foods on an empty stomach b. A bacterial infection in the lining of the stomach c. Obesity d. Drinking too much soda 9. The average human stomach can hold about 5 cups of food at a time. But competitive eaters can consume significantly more. How many hot dogs (with buns) did winner Joey Chestnut consume in 12 minutes at the 2007 Nathan s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island? a. 66 b. 37 c. 42 d Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is difficult to diagnose because: a. Symptoms can vary from person to person b. It strikes more men than women, and men go to the doctor less often c. It can cause diarrhea or constipation d. It s the same thing as lactose intolerance e. Both a and c

4 ANSWER KEY: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIGESTIVE HEALTH? 1. About how long is the digestive tract in the average adult (from where the food goes in, to where it comes out)? a. 5 feet b. 12 feet c. 30 feet d. 100 feet 2. On average, how long does it take for food to move through the stomach and small intestine? a. 2 days b. 6 to 8 hours c. 24 hours d. 20 minutes 3. Which of the following foods would be most likely to cause heartburn? a. Chocolate, tomato juice and mint b. Chili peppers, lemon and ginger c. Beer, chips and guacamole d. Grapefruit, pickles and cheese 4. How much saliva does your body produce per day? a. About ½ cup b. About 1 cup c. 1 to 2 cups d. 2 to 6 cups 5. You would be considered constipated if: a. You go longer than a day without a bowel movement b. You don t have a bowel movement after each meal c. Your stools are hard and difficult to pass d. You don t have a bowel movement at the same time each day 6. Indigestion: a. Is a general term for an upset stomach b. Can include symptoms like heartburn, nausea, burping and bloating c. Can be aggravated by stress d. All of the above

5 7. About how much food does the average person eat in a year? a. 1,100 pounds b. 400 pounds c. 2,500 pounds d. 800 pounds 8. Most ulcers are caused by: a. Eating too many spicy foods on an empty stomach b. A bacterial infection in the lining of the stomach c. Obesity d. Drinking too much soda 9. The average human stomach can hold about 5 cups of food at a time. But competitive eaters can consume significantly more. How many hot dogs (with buns) did winner Joey Chestnut consume in 12 minutes at the 2007 Nathan s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island? a. 66 b. 37 c. 42 d Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) is difficult to diagnose because: a. Symptoms can vary from person to person b. It strikes more men than women, and men go to the doctor less often c. It can cause diarrhea or constipation d. It s the same thing as lactose intolerance e. Both a and c

6 DIGEST THIS! By Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H. Q: WHY IS DIGESTIVE HEALTH SO VALUABLE? A: Most people have experienced digestive issues at some point in their lives. Many modern diets lack the sufficient nutrition, such as fiber, for good digestive health. Fiber is essential for weight management and intestinal health but most people only eat half the recommended daily dietary fiber intake. Q: WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY FIBER INTAKE? A: I always encourage people to eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day to get their daily fiber intake. But I realize how challenging it is to do that with our modern diet and on-the-go lifestyle. That is why I recommend taking supplements that contribute to promoting regularity, a feeling of fullness and the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria. Q: HOW DOES HERBALIFE HERBAL ALOE PROMOTE DIGESTIVE HEALTH? A: Herbalife s Herbal Aloe formula is gentle and soothing because we filter out the laxative stimulant, alloin, to produce an Herbal Aloe with all of the organic nutrients of the aloe plant. The aloe plant contains over 75 substances known for their healing properties. Herbal Aloe assists your body s self-cleansing action and healthy elimination.* Plus you can support healthy digestion wherever you are with Herbalife s ready-to-drink form. To maintain a healthy digestive system, support your healthy diet with plenty of fiber and Herbalife s other digestive health products, such as Active Fiber powder, Florafiber and 21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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