Beat the Belly Bloat Blues

August 7, 2012
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

The secret ingredient that rids your body of the toxins making you bloated, sick and tired.

So, what does belly bloat have to do with your GI tract? Plenty. Belly bloat can be a symptom of irregularity. And regularity sure isn’t regular these days. Widespread constipation is epidemic. Why else would we be spending upward of $1.2 billion a year on laxatives. What a tremendous amount of money spent on a variety of symptoms that can easily be remedied with a simple change in diet or dietary supplements.

We all know that fiber helps to keep food moving swiftly through the GI tract. Fiber binds to belly-bloating yeasts, toxins, unexpelled wastes, and excess fluids. It helps to flush them out of the body like no other “non-nutrient.”

Just as helpful for maintaining a tiny waist, soluble fiber contained in the skins of fruits, root vegetables and seeds, functions as a prebiotic that nurtures the beneficial bacteria. Soluble fiber also provides a feeling of fullness that can help control your appetite.  As probiotics ferment fiber, they form short-chain fatty acids, among their many benefits. These natural substances can inhibit growth of Candida (the fungus among us that can pooch out the belly) and reduce bad bugs like E. coli while helping to heal the digestive tract. Best of all, short-chain fatty acids tamp down inflammation which can contribute to asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 Diabetes.

Super-GI Cleanse, an especially rich soluble fiber supplement, is simply one of the best products I have found to cleanse the GI tract and provide the right kind of fiber that will keep your beneficial bacteria happy and your belly flat. Super-GI also offers special herbs which are helpful in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and act as natural digestive aids to keep pathogenic bacteria away.

Here are some special features of the key ingredients:

  • Cranberry powder, a substance rich in organic acids that appear to function as natural digestive enzymes to assist in the elimination of toxic wastes from every organ, tissue, and system, especially the lymphatics. Cranberry powder also helps with pH balance—so critical in protecting us from becoming a breeding ground for microorganisms, yeast, and other toxins.
  • Psyllium seed husk fiber, the “carbohydrate gum” found in the cell wall of psyllium, known for its ability to absorb water and speed bowel transit time.
  • Flaxseed fiber, an abundant source of lignan precursors, which exhibit properties such as anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity.
  • Apple pectin, the gel-forming properties of which are responsible for lowering cholesterol by binding the cholesterol and bile acids in the gut and promoting their excretion.
  • Alfalfa leaves, high in saponins, which help to reduce serum cholesterol levels and possibly reverse atherosclerotic plaque.
  • Butternut root bark, known for ages as one of the safest and mildest laxatives while helping in the secretion of bile. Also helps to prevent and ward off worms.
  • Fennel seed, a natural digestive aid that helps to eliminate flatulence.
  • Peppermint leaves, used for centuries to aid digestion, absorb intestinal gas, inhibit constipation and diarrhea, and stimulate the secretion of bile. Peppermint also has the ability to fight off and eliminate microorganisms such as parasites, influenza, and many other viruses.
  • Irish moss, a bulk laxative that soothes and coats the complete GI tract and helps eliminate heavy metals.
  • Licorice root, a protector and healer of irritated mucous membranes that also supports adrenal gland function.
  • Anise seed, an antispasmodic that helps eradicate bloating and gas.
  • A special enzyme blend that targets digestion of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
  • A probiotic blend that enhances immunity and helps with the absorption of the B vitamins and vitamin K.

The perfect complement to Super-GI Cleanse is the powdered probiotic formula, Flora-Key. A gut-flushing combo, this dynamic duo works together to support a healthy intestinal environment on a daily basis. Flora-Key contains acidophilus, bifidus and FOS, which makes it an ideal sweetener and a convenient way to take probiotics in your smoothies, yogurt, and on fruits.  Now fortified with the flatulence-fighting L. plantarum flora, take Flora-Key daily to keep the “good” bacteria in, the superbugs out and your tummy tamed.

I’m so confident that these products are a must for everyone that I’ve secured a special offer just for you:

The good folks at UNI KEY are offering a 48-Hour Sale – Save 25% off Super-GI Cleanse and Flora-Key at Offer ends 8/9/2012, 5pm pacific.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Bobbie Morris

    What do you suggest if you have an autoimmune deficiency and leaky gut and Hashimoto’s. I am being told that leaky gut is especially tricky and tha eating anything fibrous or raw is like sandpaper when it comes to the lining of my intestines. I have lymphedema in my left leg, ankel and foot and have it controlled by very high compression that I wear all the time. I have done the lymphatic drainage and bandaging and take good care of my leg. Unfortunately, in April I got a cellulitis infection and ended up on IV antibiotics which did a real number on my stomach. I ended up with c-deficile and on more antiobiotics to get rid of that. My bowels are far from normal even my normal. I do not know what to do when I have been told to not eat the fiber and raw vegs due to the leaky gut and trying to heal my intestinal lining. My blood tests show that I have no problems with my liver at this time, I do have high blood pressure controlled by taking Diovan daily for the last 3 years. I am prediabetic. Please help! I am concerned that I may really damage my intestines by doing your GI Cleanse even though I know that it is not normal to have toothpaste like bowel movments all the time. I am very concerned and scared about my health. I do not feel like Western medicine has the asnwsers for the kind of help that I need. Can you give me some insight as to what I can do to get well considering all the issues I have going on. I have always been extremely active and in perfect health until about 5 year ago when I fell and really injured my knee.
    I fell in February and got really sick in May and ended up with cellulitis and then lymphedema. Since that time I have had nothing but problems. I have had about 5 flare ups in the past 10 years since I was diagnosed with an autoimnune deficiency. The fare ups end up lasting about 10 days but nothing seems to help the excruiating and disabling pain I get in my lower back. I literally cannot move without crying it is so painful and I have a very high tolerance to pain. Please help. Thank you. Bobbie

    • betti

      As you say, alot of your problems start and end in your gut. I would suggest a good probiotic like Flora-Key, which has 5 strains of friendly bacteria and 10 billion organisms that will help and also some L. Glutamine to help heal your lining.

      You can start to peel away the layers of your other conditions when you can assimilate your nutrients.

  2. Martha

    I started the fat flush diet approximately one week ago and started taking the recommended supplements (weight loss formula, dieter’s multi and GLA) along with the recommended dosages of flora key and GI Cleanse and now do not feel regular at all in my bowel movements. I have always had challenges and have been taking a product based on Chinese medicine that contains rhubarb which I stopped once I started the Fat Flush supplements. Any advice on how to become regular once again? More flaxseed? Return to the supplements containing rhubarb?

    Many thanks! Martha

    • Sierra

      Hi Martha,

      You have a couple different options. If the Rhubarb really makes a difference for you, you may continue that. Our go-to solutions in the Fat Flush world would be to take some magnesium (between 400mg and 1200mg) at night before bed.

      Make sure that you are drinking the proper amount of fluid- half of your body weight in ounces of water (64 ounces of which should be cran water).

      Also, bear in mind that dietary changes can take up to to weeks to normalize in your digestive system. For this reason, I would say give the magnesium a shot for symptomatic relief until you’ve finished with Phase 1. After that, if you still haven’t normalized, you could go back to the rhubarb 🙂


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