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10 Tips for a Healthy Digestive System

Your digestive system is responsible for converting the food you eat into the nutrients needed to power your day. When your digestive system is out of sync, it can cause major problems while it attempts to function normally. Here are 10 ways to help keep your digestive system operating at peak performance levels:

1. High-fiber diet: Keep your insides happy and healthy by incorporating foods that are high in fiber, including whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Not only will the added fiber keep food moving through your digestive tract, it can also ease the symptoms of various digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Diversify your fiber: When adding fiber to your diet, try to include both insoluble and soluble fiber. Both work together to benefit your intestines in different ways. Insoluble can be found in wheat bran, whole grains, and vegetables. Soluble fiber comes from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

3. Limit high-fat foods: Some healthy fat in your diet can be beneficial to your overall health but eating too many fatty foods can cause constipation and overall digestive slowing. If you’re going to indulge, pairing high-fat foods with high-fiber foods can help alleviate some of the stress on the digestive system.

4. Lean is better: High fat foods also include fatty protein sources such as beef, pork, and some wild game. While protein is essential to your diet, be sure to focus on lean sources such as skinless poultry, pork loin, and low-fat beef cuts.

5. Power of probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live inside your intestines. They are essential to the digestive process and a healthy immune system because they defend against damage caused by a poor diet and stress. They also help your body maximize the nutritional value of each meal.

6. Snack on schedule: Your body loves routine, even if you do not. You can help your digestive tract stay healthy and active by consuming your meals on a regular schedule. Focus on eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day.

7. Hydrate: It’s no secret that drinking enough water every day can help you feel more awake, have fewer cravings, and reduce dehydration headaches, but did you know water can also help your digestive tract? Water in your digestive system helps your body dissolve fats and soluble fiber more efficiently.

8. Ditch bad habits: Too much coffee, alcohol, or cigarettes can impair your body’s ability to digest food and can lead to other digestive issues like ulcers and heartburn.

9. Sweat it out: Exercise is beneficial to almost all of your body’s systems, especially your digestive system. Regular exercise stimulates your intestines, which keeps foods moving through.

10. Stress management: Bodies can internalize external stress. Internal systems have a physical response to stress about finances or a big project at work. When we are overly stressed, our body responds by sending our digestive tract into chaos. Keep an eye on your stress levels and invest time into stress-relieving activities.

How your body feels inside can directly affect your overall wellbeing and health. Be sure to incorporate these ten tips to take care of your digestive system so it can take care of you.


Source: Synergy Worldwide


Karate World Champion Gains Competitive Edge with Synergy Products

Cathy McAleer is one tough woman, both mentally and physically, and is an elite athlete in mixed martial arts. Her schedule is booked with all things karate, from training herself and other karate champions to playing crucial roles in the operations of karate businesses throughout Ireland.

She is the Founder of NIKA (Northern Ireland Karate Academy) and runs two clubs in Queens Leisure Complex Holywood and Stormont Pavilion where she helps train a number of World, European, British and Irish champions. However, neither of these responsibilities are her full-time job. She works day-to-day as a general manager of one of Northern Ireland’s Virgin Active Health Clubs. In addition to being certified in sports massage therapy, Cathy has a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing.


  • World WKC Kata Champion 2014
  • World Kumite Karate Champion 2014
  • WKC Silver Medalist 2014
  • WKN European Full Contact Kickboxing Champion 2014
  • WKN Draw for K1 World Champion 2014
  • Undefeated Northern Ireland champion for 10 consecutive years
  • 3rd Dan Karate Instructor and national coach for Northern Ireland

“Many people ask me how I fit it all in and also have the energy to compete and train,” Cathy said. “Synergy’s range of products has made a big difference. All of the products are compliant with WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, as being free of banned athlete substances.”

Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Karate World Champion Gains Competitive Edge with Synergy Products

IAM Cycling Finishes Tour de France in Top 10

Exhausted yet determined, IAM Cycling’s Mathias Frank battled downpours and slick pavement to climb his way to 8th place in the overall classification after the final push on Les Champs-Elysées in Paris. Mathias was the first Swiss rider since 1999 to earn a spot in the Top 10.  While Mathias’s ranking was the biggest victory for IAM Cycling, the team was able to take 9th place overall, which was a solid placement for this new team.

IAM Cycling Founder Michel Thétaz said: “We achieved the goal we set early on in this season, which we reiterated at the start of the race. My group of riders showed themselves to be strong and at the front often, which was topped with a fantastic 3rd place from Pantano in Gap and a 6th place in the team time trial. The guys have really applied themselves and worked hard to help Frank earn his 8th place in the overall. We will come back in 2016 with Mathias Frank to return to the Top 10, and win some stages. As our leader, Frank, has extended his contract, and we are confident that he will live up to all our expectations.”

“I have not regretted one second of every sacrifice I have made to get here,” Mathias said. “After two failed attempts, I managed to meet the challenge and finish in the top-10.  This is a great accomplishment for the whole team who was a huge help to me and believed in me. I am not about to forget these moments of emotion once I climb off my bike.”

Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: IAM Cycling Finishes Tour de France in Top 10

Pushing physical boundaries with Synergy products

SalmeReijo2If you had asked them five years ago whether or not they could hike 70 kilometers and spend eight days in the wilderness, they would have thought you were crazy for even asking.

However, a few weeks ago, Salme Ala-Heikkilä and Reijo Ojanen, a couple in their mid-sixties, conquered what they once thought was impossible. Many years ago, Salme and Reijo hiked regularly, but health issues made it difficult to continue this hobby. Now, hiking is something they look forward to together.

They left their hometown of Tampere, Finland and traveled 14 hours to Utsjoki where they found beautiful rivers and rolling hills close to the border of Norway. Close to this city is the Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area where Salme and Reijo started their journey.

Their backpacks were loaded and ready to go, Salme’s pack weighed 18 kg, which is almost one-third of her total weight. Reijo’s pack weighed 26 kg, and some of its contents were Synergy products.

“Leaving our products at home wasn’t a thought that ever crossed our minds,” Reijo said. “It wasn’t hard to take the extra weight because need them. They were worth carrying because they helped us through our adventure.”

The pair claims they have never been the athletic or very active type, especially in the last decade of their life as exercise has become more straining on their bodies. However, they love the outdoors and the chance to get away from people, electronics and the sounds of the city. They can rest their minds, listen to the birds and replenish the energy they were lacking in their daily lives.

“We enjoy taking in the nature, and it’s great to be able to have natural products in this setting that gave us the energy we needed to complete the 70 kilometers,” Salme said.

Thank to Synergy products, Salme and Reijo plan to make this 8-day hiking tour an annual tradition. Their fantastic health is what allows them to seize the days and moments in their lives, to live every day with energy and excitement. When they introduce Synergy to those they meet, one of the messages they share is that Synergy products can be the ticket to rekindling the passions and dreams you gave up years ago.


“We love being a part of Synergy,” Salme said, “and we love that we can be adventurous again. We want people to know there are products that can help them change their lives like we have changed ours.”

World Renowned Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream dietthat is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.


Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is also the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie.


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