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The gastro-intestinal tract extends from the mouth to the anus. The 8.5 metres it covers is a passage for food going through a range of environments.  

  • Gastro-intestinal functions
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Barrier function
  • Immune defence
  • Symbolic relationship with micro flora

The 4-R restorative programme takes advantage of our understanding of the above functions and provides a clear and controlled approach to correcting imbalances. The 4-Rs are: Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate and Regenerate.

REMOVE
The GI tract is open to the environment and contamination from food and liquids consumed. Certain micro organisms can get into the tract and interfere with function.  

Grapefruit or citrus seed extract like citricidal has anti-parasiti,c anti-viral and anti biotic effects. Catechins from green tea have been shown to inhibit proliferation of the bacterium H pylori. Oregano oil capsules have powerful antibiotic-like properties and can be used safely without side-effects.

REPLACE
Low stomach acid can be managed by taking Betaine hydrochloride with or without the enzyme pepsin to improve digestion. Pancreatic enzymes should be taken with meals if levels are low. Digestizyme can help with bloating and wind due to maldigestion and certain foods.  

REINOCULATE

This refers to the reintroduction of desirable bacteria or probiotics into the intestines to correct or re-establish the micro flora terrain, which is compromised by antibiotics, toxic drugs and poor food choices. Probiotics are supported by prebiotics such as rice fibre, fructans, onions, garlic leeks, bananas, soybeans, asparagus, whole rye and whole wheat.

REGENERATE
Certain nutrients are key for GI tract recovery and include: L-glutamine, which is the preferred food for cells of the mucous membranes, concentrated whey extracts, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, B5, folic acid and zinc. 
 
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