"We are what we eat" is the fact that most people fail to notice in this world of instant gratification and over indulgence. Eating the wrong foods is one the key reasons that our bodies will become polluted, lack essential nutrients, unable to function properly, and this internally triggers diseases.
Morlife has a range of functional foods which are developed to increase the nutrients that are vital to us. Phytofood Klenz is a fortified functional food containing aloe vera, psyllium, pineapple, prune, fig, date, flax fibre, papaya, apple and beneficial nutrients. This is a high fibre food that is extremely useful in increasing ones dietary fibre intake.
Aloe vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturising and wound-healing effects. It also stimulates immunity. Taken internally, aloe vera soothes gut irritation, aids healing and is a laxative. Therefore, it is very handy for constipation and peptic ulcers.
Psyllium is high in fibre and mucilage. It is traditionally used for constipation and is a bulk-forming laxative due to the swelling of the husk when it comes in contact with water. It is known to produce bulky bowel movements and soften stools by forming a gelatinous mass that keeps stools hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water. Psyllium also helps to remove excess cholesterol from blood and thus reduce risk of heart disease.
A study was done by Marlett, Kajs and Fischer on testing the hypothesis that a gel-forming fraction of psyllium escaped microbial fermentation and was responsible for the characteristics that enhance laxation. Fifteen healthy adults consumed controlled diets for two 7-days periods, one of which included 8.8 gram dietary fibre provided by 15 gram per day of a psyllium seed husk preparation. All stools were collected and evaluated and the diet was monitored throughout the time. The results showed that the psyllium significantly increased the apparent viscosity of an aqueous stool extract, stool moisture and wet and dry stool weights. A component of psyllium is not fermented and this gel provided lubrication that facilitated propulsion of colon contents and produced stool that was bulkier and moister than were stools resulting with the use of comparable amounts of other bowel-regulating fibre sources.
The efficacy of psyllium as a regulator of intestinal transit was also investigated by Spanish researchers. A double-blind study comprising 20 people with chronic constipation of which 10 had associated irritable bowel syndrome. 10 of them received psyllium while the other 10 received placebo for one month. A clinical questionnaire, weight of stools and intestinal transit time measured with radiopaque markers were done. All the individuals receiving psyllium had good results against only one in the placebo group. A decrease in consistency of stools and an increase in frequency of stools were observed in the psyllium group. Stool weight and colonic transit time were not significantly modified in placebo group, while weight increase was observed in the psyllium group as well as a decrease in transit time. There were no adverse effects observed and particularly no flatulence as often seen in those taking bran.
Flax is highly valued for its fibre and oil. Flax fibre is also known for its bulk-forming and laxative effects in the intestinal tract. It has been useful in relieving constipation and is also an aid in soothing an irritated gut.
Cascara sagrada, also known as sacred bark, was introduced by Northern California Indians to Spanish explorers in 16th century. It has a mild laxative effect and has become a popular remedy for constipation in Europe. Cascara bark is high in cascarosides, which have a cathartic action that induces the large intestine to increase its muscular contraction (peristalsis), resulting in bowel movement.
Fennel was believed to have bestowed immortality according to the Greek legend. Its seed acts as a digestive aid to relieve gas and bloating and it has anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects.
Ginger is highly valued as a spice and has been used medicinally for thousands of year by Chinese physicians. It acts as an antioxidant and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and pain-killing properties. It is commonly used for motion sickness, nausea, vomiting and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It also improves liver function and lowers cholesterol as well as having beneficial effects on the heart. Ginger has anti-ulcer activity and improves digestion and the function of the muscles in the gut while helping to relieve spasms. It is also treasured for its warming properties.
Lactobacillus is a bacterium found in yoghurt, kefir and other products by fermenting milk using bacteria strands. It is also one of the most important bacteria living in human digestive system. These bacteria have several functions that are vital for good health. They improve the efficiency of the digestive system, manufacture certain vitamins and produce antibacterial substances that kill or deactivate harmful bacteria such as monilia, yeast and fungus. One of its known effects is to maintain the normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine.
L-Glutamine functions as a building block of proteins. It can be converted to glucose when more glucose is required by the body as energy source and also glutamic acid when it passes through the blood-brain barrier. It aids the function of the digestive tract by stabilizing intestinal permeability and mucosal integrity. It can also cause an increase in capillary blood flow which indicates a protective effect of glutamine on microcirculation of the intestine.
Biotin acts as an essential cofactor for several enzymes and it is necessary for normal growth, development and health. It aids the synthesis of fatty acids, facilitates metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates. Biotin promotes the normal function of sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, male sex glands, blood cells, skin and hair.
Chlorophyll is the green substance found in plants that undergoes photosynthesis. The administration of chlorophyll has been studied to be helpful in controlling body and faecal odours, easing chronic constipation and abating excessive flatulence.
Fructo-oligosaccharides are carbohydrate molecules that consist of glucose linked to fructose units. They are not digested in the human small intestine but fermented in the colon, where they promote the growth of some species of beneficial bacteria and may also reduce the growth of harmful species. They also significantly increase faecal bacteria. Fructo-oligosaccharides have been shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of colon tumours and concomitantly develop gut-associated lymphoid tissue. They also counteract advanced stages of colon carcinogenesis through the stimulation of anti-tumorous immunity by modulation of the colonic ecosystem.
The combination of these carefully chosen ingredients provides the benefits of increasing dietary fibre intake, normalising bowel function, improving digestion and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Take 1-3 teaspoons Phytofood Klenz two to three times daily. Mix into a large glass of water, juice, milkshake, smoothie or other foods. Drink immediately after mixing, before it thickens. Ensure a high intake of water daily. Children _ to 1 teaspoon daily.
Phytofood Klenz contains phytonutrient fine powders of
Aloe Vera, Psyllium, Pineapple, Prune, Fig, Date, Flax fibre, Papaya, Apple, Cascara sagrada, Fennel seed & Ginger.
Fortified with extra Nutrients:
In a base of natural fruit sugar (fructose). Some herbal extracts used.
Consult your health care professional if pregnant, lactating, taking medications/supplements or suffering from a serious health conditions before taking. Discontinue taking and seek professional advice if any adverse reaction occurs.
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