Modern living, with its preponderance of carbs and charred meats, as well as an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, is not kind to the digestive system at all.
Many of us suffer from constipation, or alternate between constipation and the – ahem – other ends of the spectrum. There are also conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, reflux and other discomforts of the gut that plague the population.
Part of this is caused by the modern western diet and lack of exercise. While we can try to do something about these factors, it can be difficult to cook a vegetable stew from scratch every day, or to fit in a five-kilometre walk before breakfast. The lives we lead mean we sometimes need a bit of extra help to maintain our insides and keep them ticking over nicely.
In comes noni to the rescue
Noni juice – or pulp if you’re lucky enough to be able to source it – contains many compounds (165 and counting) that perform helpful functions in our internal organs. There are anti-inflammatory compounds, painkilling compounds, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial substances; all of these can help the gut. Ulcers are caused by bacteria, for example and many chronic conditions are caused or made worse by inflammation.
Noni can help your gut to synthesise digestive enzymes
A surprising proportion of people don’t have enough digestive enzymes or stomach acid and this can slow down digestion and cause excess gas and indigestion. Noni can provide the building blocks for these enzymes, as well as to help directly by acting upon food in the gut.
Noni speeds up digestive transit
Your digestive transit is the journey your food makes from your mouth to the other end and many of us have a slow transit. This means that at the final end of the gut – the colon and rectum – feces can simply stay around too long, where harmful compounds can be absorbed into the colon lining. This can, over time, cause cancer. Noni can speed up transit; at first you may find some laxative effects, but after a while, things will settle down into a regular, healthy pattern.