Supplements

Fluid NYC carries a complete selection of medical grade supplements for regularity, detoxification, and overall wellness.

Whether or not you’re currently undergoing colon hydrotherapy treatment, Dr. Francis recommends that you consume the following supplements on a daily basis to ensure regularity and optimal wellness.  These supplements are particularly important for individuals who should not receive colon hydrotherapy due to contra-indications (e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and so on).

Probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain healthy intestinal flora.  These “good bacteria” reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.  Having a low number of beneficial bacteria can lead to infections, such as vaginal yeast and urinary tract infections, and symptoms such as diarrhea from intestinal illnesses.

Many people use probiotics to prevent diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by antibiotics.  Probiotics may help replace the lost beneficial bacteria that are killed by the antibiotics when they destroy the disease-causing bacteria.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzyme supplements aid in the digestion of food.  Enzymes are primarily secreted by the pancreas to help break down the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food.   Digestive enzyme supplements may be derived from plants, animals, or fungi. The more prominent types are:

Bromelain — derived from the stem and pulp of pineapples. Useful in the digestion of protein.

Lipase — derived from pigs, cows, plants, and fungi.  Important for the digestion and absorption of fat.

Papain — derived from the papaya fruit.  Useful in the digestion of proteins, and to a lesser extent, fats.

Lactase — produced by the small intestine, not the pancreas. Lactase is needed for the digestion of lactose.

Dietary fiber

Most women should get at least 25 grams and most men 38 grams each day to gain all the health benefits of fiber, according to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intake.  Tufts University researcher and professor of nutrition Susan Roberts, PhD, has shown that people who eat 35 to 45 grams of fiber a day are less hungry when losing weight and lose more weight than people who eat less fiber.

The best way of adding fiber to the diet is increasing the quantity of fruits and vegetables that are eaten. This means a minimum of five servings of fruits or vegetables every day. Many of our patients find this inconvenient, so we recommend adding fiber supplements to their diets.

 

Fluid NYC carries a full array of medical-grade supplements — shelf stable probiotics, digestive enzymes, immune system boosters, weight-loss, and detox/cleansing products.

All products and nutritional supplements are carefully screened and selected by Dr. Francis to ensure that they are effective and free of excipients.

 

Enzymes

My thanks to the following sources of guidance and information:

  • Dr. Jay W. Marks and Dr. William C. Shiel, Jr., of MedicineNet.com
  • Dr. Thomas Park, of the University of Rochester Medical Center Park in New York
  • Ms. Amanda Gardner of Health.com
  • The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
  • WebMd