4 Supplements For Better Digestive Health
We rarely think about health – until there is a problem. This is especially true with our digestive health, which is unfortunate, as a healthy digestive system is vital for good health. The series of organs from mouth to colon are responsible for the proper digestion and absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste products and toxins from our bodies.
The center of this digestive system, the gut, includes the stomach and intestines and is home to millions (nearly 3 pounds) of “good” bacteria that are responsible for digesting your food, producing vitamins, regulating hormones, and excreting toxins. Good digestive health begins with supporting these beneficial bacteria and helping them do their job.
You can support your healthy digestion and maintain balance by:
- Taking digestive enzymes with your meals.
- Taking probiotic supplements, to support healthy bacteria.
- Taking Omega-3 fatty acid supplements to reduce gut inflammation.
- Taking gut-healing glutamine and zinc supplements.
Let’s look at each of the four supplements individually:
- Digestive Enzymes – Digestive enzymes are responsible for the breaking down of food into smaller, usable portions. A lack of digestive enzymes can lead to indigestion, bloating, gas and flatulence, and heartburn. The more popular enzymes are papain, lipase, and bromelain, most are tablets that can easily be taken with meals to ensure they are available for proper digestion.
- Probiotic Supplements – Probiotic supplements replace or reinforce the “good” gut bacteria and yeast needed for healthy digestion. The most prevalent bacteria are lactobacillus, bifidobacterium and acidophilus. Probiotics are especially useful after medical treatment using antibiotics. The antibiotics treatments will destroy your healthy growth of bacteria in your intestines and probiotic supplements can help to restore your balanced and healthy gut bacteria.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Omega 3 fatty acids found in Fish Oil supplements support the growth and survival of probiotic bacterial strains in your gut. Omega 3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines by countering the effects of Omega 6 acids which cause the inflammation. You should be taking a quality omega-3 supplement in the form of a omega-3 fish oil to keep your gut happy and healthy.
- Glutamine and Zinc – The amino acid L-glutamine repairs cells and maintains the gut barrier (lining) while maintaining the mucus coating the digestive tract. Zinc (use zinc carnosine) has been shown to directly repair the stomach and intestinal lining without irritating it. This pair of supplements work together to heal and repair damage from ulcers and leaky gut.