When and how to use specific supplements to enhance/treat gut issues
My whole philosophy is… Start with food, if needed then supplement.
Food is incredible, it has the power to cause damage and dis-order or it has the power to protect and to heal. Although due to deficient crops, accessibility and oftentimes just pure convenience supplementation is needed. Here I will discuss some basic (but not exhaustive) supplements that play an important role in gut health and healing. In the future i’ll spend more time looking at each individual supplement, for now just a quick overview.
- Digestive Enzymes – Poor digestion often leads to bloating, pain, indigestion, fatigue, stomach upsets which can indicate impaired digestion due to inadequate digestive enzymes. We are often deficient due to over cooking food, eating while on the run or stressed and poor food choices. A digestive enzyme supplementation boosts the levels of digestive enzymes helping you to break down food effectively. Digestive Enzymes may also help those who struggle with food intolerances / sensitivities things like dairy and gluten by aiding the digestion and reducing the severity of symptoms. Digestive Enzymes are to be consumed with the meal.
- Probiotics – Having a diverse and thriving bacterial colony in the gut is essential for proper digestion, improved immunity, stomach discomfort etc. Our lifestyles, diets and oftentimes overuse of antibiotics can negatively affect this colony. A broad spectrum (with Saccharomyces Boulardii), high dose probiotics is a must have in any gut protocol especially after antibiotics, whilst travelling or post an episode of diarrhoea.
- Bone Broth – It’s a nutrient power house and packed full of gelatine, glutamine and collagen which are essential for gut healing, digestion and repairing the integrity of the gut lining. So it heals the gut, helps with nutrient absorption and gives massive amounts of nutrients which in turn impacts, well basically all areas of our health. You can make your own, it’s super easy or buy it in a liquid or dehydrated form for convenience.
- Fibre – Fibre is SO important, not only does it keep things moving, removing toxins from the body but it is also what is feeding the good bacteria. So the strength of the good bacteria is dependent on the amount of fibre we consume. Once again a diet super rich in fibre (bulk up those vege) is going to be the best thing you can do, but for those who are struggling with this or for people with bowel complaints then a fibre supplement may be needed. Fibres such at Psyllium husks, Slippery Elm and Guar gum are your best bet. Watch out for shop bought fibre supplements that contain lots of artificial flavours and sugars.
- Gut Healing Powders – These often will contain glutamine, collagen, slippery elm, marshmallow, pectin, aloe vera and many other ingredients/ nutrients. These powders are formulated to feed good bacteria, soothe an irritated gut and protect the gut lining. There are many different types of healing powders with different ingredients for different complaints, best to work with a professional for the tailored approach.
I’ll stop there for now before I get lost down rabbit holes as there is so much more information to fill you in on.
Love Alissa ❤
**Always read the label. Follow the Directions for Use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. This medicine may not be right for you. Read the warnings before purchase.**