When to take supplements?


When and how to use specific supplements to enhance or 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 disorder or it has the power to protect and heal. However, 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, and stomach upsets, which can indicate impaired digestion due to inadequate digestive enzymes. We are often deficient due to overcooking food, eating while on the run or stressed, and poor food choices. A digestive enzyme supplementation boosts the levels of digestive enzymes, helping you break down food effectively. Digestive enzymes may also help those who struggle with food intolerances or sensitivities like dairy and gluten by aiding 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. On a broad spectrum (with Saccharomyces Boulardii), high-dose probiotics are a must-have in any gut protocol, especially after antibiotics while travelling or after an episode of diarrhoea.  
    • Bone Broth –  It’s a nutrient powerhouse 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 impact, 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 and remove toxins from the body, but it is also what feeds 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, a fibre supplement may be needed. Fibres such as 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 contain glutamine, collagen, slippery elm, marshmallow, pectin, aloe vera, and many other ingredients and 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; it is best to work with a professional for a tailored approach.

I’ll stop there for now before I get lost in rabbit holes, as there is so much more information to fill you in on.


Love Alissa ❤