Nutrition

The Best Supplements For Digestion

The Best Supplements For Digestion

Bloating. Cramps. Indigestion. Digestion can cause many of us discomfort and pain.

Sometimes, these problems can be caused by a number of issues. Gastrointestinal problems such as IBS, celiac disease and ulcerative colitis, can cause digestive trouble.  Even lifestyle factors such as stress, diet and dehydration, can cause discomfort.

Many of the risk factors are out of our control and as we age, the amount of digestive enzymes such as hydrochloric acid, pepsin and lipase in the stomach naturally reduces. Given that, it is highly advised, for those suffering from digestive problems to take a form of supplementation to promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes. 

But which should you take? We’ve pulled together a list of the best supplements for digestion, to make things a little easier for you to swallow…

 

  1. Bromelain+
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    Bromelain+

    Used to: Aid digestion, reduce heartburn.

    How it works: Bromelain protein-digesting (proteolytic) enzyme complex found naturally in pineapples. The mixture of enzymes in Bromelain+, including papin and betaine, help to break down food and improve macronutrient absorption. The compounds in bromelain also help to treat heartburn by reducing inflammation.

     

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  2. Activated Charcoal
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    Activated Charcoal

    Used to: Ease bloating and reduce gas

    How it works: Activated charcoal helps to prevent that amount of gas that is produced by bacteria in the stomach by soaking up hydrogen and carbon dioxide. This naturally eases feelings discomfort experienced by excess gas. Want to know the best part about it? Activated charcoal could also reduce symptoms of a hangover.

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  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
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    Apple Cider Vinegar

    Used to: Improve digestion, a natural prebiotic, reduces heartburn.

    How it works: Being a prebiotic, apple cider vinegar helps increase the number of good bacteria in the stomach. It’s these bacteria in your gut which help keep your digestive system healthy. Apple cider vinegar can also increase the amount of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach, essential to break down food and absorb nutrients.

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  4. Go With Your Gut
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    Go With Your Gut

    Used to: Ease bloating and discomfort during digestion

    How it works: Our secret formula includes chloride, which helps your stomach to digest food naturally. No bloating. No discomfort. No fuss.

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  5. Inulin Powder
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    Inulin Powder

    Used to: Improve bowel function and support digestion

    How it works: Also a prebiotic, Inulin works in a similar way by promoting the good bacteria in the stomach. The added benefit of it being a water-soluble dietary fibre gives Inulin an impressive ability to better bowel function and digestive health (backed by European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

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  6. Fibre Blend
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    Fibre Blend

    Used to: Improve bowel function and support digestion

    How it works: With a blend of soluble and insoluble fibre, it contains Chicory Root Fibre, that is not absorbed by our gut, to support the process of digestion. It also contains Oatbran and Psyllium Husks, which are absorbed by the gut to lower cholesterol and slow digestion.

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Our digestive system is one of the most active parts of the body and therefore making sure it’s healthy is essential for your wellbeing. Suffering from digestive problems can result in nutrient malabsorption which can cause many, more serious issues. If you’re suffering from digestive problems and would like some more advice from one of our nutritionists, speak to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Alternatively, click here to see our full digestive health range.



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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