Gut Healing Supplements | Step 5: ResealJun 27, 2022
Although diet is an essential part of healing your gut, especially if you have a leaky gut, several supplements can aid your gut health to get your digestive tract back online.
I’ve listed my five favorite supplements in this article, so please check these out! As always, seek the advice of a medical professional before you take any supplements, as individual needs vary from person to person.
Digestive Enzymes for Gut Health
Digestive enzymes are a vital part of the process for your body to break down food. Although your body produces enzymes naturally, different conditions and diseases, such as Celiac disease, can hinder the production of your natural enzymes. This, in turn, leaves your body without the proper enzymes to digest your food. As a result, your stomach may not have the tools to break down what you eat, and undigested food can make its way into your large intestine, wreaking havoc on your gut.
In addition, not digesting your food properly can also cause indigestion and heartburn, which many doctors treat with an antacid, which reduces the acid in your stomach. However, suppose the issue does not have enough enzymes. In that case, you could end up with chronic indigestion by taking an acid reducer, further exacerbating the problem. If you are dealing with chronic indigestion, check out my chronic indigestion protocol to see if changing what you eat may help your stomach (and your gut) feel better.
Prebiotics and Probiotics for Gut Health
Two supplements many people with digestive issues have is not having enough - or the correct type of - good bacteria. Probiotics are the good bacteria found in your gut. They are responsible for boosting your immune system and helping you break down your food, among the many other essential tasks good bacteria are known for in your gut health.
In addition to probiotics, you can also try prebiotic supplementation. Think of prebiotics as a fertilizer for your good bacteria. Prebiotics are the food your good bacteria use to eat and grow. Much like we need food to survive, so does the good bacteria in your intestinal tract. When they don’t have enough food because of inhospitable conditions caused by medications, disease, or illness, their good bacteria can die off. Prebiotics help nourish your good natural bacteria, rebalancing the flora in your intestinal tract and helping to maintain a healthy gut.
Constipation is a condition that is often treated by taking certain types of over-the-counter medication for a prolonged period. Sometimes, using enzymes or probiotics can help to alleviate this issue. However, if you’re not making enough enzymes or taking probiotics, and you still have symptoms, you may want to try treating these symptoms with my protocol for constipation. In this, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to what to eat and supplements you can use to relieve constipation and hard stools.
When to Use an Acid Reducer
If you have issues with acid reflux that can damage your esophagus, you’ll want to ensure that acid doesn’t make its way up to damaged tissue in your throat. An excellent way to prevent this is to take a natural acid reducer. An acid reducer buffers the acid in your stomach, making it less acidic so you won’t have reflux issues. Getting to the root cause is essential and a stool test is where we start to look for answers.
Collagen for Gut Repair
Many people who suffer from intestinal and gut health issues such as IBS, Celiac, and leaky gut, can significantly benefit from taking a collagen supplement. Collagen is the protein found in your hair and nails, and many times when my patients take collagen, they find that their nail and hair has become more healthy or grows faster. An added bonus is that collagen helps rebuild a broken or leaky intestinal lining. Gut health + beautiful hair!
Want personalized supplement recommendations? Check out my 16-week Gut Restore program and how I can help you address your chronic health problems.
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