You're feeling bloated, gassy, constipated (or the opposite!), lousy and over all just 'out of whack'. You're fed up, tired of feeling like this day after day and are eager to find some solutions. Well, I've got good and bad news. Sometimes the solutions are easy-peasy like 1, 2, 3 and some times they are a level 10 corn maze (is that even a thing?).
For the full post on gut health, refer to THIS article. In today's post, I'm simply going to list the steps and supplements that are best for mending, clearing and hopefully solving YOUR digestion issues.
Not all supplements are created equal. I've compiled this list of REPUTABLE supplements and provided you with links to amazon for purchasing. I make a small commission if you purchase any of these supplements through these links. With that being said, I am not sponsored by Thorne Research company and my opinions have been formed from my own personal use as well as my own research. There are a plethora of brands you could purchase, but these are my recommendations based on what I personally feel comfortable and confident about using MYSELF and recommending to YOU.
HCL is responsible for releasing enzymes that breakdown your food. Without proper breakdown of food, you're body struggles to extract nutrients. Undigested food also feeds unhealthy bacteria within your gut leading to nutrient deficiencies, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), bloating, gas, etc. Take HCL to help your body properly breakdown your food.
Lack of food breakdown can lead to multiple issues, one being dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the ratio of bad bacteria outweighing good bacteria within the gut. Bacteria is responsible for making up nearly 70 percent of our immune system. They are key players in gut health but in the wrong ratios can be extremely detrimental. Supplement with probiotics (healthy bacteria) and consume prebiotics (foods healthy bacteria feed on) to restore the healthy bacteria within your digestive system.
Prebiotic Foods: Banana, broccoli, kale, oats, flax seed and many more!
Probiotic Foods: Yogurt, kefir, kombucha, fermented foods, apple cider vinegar, etc
Typically the bacteria count in probiotic foods is not nearly enough to restore dysbiosis. For best results, consume these along with a probiotic supplement!
If your intestinal lining has been broken down by dysbiosis, antibiotics, infection, food particles, toxins, stress, etc, then it needs to be restored. A broken down intestinal lining can cause malnourishment, autoimmune disorders, food sensitives and inflammation. Glutamine is an amino acid that aids in restoring the intestinal lining of your GI tract.
Are food particles sitting in your intestines and not being flushed out? Supplement with fiber to get things 'moving'. If you increase your fiber intake, make sure to also increase water intake or you could further worsen the issue.
These 4 supplements cover food breakdown, microbiome, healing the lining of the gut and regularity. Typically, gut issues work in tandem and only focusing on one problem does not fix all. For best results, take these core gut supplements WHILE following an elimination diet.
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