Supplements for Digestion

Are you suffering with gas, bloating, reflux, diarrhoea or constipation and wondering how you can support your digestion? Digestive issues are very common, with approximately 4 in 10 people experiencing at least one digestive symptom at any one time.

Many individuals can improve their digestion naturally with simple changes to diet, lifestyle, complementary therapies and nutritional supplements.

Key Foods for Digestion

Nutrients which can support healthy digestion include fibre, prebiotic and probiotic foods, magnesium, vitamin A, zinc and glutamine. Avoid processed and sugary foods and include these foods in your diet:

  • Fibre: aim for 7 portions of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit per day, along with a handful of nuts and seeds (particularly flaxseed) or gluten-free wholegrains.
  • Prebiotic foods: apples, chicory root, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, green (unripe) bananas and whole oats provide a rich source of prebiotics.
  • Probiotic foods: good levels of probiotics can be sourced in sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and live yoghurt.
  • Kiwi fruit: eating 2 kiwi fruit each day with the skin on has been shown to be beneficial for regulating bowel movements.
  • Homemade bone broth: provides an excellent source of vitamin A, magnesium, zinc and glutamine.

Which Supplements Can Support Digestion?

Include these top supplements to support digestion:

  1. Digestive enzymes
  2. Prebiotics
  3. Probiotics
  4. Zinc
  5. Glutamine

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Digestion

  • You may wish to opt for a supplement which combines multiple essential gut-healing nutrients. Look for those combining any of the following ingredients: L-glutamine, NAG, nucleotides, vitamin A, ginger, zinc, slippery elm, marshmallow, pectin, probiotics and prebiotic fibres.
  • Zinc picolinate and zinc citrate are good bioavailable forms of zinc to supplement with to ensure optimal absorption.
  • There are many options when choosing digestive enzymes which can be tailored to your needs. Some contain additional ingredients such as hydrochloric acid to help increase stomach acid levels, and/or botanicals such as fennel or artichoke extract to alleviate gut symptoms.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Digestion

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with digestion and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here:

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