Gut Health Supplements
New research has revealed vital information on this area of the body that until recently was poorly understood. We now know that gut health is important for many functions including:
- Immune Function
- Preventing allergies
- Brain Health
Approximately, 90% of the neurotransmitters produced by the body are made in the lining of the gut. These neurotransmitters are how the brain sends signals and communicates throughout the body. If this gut-brain connection wasn’t already important enough, the gut is also host to 90% of immune cells of the body. Some block invasion by bacteria and viruses, and others help to establish the healthy balance required by our immune system for proper functioning.
It has become more widely known in recent years that the human gut or gastrointestinal tract is filled with both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. The relative proportions of both the good and the bad in this mixture known as our gut flora, play a big part in overall health. Indeed, many experts now believe the recent spike of autoimmune disease and autism can be traced back to detrimental effects of the Standard North American diet on our gut flora.
The easiest way to re-establish a healthy gut flora is through the use of probiotics which are filled with plenty of the ‘good’ bacteria.
There are three critical factors for an effective probiotic program, these include:
- sufficient numbers of a small number of relevant species of bacteria
- must be used on an ongoing basis
- a good probiotic must be taken with food
Recommended Standard Dose:
- 1 capsule daily with food, 10billion units
- HMF Forte by Seroyal available at True Balance
The complexity of the gut is truly amazing and often overlooked in the context of disease. Many of us take our digestive function for granted despite ongoing issues of gas, bloating, cramping, food intolerances or serious alterations in healthy bowel habits.
Protein absorption is critical for many systems in the body. Adequate hydrochloric acid is required for the proper breakdown of food in the stomach as it is prepared for digestion in the small bowel. After this the pancreas is also required in order to make sufficient digestive enzymes to properly break down the proteins in food for incorporation into the body.
Symptoms of gas and bloating with meals should lead to a trial of digestive enzyme supplementation.
Recommended Standard Dose:
- 1 capsules before meal up to 4 per day
- AOR Zymes available from True Balance
A 2-3 month trial will establish proper digestion if these enzymes are present in insufficient quantities. This should lead to a reduction in symptoms of gas, bloating and flatulence following meals.
Also take a look at out our General Nutrition and Gut Health page for more suggestions on how you can improve your diet and start feeling better!