Best Gut Health Reme­dies

Quick tips about the top sup­ple­ments for gut health

Better Nutrition - - NATURALREMEDY - BY LISA TURNER

Fiber is cru­cial for gut health, nor­mal bowel move­ments, and elim­i­na­tion of tox­ins. Most Amer­i­cans get only half of what they need from food. Psyl­lium husk is rich in fi ber to treat con­sti­pa­tion, and is safe for long- term use. Fiber- rich fl axseeds help treat con­sti­pa­tion, es­pe­cially in peo­ple with ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome ( IBS). Add fl ax slowly to avoid bloat­ing and gas, and take suffi cient wa­ter. Be aware: fi ber can im­pact the ab­sorp­tion of cer­tain med­i­ca­tions, so take fi rst thing in the morn­ing away from med­i­ca­tions and sup­ple­ments. Peo­ple with al­ler­gies to grass pollen or melon could have al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to fi ber.

Di­ges­tive En­zymes

They help break down food and aid in di­ges­tion. Al­pha- galac­tosi­dase sup­ple­ments im­prove the break­down of legumes. Lac­tose im­proves di­ges­tion of dairy prod­ucts. Spe­cial­ized en­zymes like as dipep­tidyl pep­ti­dase help break down gluten. Protease, li­pase, and amy­lase digest pro­tein, fats, and starches. Com­bi­na­tion for­mu­las with a va­ri­ety of en­zymes are best for over­all di­ges­tion.

Deg­ly­cyrrhiz­inated Licorice ( DGL)

De­rived from l icorice root, DGL is used to re­lieve in­di­ges­tion, heart­burn, and acid refl ux. It heals and pro­tects the mu­cosa lin­ing the GI tract. It con­tains fl avonoids that pro­tect against H. py­lori, a com­mon cause of ul­cers. Un­pu­rifi ed, licorice can have side eff ects and may con­trib­ute to high blood pres­sure. Use DGL licorice— this form does not con­tain gly­cyrrhizin, the com­pound that causes some side eff ects such as high blood pres­sure.

Gin­ger

It re­lieves nau­sea, vom­it­ing, and morn­ing sick­ness, and is safe for use in preg­nancy. It can work as well as Dra­mamine against symp­toms of mo­tion sick­ness. It pre­vents gas­tric ul­cers caused by H. py­lori and NSAIDs. It aids in di­ges­tion by stim­u­lat­ing gas­tric motil­ity and the pro­duc­tion of en­zymes. It has anti- infl am­ma­tory and an­tiox­i­dant eff ects.

Pep­per­mint

It im­proves bile fl ow to help ease di­ges­tion. It helps pre­vent gas, bloat­ing, and fl at­u­lence, es­pe­cially in IBS. It acts as an an­ti­spas­modic to ease di­ges­tive dis­com­fort. The en­teric- coated cap­sules pass through in­testines, where the oil is then re­leased.

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