Top 4 Supplements for Digestive Health

Digestive issues are incredibly common in the fitness industry. This can be frustrating when making food choices to fuel and repair the body, as we want to be in the best possible position to uptake and utilise those nutrients. While things such as food sensitivities and stress may be coming into play and should be dealt with first, there are certain things we can do to support our digestive system and alleviate symptoms such as; bloating, flatulence and stomach pain.

Below are our top for supplements for digestive health.

CNP Professional Pro Biotic


Probiotics are live bacteria which live in our small intestine. The gut microbiome can be damaged and certain cultures reduced by antibiotics and even certain chemicals added to non-GMO foods, an argument for the apparent rise in food intolerances. Some specific strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, may help reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance. As symptoms of conditions such as IBS are so varied, and the causes still not fully understood, users have mixed reports on their effectiveness. But, if you are struggling to find the root to your problem, we would recommend trying them! Combine with prebiotics (prebiotic foods include; chicory root, onion, garlic and asparagus) for a complimentary effect.

Udos Choice Digestive Enzyme Blend

A digestive enzyme is a complex protein which a specific structure which is intended to catalyse the breakdown of macronutrients from our food. Important enzymes include; amylase (carbohydrate digestion), lipase (fat digestion) and protease (protein digestion). Sometimes we do not produce enough of a certain enzyme, which can cause issues. For example, lactase is responsible for the breakdown of the sugar lactose from dairy. If we do not have the necessary enzymes present, the undigested foods will ferment, causing gas and GI distress. The same note goes here as with probiotics, we all have different gut environments and what works for one person may not work for the next.

PharmaFreak Greens Freak

Greens Freak by PharmaFreak is a complete superfood greens formula with added proprietary digestive enzymes and proprietary probiotic cultures. There are countless benefits to using a greens supplement, with potential benefits to all aspects of general health! The powder form is preferable to some over capsules and it mixes into a tasty, flavoured drink. Perfect to consume with breakfast.

Glutamine

Glutamine is added to a whole host of supplements, from protein powders to amino acid blends. Glutamine is an amino acid linked to immune health, muscle recovery and, of course, healthy digestion. The small intestine requires more L-Glutamine than the rest of the body! L-Glutamine strengthens the gut lining by fueling the cells lining the mucosa of the SI and balancing mucus production. It is even been shown as an effective way to treat the symptoms of leaky gut and IBS.

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Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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