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The best supplements for gut health

| DEC 1, 2023

Written by Nutritional Therapist Uta Boellinger.

What Are The Best Supplements For Gut Health?

Maintaining a healthy gut is essential for overall well-being as your gut is connected to all other areas of your body. Essentially the old saying that all disease starts in the gut is not far off. It makes sense if you think about it as any gut issues will likely impair nutrient uptake, which in turn will result in your body being unable to perform all of its functions and mechanisms. One effective way to support gut health is through the use of supplements. In this article, we will explore the essential nutrients your gut needs, how supplements play a crucial role in nurturing your gut and the best supplements for gut health, the significance of healthy eating and the importance of consulting healthcare professionals for personalised advice.

Essential Nutrients For Gut Health

Before delving into specific supplements, it's important to understand the essential components that contribute to optimal gut health. Let’s start with the basics and some important terminology:

Probiotics - the live bacteria that promote a balanced gut microbiome, crucial for digestive health. They live in and on us and can be found in fermented foods as well as capsules, powder or liquid supplements.

Prebiotics - fibre that nourishes these beneficial bacteria, helping them thrive. Essentially their food.

Digestive enzymes - another key component aiding in the breakdown of food into nutrients that the body can absorb. These are created by your body and some foods can support this process. 

Omega-3 fatty acids - found in oily fish, seaweed, nuts and seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the gut by reducing inflammation and therefore limiting damage to the gut lining. 

Additionally, vitamin D and zinc play a role in maintaining gut health as they contribute to healthy gut membranes.

The same is true for collagen which is an important building block. It supports gut health by maintaining the integrity of the intestinal lining, providing essential amino acids for repair as well as exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties, therefore contributing to the healing processes in the digestive system.

The most important thing for a healthy gut is to incorporate a diverse range of whole foods into your diet.

Nurturing Your Gut: The Role Of Supplements

While a well-balanced diet is fundamental, supplements can offer targeted support. It’s also a good insurance policy on days when you don’t manage to eat so well or whilst travelling.

Probiotic supplements, available in various strains, can help restore and maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria. I particularly recommend these for anyone travelling to exotic countries where they are likely to eat foods their body is not used to. Look for supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, known for their positive impact on digestive health.

Prebiotic supplements can complement probiotics by providing the necessary fibre to fuel the growth of beneficial bacteria. This combination creates an environment in which these microbes can flourish, contributing to improved digestion and a strengthened immune system. With a pro and prebiotic, you’re essentially sending the good guys down to work with a picnic to keep them going. 

Digestive enzyme supplements can be beneficial for those with digestive disorders. These supplements assist in breaking down food, reducing the risk of indigestion, bloating and nutrient deficiencies. 

Omega-3 supplements provide anti-inflammatory benefits that support a healthy gut. They help in maintaining the integrity of the gut lining, preventing inflammation and promoting overall well-being. 

Collagen and zinc can be very supportive in conditions such as acid reflux or inflammatory bowel disease to help restore the gut lining. 

Healthy Eating For Gut Wellness

While supplements play a vital role in supporting gut health, they should be seen as complements to a nutrient-rich diet, as touched on above. Focus on the following dietary practices to nurture your gut:

  • Fibre-Rich Foods: Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. These foods are rich in fibre, promoting regular bowel movements and providing fuel for beneficial gut bacteria.
  • Fermented Foods: Incorporate fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi into your meals. These foods contain live probiotics.
  • Limit Processed Foods: Processed and sugary foods can negatively impact gut health by promoting the growth of harmful bacteria. Minimise your intake of these foods to maintain a balanced microbiome.
  • Stay Hydrated: Adequate water intake is essential for digestion. It helps in the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients, supporting overall gut function.
  • Moderate Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria. Consume alcohol in moderation to promote a healthy gut environment.

By combining these dietary practices with targeted supplements, you can create an optimal environment for gut health and overall well-being.

Consulting A Healthcare Professional For Gut Health

While incorporating supplements and making dietary changes can positively impact gut health, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant adjustments to your regimen. Everyone's body is unique, and individual health conditions may require personalised guidance.

A healthcare professional, such as a Nutritional Therapist can assess your specific needs, address any underlying health issues, and provide tailored recommendations. Over the years, I’ve helped many clients restore their gut health and significantly improve symptoms. We can help identify the most suitable supplements for your individual requirements, ensuring you receive the right balance of nutrients to support your health journey.

If you are experiencing persistent digestive issues, such as chronic bloating, abdominal pain, or irregular bowel movements, seeking professional advice is paramount. These symptoms may indicate underlying health concerns that require a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional.

Contact Us for Further Gut Health Support

If you have any questions about gut health or supplements, feel free to reach out. The Bare Biology team is dedicated to supporting you on your journey to optimal health. 

Achieving and maintaining gut health involves a holistic approach that combines a nutrient-rich diet, targeted supplements and lifestyle changes. By understanding the essential nutrients for gut health and incorporating the right supplements into your routine, you can support a balanced gut microbiome and promote overall wellness. Your gut health is a journey, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Uta Boellinger is a registered nutritional therapist who specialises in helping busy women balance their hormones, feel reenergised and optimise their health. 


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