The Best Supplements For Digestion

The Best Supplements For Digestion

Our gut plays a much bigger part in our overall wellbeing that we might realise, influencing everything from our mental health and immunity to the condition of our skin. For this reason, it’s essential to ensure that our gut is in the best condition possible, and?fortunately, there are a lot of things we can do achieve a happy tummy.? Here’s our guide to our top supplements for digestion.?

The Digestion Process

The first?phase?of in the digestive process is often overlooked, but it’s?a really important?one. Known as the cephalic phase, it’s triggered when you see or smell food. This step means that the enzymes in your saliva?begin the?process of food breakdown before you’ve even started eating.?With this in mind,?try?to think about your food before you?eat it to encourage your digestive juices?to start?working.??

Chewing your food (the second phase of digestion) is?also?key when it comes to gut health. With proper chewing, you are mechanically breaking down food into smaller pieces, so that there’s a greater surface area and the?digestive?enzymes?can?get to work more easily.??

Our Top Supplements for Digestion?

The next step to?healthy digestion is looking after what’s in your gut. Tens of trillions of good bacteria live in your gut. They play an essential role in helping your body?to?break down food and absorb essential nutrients.?Upset their balance, and you could start noticing problems including bloating, stomach pain, fatigue and food sensitivities. This is where supplements for digestion come in.?

1. Inulin ?

Prebiotics are plant fibres which feed good bacterium and stimulate its growth.?Myvitamins Inulin Powder?is a source of the popular prebiotic Inulin and can be added to shakes, bakes or smoothies.??

2. Digestion?

You can increase the number of good bacteria in your gut by eating probiotic foods such as kefir, kimchi and live yoghurt. However, a good addition would be to introduce friendly bacteria found naturally in your digestive system, such as lactobacillus. Studies show that those with less variety of good bacteria in the gut are more prone to storing fat,?(2)?so?it’s definitely worth boosting your intake.??

Myvitamins Digestion?is an expert blend of?15 billion live cultures as well as chloride to support?normal digestion. (3) They’re a convenient way to support your gut health every single day.??

3. Bromelain ?

In addition to increasing the variety of probiotics in your gut, it’s important to look after your digestive enzymes. They breakdown everything you eat so your gut can better absorb the nutrients from your food.??

As we get older, the number of digestive enzymes in the stomach naturally reduces. Bromelain is a great way to boost these enzymes, especially if you’re suffering from bloating or cramps.?Bromelain is found naturally in pineapples and is a proteolytic, which means it helps to breakdown proteins, some of which can be?really difficult?to digest and can cause irritation to the gut lining.??

4. Gut Gummies?

Supplements for digestion

If you want to further boost your digestive enzymes, try Myvitamins Gut Gummies, which contain a specific strain of probiotic that has been shown to produce digestive enzymes in your gut. (3)?They also come in a delicious?Mixed Berry?flavour, so they’re perfect for adding to your daily routine.??

Digestion problems can impact several aspects of our?lifestyle but supplements can help. Shop the whole Myvitamins Digestion range here.??

Sanna Atherton is a qualified Nutritionist, specialising in gut health. Find out more about her experience here.?

  1. Chicory fibre inulin contributes to normal bowel function by increasing stool frequency.?
  2. Ley R.E.,?Backhed?F., Turnbaugh P.,?Lozupone?C.A., Knight R.D., Gordon J.I. Obesity alters gut microbial ecology. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.?2005;102:11070–11075.?doi: 10.1073/pnas.0504978102.
  3. Chloride contributes to normal digestion by producing?hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
  4. Ref: Cao, J. et al. (2020) ‘Probiotic characteristics of Bacillus coagulans?and associated implications for human health and diseases’, Journal of Functional Foods, 64.?doi:10.1016/j.jff.2019.103643.?

Sanna Atherton - Registered Nutritionist, MBA, mBANT, mCNHC

Sanna Atherton - Registered Nutritionist, MBA, mBANT, mCNHC

Writer and expert

Sanna’s background in forensic science and power engineering led her to the fascinating world of Nutrition. She now helps stressed, worn out, time poor people find their happy weight and get back to their vibrant, fulfilled selves. As well as Corporate Wellbeing Programmes, Sanna has developed bespoke online nutrition courses, recipe eBooks and delivers 1:1 life-changing health coaching.