The best supplements for gut health: The best supplements to help relieve IBS

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When we are regular we really do feel better. Good gut health means emptying your colon in order to prevent the feeling of bloat and pain. 
Studies have shown that having a bowel movement happens at a different frequency for everyone and if you are suffering from poor gut health or even IBS there are supplements you can take in order to improve the condition.

Acacia fiber

The supplement is extracted from gum sap of the acacia tree. Acacia fibre is an excellent prebiotic for the gut microbes. It also helps with weight loss, temporary inflammation and is perfect for those with a sensitive stomach.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and vitamins. It works by reinforcing the gut barrier which relieves constipation- and temporary inflammation.

Butyrate

This fatty acid is produced by the gut bacteria as they digest prebiotic fibre. Butyrate is an important source for colon cells and nourishes and controls temporary inflammation in the gut. 

Chamomile

Dried chamomile flowers have been used medicinally for more than 5,000 years. Chamomile is the true digestive remedy and billed as a digestive relaxant as it calms temporary bloating, gas and indigestion.

Curcumin phytosome

Curcumin is derived from the bright yellow herb, turmeric. Its a powerful antioxidant that promotes the health of the gut barrier.

Poor digestive health can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, bloating and excessive wind. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also prove to be rather embarrassing.

Doctor Simon Smale, Gastroenterologist consultant and representative of the IBS Network said: “One of the most stressful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is probably urgency.

“Many IBS patients have to be near a bathroom at all times and this really affects their ability to enjoy their social life.

“Many sufferers fear being caught short whilst out and about.

“The fear or frustration of having to deal with a flare-up while you’re away from home can prevent sufferers from scheduling social activities, and even sadly becoming housebound and leading to social isolation.”

Tips for a healthy gut:

  • Eat a wide range of plant-based food
  • Avoid highly processed foods
  • Eat more fibre
  • Eat more probiotic foods such as yogurt
  • Be careful when using antibiotics and ensure to eat lots of foods that boost your microbes afterwards, as antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.

Taking supplements for the gut can help make sure the body has all it needs to stay balanced and healthy.

Eating a healthy well-balanced diet will ensure good gut health, however many of our foods are now grown in lower quality soil

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