6a-hfn-hfn-theme-happy-gut-engFive Supplements that Make Your Gut Happy

We want you to enjoy health. Here are a handful of supplements that can help keep you and your gut happy.

1. Probiotics

Probiotics are protectors of your digestive tract and mediators for your immune system. Probiotics also influence your brain. According to an animal study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2015, probiotics positively influence the brain effecting emotion, stress and pain. A happy gut contains a plethora of probiotics. Unfortunately, probiotics are only available in small amounts in a handful of foods. Plus, probiotics are destroyed by stress, illness and medication. An unhappy gut may be lacking probiotics.

2. Enzymes

The body produces digestive enzymes to assist the gut in breaking down food. Is your gut grumpy after you eat too much, or eat late in the day? The body produces fewer enzymes as the day goes on, and we produce them less efficiently as we age. Enzyme expert Dr. Mamadou, wrote in the Natural Medicine Journal, that digestive enzyme supplements may also be helpful in lactose, casein and gluten intolerance.

3. Fish Oil

Inflammation is at the core of many digestive complaints. Fish oil contains effective anti-inflammatory fatty acid, called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Research studies suggest fish oil may improve gut health in many ways, including a 2010 study published in the journal Gut that found EPA helped to reduce rectal polyps.

4. Cleansing

Toxins can build up in the digestive system – the same place where we absorb nutrients. Cleansing the digestive system helps it repair and restore. A cleanse formula that focuses on the liver and colon can help keep your gut happy.

5. Fermented Protein Powder

Fermenting whey protein may make it easier to digest. The International Journal of Food Microbiology reported that fermenting whey protein lowers the levels of two milk compounds that are hard to digest: lactose and beta-lactoglobulin (the main cause of a milk allergy). In addition, research has found fermenting whey protein increases the quantity of branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs improve muscle recovery and performance, according to a scientific review published in Sports Medicine in 2014.

References:
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http://naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2013-09/use-digestive-enzymes-specific-digestive-disorders
Mayer EA et al. Gut-brain axis and the microbiota. J Clin Invest 2015 Feb 17. pii: 76304. doi: 10.1172/JCI76304
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Pasiakos, SM et al. Effects of protein supplements on muscle damage, soreness and recovery of muscle function and physical performance: a systematic review.
Sports Med. 2014 May;44(5):655-70.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40279-013-0137-7
Pescuma, M. et al. Functional fermented whey-based beverage using lactic acid bacteria. Int J Food Microbiol 2010 Jun 30;141(1-2):73-81.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20348368