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Gut Health & Supplements

Uncategorized Nov 04, 2020

Let’s talk about gut health and supplements.

I’ve been noticing a trend in my practice. When people have something wrong with their gut the first thing they do is switch something in their diet and if that doesn’t work the next step is to go to the health food store to get some sort of digestive supplement.

While there is nothing wrong with this per se, the problem doesn’t usually get fixed by the supplement.

Why? Because the root cause of the problem is not being addressed.

Today I wanted to talk about two of the most common digestive supplements - digestive enzymes & probiotics - and when they can be helpful or hurtful.

Digestive Enzymes

A digestive enzyme is a supplement that contains enzymes necessary for the digestive process. These enzymes can be sourced from either plants or animals. They mimic the natural enzymes released by your stomach and small intestine for digestion.

They usually contain a mixture of enzymes to digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates - anything you see on the ingredient list that ends in an “-ase” is an enzyme. Some digestive enzymes also contain bile (naturally released from the gallbladder) to help digest fats.

How I see digestive enzymes commonly being used:

  • Randomly throughout the day to support digestion

  • After meals to ease bloating

  • Taken without knowing what the supplement is supposed to do

  • Taken without addressing the root cause of the digestive issues

How digestive enzymes should be used:

  • With meals to mimic the natural release in your body at the start of and throughout the duration of a meal

  • To support gut healing rather than as a bandaid to eliminate symptoms

  • At the advice of a licensed healthcare professional

In my practice digestive enzymes are not used until the root cause of digestive symptoms has been addressed. They are used when we move on to gut healing to help support the body’s natural mechanisms. They are not a permanent treatment or solution.

Probiotics

Most people know what probiotics are even if they haven’t taken them before. They are living microorganisms that are beneficial to the gut. They are used to support a healthy population of bacteria & fungi in the large intestine.

There is a huge variety of probiotic supplements on the market. While they all do generally the same thing there are a number of nuances - some strains are better than others for certain conditions, and some brands contain prebiotics that can be helpful but also harmful. They also vary dramatically in the amount of bacteria in the supplement (noted as CFU or colony forming units).

How I see probiotics commonly being used:

  • Taken as the first step in correcting digestive problems

  • Taken because a parent/sibling/friend told you to

  • Taken without knowing what the supplement is supposed to do

  • Taken without addressing the root cause of the digestive issues

How probiotics should be used:

  • At the end of the gut healing journey rather than the beginning

  • To support gut healing rather than as a bandaid to eliminate symptoms

  • At the advice of a licensed healthcare professional - so that you can get the right probiotics for your unique situation

In my practice probiotics are not used until the root cause of digestive symptoms has been addressed. They are used when the root cause has been addressed, gut healing has begun, and we are ready to move on to recurrence prevention. They are used to repopulate the gut with a healthy bacterial population. They do not need to be a permanent treatment are are rarely a root cause solution.

 

If you want advice on what supplements may be right to support your digestive problems - or better yet guidance to find the root cause - click the button below to book a complimentary discovery call.

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