It is well known that probiotics are the key to a healthy gut. But even with taking probiotics and eating well, many might still find themselves dealing with bloating and general digestive distress after eating. Digestive issues are actually a very common complaint.
More than almost any other function in the body, digestion requires massive amounts of energy. If our digestive system isn’t in balance, our bodies can overwork themselves, wasting precious energy that should be used for our daily function, just to process our meals. Poor digestion can also play a big role in sleep, mood, skin, immunity and general sense of well-being.
The key nutrients in getting your gut and digestion in working optimally are digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics- used in synergy.
Probiotics function best alongside prebiotics
Probiotics help improve healthy bacteria in the gut, keeping your GI tract balanced and healthy. Probiotics get a lot of attention but prebiotics are an unsung gut health hero. Prebiotics are a form of soluble fiber that helps feed the good bugs in your gut. They increase healthy bacteria and aid in digestion. You might be wondering where you can get prebiotics. Good sources of prebiotics are asparagus, leeks, bananas, apples and garlic. To ensure you are maximizing your gut flora you can look for a supplement that contains both prebiotics and probiotics to support overall health and digestion. Getting enough prebiotics and fiber in your diet can lead to a variety of benefits beyond improved digestion, including weight loss, reduction in inflammation, and much, much more.
If you are already using probiotics, the key may be adding digestive enzymes
Digestive enzymes are a digestion secret weapon. Digestive enzymes are produced in our pancreas, stomach and salivary glands, and work to help break down the food we eat into smaller nutrients that our bodies can absorb and help decrease inflammation. Many factors such as genetics, environment, age and more impact our ability to produce enough of the right digestive enzymes so it’s helpful to take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme blend. Ideally keep them with you and take them with each meal. Or take them before your biggest meals to combat bloating, indigestion, constipation and inflammation.
All in all prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes are like a health trifecta working together to optimize your overall health.
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