Through digestion, our stomach processes the food and beverages that we consume and extracts all the nutrients from them that the body needs to function. Our digestive system then delivers these nutrients to other systems in our body, thus ensuring that all our organs and bodily processes are fueled by adequate nutrients (1). A healthy digestive system allows the processes of cell regeneration, efficient calorie use, fat conversion, and even growth to take place (2).
Our digestive system’s job is also to eliminate waste. By getting rid of substances our body no longer needs, the digestive system makes sure that our body retains only what we need to thrive and rids it of anything else that could cause us discomfort or harm (1).
A dysregulated digestive system could put us at risk of developing a variety of health conditions. Some of these conditions can impact the stomach and associated organs.
To maintain a healthy digestive system, a holistic, healthy high fibre diet of fermented foods, dietary supplements, lean meats, fruits and vegetables, is required.
Build your own vitamin pack
Vitable Australia carries vitamin and mineral supplements specially formulated to aid digestion and boost digestive health. Here’s a list of some supplements that you can consider when you build your own vitamin pack for digestive health.
Zinc as a nutrient keeps the microbial population in our stomachs at an optimum level. It ensures that only helpful strains of gut bacteria proliferate in our digestive system (4). Having the right amount and kind of intestinal flora live in our digestive system can be beneficial as they ward off stomach infection-causing fungi, virus, and bacteria and mitigate the effects of these harmful microbes, should they find their way inside our bodies (5). Optimum amounts of zinc in our digestive tract is crucial to our intestinal health. Without the healthy presence of zinc in our bodies to promote digestive health, it’s possible for our gut to lack the microbial defenses it needs, making us much more prone to digestive-related illnesses.
Zinc can improve your digestive system and be obtained sufficiently from a well-balanced diet. If you feel that you do not get enough zinc through food, supplements can help ensure you receive the nutrient adequately.
Probiotics support intestinal-friendly flora. They help ensure a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Priobiotics do this by controlling the multiplication of bad bacteria (6) and keeping in the good bacteria . By keeping your gut defenses up at all times, probiotics help maintain digestive health and functioning (6).
Additionally, probiotics support and restore friendly gut flora during antibiotic use. Despite being instrumental in controlling infection or addressing an illness in the body, antibiotics can potentially kill off both good and bad bacteria in our digestive system in the process. Vitable’s Probiotics SB is a premium blend of three gut-friendly bacteria that help restore beneficial gut flora after antibiotic use.
Vitable’s Daily Probiotics also promotes and maintains a balance between good and bad gut bacteria. It is essential to a healthy digestive system while also helping relieve common stomach-related issues (7). This includes bowel discomfort, traveller’s diarrhoea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Curcumin is an active compound found in turmeric - the ginger-like spice beloved for its medicinal, healing qualities (8). Curcumin contributes to digestive health mostly by soothing common digestive maladies and protecting us from chronic illnesses. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended the compound as an effective agent against acid reflux and excessive gassiness.
More recent research into curcumin has revealed that it plays a more powerful role in keeping our digestive system healthy and strong. It does this by keeping the symptoms of IBS at bay, fighting inflammation caused by digestive diseases (8).
Curcumin can be consumed in healthy amounts by including more turmeric in our diet. But if you would like to ensure you receive adequate curcumin, supplementation can be an option.
In addition to these supplements, remember to limit foods high in fat, acidic components and alcohol, to care for your digestive system. Fish oils in omega-3 not only act as natural lubricants to keep the system well oiled, but also promote a robust configuration of healthy bacteria in the gut. Insoluble fibres such as wheat bran help push foods through our intestinal tract. While soluble fibres like beta-glucan in oats and barley are easily digested and recommended to keep the system functioning well. The small intestinal absorption of water-soluble B vitamins through sea foods such as clams, mussels and oysters, is hugely beneficial to aid digestive issues (9).
Apart from a diet containing gut-friendly nutrients and foods rich in folic acid, vitamins and minerals, a multivitamin subscription can be what you need to maintain digestive health. Vitable Australia provides you with daily vitamin packs composed of vitamin supplements tailored to you. We also offer vitamin delivery for the ultimate health and convenience of its customers.
Build your own vitamin pack. Find out more about other areas that the above supplements can help you with:
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Vitamin and/or mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
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4. Zinc deficiency alters gut bacteria makeup and function (2015), https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/12/zinc-deficiency-alters-gut-bacteria-makeup-and-function. Retrieved on 4 September 2021
5. What is 'gut health' and why is it important? (2019), https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/what-is-gut-health-and-why-is-it-important/2019/07. Retrieved on 4 September 2021
6. Probiotics (2020), https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/14598-probiotics. Retrieved on 4 September 2021
7. Should you take probiotics? (2019), https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-take-probiotics. Retrieved on 4 September 2021
8. Many benefits of turmeric (2015), https://badgut.org/information-centre/health-nutrition/many-benefits-turmeric/. Retrieved on 4 September 2021