Our bodies are usually very good at taking the food we eat and breaking it down into the nutrients it needs to thrive. But sometimes, and especially with some foods (hello BBQ feast) we can use a helping hand. That is where Betaine HCL & digestive enzymes come into play.
Our gastrointestinal tract (GI) thrives when it is supplied with a diverse range of amino acids and in the right amounts. We can get these through food, eg via digesting a nice steak. But sometimes it is easier and more effective to supplement directly with select amino acids, especially L-Glutamine and those found in collagen.
Our microbiome, collection of bacteria in our gut, is like a garden. So to help it thrive we should feed it the fuel it loves (prebiotics) and send more of the good guys down (probiotics, aka good bacteria). Foods like sauerkraut can help, but can often be hard to make/buy, eat or tolerate due to high FODMAPs. Supplements can thus be an extremely convenient & clean source.
Sometimes we need a little extra help to cover all bases in the GI tract. That is where beneficial probiotic yeasts, herbs and nutrients can come in to support optimal balance of bacteria and yeast in our gut flora.
The final pieces of the puzzle for good gut health are arguably also the same pieces for great overall health – hello omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Not only can they support the integrity of our GI tract, but they also offer a host of other benefits.