Using Digestive Health Supplements
By Donovan Baldwin

You can improve digestive health by making good lifestyle choices, and, by taking certain digestive health supplements.


Many experts consider a healthy digestive system to be key to good health. You can see the results of this belief reflected in popular magazines, on health related shows, and in the many digestive health supplements which abound.

Unfortunately, despite the wide dissemination of information about the importance of digestive health, and the large amount of information available on the subject, many people still do not know how to make good lifestyle choices for digestive health.

This is sad, because achieving good digestive health is not all that difficult...especially when you consider many of the digestive health supplements which are readily available even if you don't choose to make other lifestyle changes.

Choosing to create a better digestive health situation has many benefits. Specific problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, irregularity, and constipation are just a few of the immediate discomforts and conditions which can be improved.

However, since digestion is tied to so many health issues, and integral to many bodily functions, good digestion can also lead to good health. Additionally, prolonged poor digestive choices and activity can result in damage to major organs as well as general, overall poor health.

Of course, your first choice for better digestive health should be better lifestyle choices; diet, exercise, rest, etc. However, use of digestive health supplements can help increase the beneficial effects of lifestyle choices.

PROBIOTICS

When striving for better digestive health, one of the major considerations should be to maintain the proper level of beneficial bacteria normally found in the digestive system.

There are many factors which can contribute to a diminished level of these beneficial bacteria:
  • Age

  • Stress

  • Smoking

  • Overeating

  • Failure to eat a wide range of natural foods

  • Lack of fiber

  • Drinking soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

  • Excessive use of sugar

  • Allergies and food sensitivities

  • Presence of chemicals in the diet

  • Environmental pollutants
Some you can do something about, some you cannot. You should change what you can, but, adding digestive health supplements, such as those which improve the level of digestive bacteria, known as probiotics, can also help.

DAILY MULTIVITAMINS AND MINERALS

Of all the digestive health supplements you can take, one of the simplest, and, most effective, is a daily multivitamin, most of which also contain a wide range of important dietary minerals. The vitamins and minerals contained within these supplements help the body function most effectively, including the functioning of the digestive system.

FIBER

Most of us do not get enough of the dietary fiber which is needed for good digestion and good health. Fiber has been shown to not only improve digestion, but, also improve many other aspects of health. Just for one example, good dietary fiber levels have been linked to heart health. While fiber is readily available from many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it can be hard to make sure you get the 25-30 grams recommeded for good health. This is why taking a fiber supplement may be beneficial

OTHER DIGESTIVE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS

Not quite as popular, but, of possible importance for healthy digestion are prebiotics and digestive enzymes.

Digestive health supplements are often a good choice, especially in today's fast food, high stress world. While it might be argued that getting the nutrients we need for digestive health is best done with lifestyle choices, digestive health supplements can be an effective substitute for poor choices and diets lacking in the nutrients we need.

Using Digestive Health Supplements
Page Updated 4:16 PM Sunday 12/27/2015