- Probiotics are live 'helpful' bacteria and yeasts in tablet form.
- Probiotics help send food through the intestines by affecting the nerves that control bowel movements.
- Probiotics help rebalance the bacteria in the gut, and are particularly useful for helping with excess gas issues.
- L-glutamine is an amino acid found throughout the body, with 30% of it in the intestines.
- Glutamine helps maintain the integrity of the cells that line the small intestine.
- Glutamine keeps the intestinal joints together, so that large undigested food particles do not pass from the small intestine into the blood.
- The supplement is usually in powder form, and should be used according to package directions and mixed with water.
- Ginger root soothes the stomach, relieves bloating, and supports regular bowel movements.
- Ginger root contains more than 400 unique biochemical compounds, and it also has antioxidant properties that can aid in the digestive process.
- Psyllium husks are a type of fiber that humans cannot fully digest, and this may sound like it won't help, but it is very beneficial.
- When you eat psyllium husks, they form a gel in your intestines that traps water, increases stool volume and makes it easier for you to go to the bathroom.
- Psyllium also positively affects your gut microbiome by acting as a prebiotic and supporting the number of bacteria that produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids.
- The British National Health Service (NHS) recommends taking peppermint oil to relieve stomach cramps and bloating.
- Peppermint oil works, by helping the muscles of the intestinal wall, to relax; This allows food to pass easily and reduces bloating.
- You should take peppermint oil supplements about an hour before each meal to aid digestion.