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Boost Your Gut Health With YrHealth
As more research is published about the importance of gut health to overall wellness, people are becoming more interested in finding gut-friendly products. There is also plenty of emerging research about the gut-brain connection that links gut health to mental health. This means that anything that helps improve mental health may also indirectly help with gut health too, and vice versa. This article delves into the importance of gut health and covers all the supplements in our range that may help support it.
What is a gut microbiome?
Each person has a gut microbiome that is found in the large intestine and is made of up to 1000 species of bacteria. This may sound a little off-putting, but in reality, it would be nearly impossible to survive without a microbiome. Believe it or not, the human body actually contains more bacterial cells than human cells. Each different type of bacteria in the microbiome plays its own role in maintaining overall health and wellness. In fact, the microbiome is sometimes described as an extra organ due to its importance, and it weighs around the same as the brain (approx 1-2Kgs).
Why is gut health important?
Gut health is becoming a widely discussed topic due to its relevance to other areas of health and wellness. In addition to digestive health, the gut microbiome has been linked to heart health, weight management, blood sugar, and neurological health. All of these functions are crucial in maintaining a healthy body. Therefore, finding ways to improve gut health by supporting a well-balanced microbiome may boost your overall wellbeing.
Supplements that may directly help with gut health
We offer some supplements that aim to help improve gut health and overall wellness.
Bio Cultures Probiotic Complex
Our Bio Cultures Probiotic Complex contains 45 billion CFU per serving, which stands for ‘colony forming units’. This means that there are 45 billion active microorganisms present in each two capsule serving. 15 different strains of live bacteria make up the 45 billion CFU. They all contribute to the gut microbiome, helping to ensure that it’s balanced and diverse. This potent supplement is stable enough that the cultures it contains can stay alive for the entire shelf life.
Psyllium Husk Complex
Psyllium husk comes from the outer shell of the seeds of a plant called Plantago ovata. It is a bulk-forming fibre, which means it can absorb water in the gut. This can help people achieve regular bowel movements that are easy to pass. The addition of peppermint and ginger in our Psyllium Husk Complex may also help improve discomfort or pain that comes with bowel movements. Unlike other digestive supplements, psyllium husk does not typically increase gas or flatulence. Instead, it is gentle on the stomach and provides support to the gut’s microbiome by improving digestion and bowel movements.
Apple Cider Vinegar Complex
Apple cider vinegar is full of antioxidants and other properties that help promote gut health, leading to improved overall wellbeing. Additionally, our Apple Cider Vinegar Complex contains additional ingredients that aim to improve gut health, such as prebiotics, probiotics, turmeric, cayenne fruit, and ginger. These ingredients are all popular, natural remedies for digestive issues and are also widely used to support overall gut health. Additionally, we included vitamin B12 in our Apple Cider Vinegar Complex to bolster its already impressive benefits.
Turmeric is commonly used as a natural digestive aid and to help fight inflammation. Some studies even suggest that it can help diversify the gut’s microbiome. In addition to the power of turmeric, our Turmeric Curcumin Complex also includes ginger. Ginger has long been used to help settle the stomach and improve digestion. Pairing the two together makes this supplement a gut health powerhouse.
Supplements that may have an indirect impact on gut health
Some supplements may indirectly impact gut health due to their potential mental health benefits and the link between the gut and the brain.
Ashwagandha is what’s known as an adaptogen. Anything classed as an adaptogen is thought to help the body manage stress and its response to stressors. They are also believed to help with stress recovery. Many people take ashwagandha to help promote feelings of calm. If ashwagandha has a positive effect on mental health, this may end up translating to an improvement in gut health as well. Additionally, our KSM-66 Organic Ashwagandha Complex is bolstered by the addition of turmeric, which can also positively impact the gut (as mentioned above).
5HTP is short for 5-Hydroxytryptophan, and is a natural precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has a massive impact on mood and happiness. In fact, one of the most common types of antidepressant (SSRIs/Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are designed to help increase serotonin. L-Tryptophan, which is also included in our 5HTP supplement, is another precursor to serotonin and helps bolster the effects of 5HTP. Our Advanced 5HTP product also includes chamomile and lemon balm, which are commonly used as natural ways to relieve stress and promote feelings of calm. As most of the body’s serotonin actually comes from the gut and helps with bowel function, this product may have positive effects on both gut health and mental health.
Triple Magnesium Complex
Magnesium is an important mineral for overall health and wellness. Research has now begun to show the connection between magnesium and mental health, suggesting that it could have a positive impact. Due to this, the potential improvements to mental health suggest that it could also improve gut health simultaneously. Our Triple Magnesium Complex combines multiple sources of magnesium in an effort to improve its effectiveness and prevent potential side effects.
Key points to remember
- Gut health may impact the health of other organs like the heart and brain.
- Having a healthy and diverse microbiome is crucial for overall wellness.
- Research has established a link between gut health and mental health, meaning improvements in one of these areas may positively impact the other as well.
- Many supplements have the potential to help improve gut health, with some even working to diversify the gut microbiome.