When it comes to digestive health, humans are just like cars (hear us out on this one!). Consider this... If you load your car with high-performance fuel, you’d probably get more mileage, better performance and less exhaust fumes. And if you use the wrong type of fuel, say diesel, your car would almost certainly breakdown, after deteriorating over time and emitting some pretty smelly fumes! The same can be said about what we put in our bodies and how that affects our digestive health.
When you eat, the gastrointestinal tract converts food into nutrients and energy. The gastrointestinal tract is composed of organs that stretch from the mouth all the way down to the anus (1). A host of bacteria lives along the tract. They are also referred to as your gut flora or microbiome. They can help in breaking down the food into nutrients, which we need to fuel our body to perform well.
It’s important to keep the gut healthy so it can keep doing its job. As a general rule, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, incorporate fibre into your diet, and limit your sugar intake (1). These dietary changes can help maintain the good balance of bacteria in your gut, which in turn helps to aid digestion.
Custom vitamins to support digestion
If you want to further support your digestive function, you can consider taking customised vitamins tailored to your specific health needs alongside a balanced and healthy diet. Here are our top options:
Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in all cellular functions, including digestive health. Many foods contain this important trace mineral. Oysters are an excellent source of zinc. It’s also found in red meat, poultry, seafood, and fortified cereals (2).
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council (3), adult men are recommended to get 14 mg of zinc a day, while adult women should consume 8mg/day.
Why you may not get enough zinc
Certain populations may not be able to meet the recommended daily intake, especially those with pre-existing conditions or plant-based diets.
Digestive disorders tend to decrease the amount of zinc absorbed by the body and increase the amount released through urine (2). Vegetarians may also be susceptible to zinc deficiency since they do not include meat in their diet. Also, the compounds in plant-based alternatives may prevent zinc from being fully absorbed by the body (2).
Studies suggest that there may be a link between zinc deficiency and inflammation in the gastrointestinal system. When any part of the gut becomes inflamed, a person may experience abdominal pain and cramping, which may be accompanied by diarrhea and reduced appetite.
Zinc supplements have been shown to be effective against diarrhoea, a common symptom of gastrointestinal disease (2). In a study, oral zinc supplements were found to reduce the symptoms and duration of diarrhoea among malnourished or zinc-deficient children (2).
If you’re one of these at-risk groups, you may want to consider including custom vitamins alongside a gut-friendly diet.
At Vitable, our Zinc supplement is coupled with copper for optimal mineral balance. Our single-dose formula helps prevent dietary deficiency of zinc and keeps your digestive system in good shape.
Your gut is home to both good and bad bacteria residing in the stomach and intestines. Good bacteria are microorganisms that support digestion and ward off toxins, while bad bacteria are largely associated with disease. Too much bad bacteria in the gut can upset the balance in the digestive system and may cause complications like diarrhoea.
Probiotics are beneficial, living microorganisms that help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the stomach. You can introduce probiotics into your diet to multiply the good bacteria in your gut. Probiotics combine multiple strains for maximum effectiveness.
There are several microorganisms that are considered beneficial in maintaining overall digestive health. These include 50 species of Lactobacillus, 30 species of Bifidobacterium, and yeasts such as Saccharomyces spp (4). These three strains can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, improve gastrointestinal barrier function, and ease digestive symptoms.
Probiotics are usually found in fermented foods, like yoghurt, miso, and kefir. But you can also take probiotics in supplement form. Vitable’s Probiotic SB is a premium blend of three strains of gut-friendly bacteria. Our supplement is designed to manage symptoms of digestive disorders like traveller’s diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome, maintain healthy colon function, and support digestive health and function.
Several things can throw the digestive system off balance, including stress. For some people, the gut is among the first to react to signs of mental distress, lending credibility to what doctors call the brain-gut connection.
To reduce the impact of these daily stressors on the digestive system, you may want to understand probiotics. Probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut flora.
If you’re looking at custom vitamins for gut health, consider Vitable’s Daily Probiotics supplement, which restores good gut bacteria. Our supplement is specially formulated to relieve uncomfortable digestive symptoms like flatulence and bloating, support healthy digestion, and maintain gastrointestinal health.
Curcumin is the main active component of turmeric with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its yellow colour. While you may think of turmeric as a cooking spice, the plant is widely used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
Studies show that curcumin has powerful inflammatory properties. Curcumin prevents or blocks the inflammatory process by inhibiting various molecular pathways (5), acting as a “master switch” of sorts.
Curcumin also increases mucin secretion, which guards the gut against irritants. Given its protective benefits that work across organs, you may want to consider curcumin in your custom vitamins pack. Vitable’s curcumin supplement is blended with black pepper to enhance absorption by the body. It keeps the digestive system working and contributes to healthy liver functioning.
Putting custom vitamins together
Maintaining good gut health is necessary for overall well-being. While you make healthier eating choices, you can further support your gut health by enjoying a custom vitamins subscription pack.
Vitable offers a customised subscription pack where you can create your own vitamin plan based on your needs and health goals and have your vitamins portioned into plastic-free daily sachets. We even take care of vitamin delivery in Australia!
Learn more about the other health benefits of these supplements here:
*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.
- Cleveland Clinic. Digestive System. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/7041-the-structure-and-function-of-the-digestive-system Accessed September 26, 2021
- National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Zinc. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/ Accessed September 26, 2021
- National Health and Medical Research Council. Zinc Nutrient Reference Values. https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/zinc Accessed September 26, 2021
- Dairy Food Safety. Probiotics. https://www.dairysafe.vic.gov.au/licensees/dairy-science-business/probiotics Accessed September 26, 2021
- National Institutes of Health. (2018). Role of Curcumin in Disease Prevention and Treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5852989/ Accessed September 26, 2021