Your digestive system plays a huge role in your overall health, and not just because it helps to break down and digest the food you eat. There’s also a special layer in your digestive tract that comprises over 70 percent of your body’s immune cells.
What does this mean? Well, as an integral part of your digestive system, a healthy gut flora can not only support the health of your gut, but also that of your immune system!
The benefit to balance
Many things can upset the balance of your gut flora though: diet, lifestyle and some medications including antibiotics may result in an unpleasant, unsettled stomach for some individuals.
Probiotics, prebiotics and herbs for your digestive system can all help support the health and happiness of your gut and general wellbeing.
Probiotics are well known for supporting a beneficial balance of your gut microbiota, which may be disrupted during a course of antibiotics and some probiotics are susceptible to destruction by antibiotics. There are specific probiotics such as Saccharomyces boulardii (S. Boulardii) that are not susceptible to destruction by antibiotics and can be taken at the same time, they do not need to be separated by two to three hours, making this a convenient and beneficial support to manage tummy upsets related to antibiotics. S. Boulardii combined with vitamins A, D and zinc may support the first line of defense in your digestive tract and support your gut flora.
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that help feed the good bacteria in your gut. You may already be eating small amounts of prebiotics in your diet from foods such as bananas, artichokes and fermented foods like sauerkraut. But if you’re in need of additional support, slippery elm bark has been traditionally used to support the lining of the stomach and healthy digestive function.
Herbal support for the health and wellbeing of your digestive system is also a fantastic option. Your liver is involved in digestive processes and aids detoxification and elimination. If there is an imbalance of the gut flora, your liver may also need to work harder.
Specific herbal combinations of liver-supporting herbs such as globe artichoke, perilla, turmeric, cinnamon and milk thistle may assist in maintaining healthy digestive system function and provide support to your liver and gallbladder.
- Globe artichoke: used in Western herbal practice to stimulate bile production and support detoxification processes
- Milk thistle: (St Mary’s Thistle) is the premier liver herb in traditional Western herbal practice with a history of use for protection of liver cells, and support of detoxification processes
Thompson’s has a range of products that can help support your gut health, both during or after a course of antibiotics or in general. Speak to your local Health 2000 about the Thompson’s range today!