Our digestive system is made up of a complex combination of parts, meaning that a variety of different areas within a person’s digestive functions can be affected by aches, unpleasant reactions to food and drink, or issues which cause problems surrounding bowel function.
The upside is that the ubiquity of these ailments means there are readily available tablets and supplements which can help reduce common digestive health problems like acid reflux, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and flatulence. Here are some of the most effective and trusted tablets and supplements for supporting digestive health – helping treat any current digestive issues, and avoiding potential future ones.
Probiotics (Overall Digestive Health Benefits)
Whilst people generally think of bacteria as a negative thing, probiotics are a ‘friendly’ bacteria which help to balance the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria within your body, to help keep your body functioning as it should. Whilst the body is capable of producing probiotics by itself, in many cases our lifestyles or unfortunate health issues can unsettle this balance.
Because of this, probiotics have become increasingly popular as a supplement designed to combat this imbalance. When a bacterial imbalance occurs, it can cause Candida, diarrhoea, urinary tract infections and other issues which impact on how your digestive system functions. Whilst probiotics is the overall name for this supplement, there are many different types which offer incredible nutritional benefits, and are available in various versions tailored to particular age groups.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most popular and trusted supplements for digestive health, our fantastic and invigorating apple cider is available in both liquid and tablet form. So, what are the benefits? Firstly, it helps stimulate the digestive juices in your body, helping you to break down nutrients more effectively. It also includes fat-burning acetic acid, which helps reduce hunger and excessive eating. The benefits of apple cider vinegar also mean that you assimilate more of the goodness within your food.
Charcoal Tablets (Flatulence)
Charcoal tablets help in absorbing flatulent gas, by taking in the digestive system’s toxins and impurities as it goes. This ensures that less of the gas escapes your body as flatulence, and that any gas which does escape has its usually unpleasant smell minimised.
Lactase (Lactose Intolerance)
Whilst maintaining a streamlined dairy-free diet is one way to help combat lactose intolerance, you can try tablets if you prefer. Lactase tablets help this incurable (but manageable) dietary condition, by combatting any ill-effects suffered by consuming any dairy products.
It means that if you have this intolerance, and purposefully (or accidentally!) have dairy, it’s far from a major issue.
You probably already know that fibre is an essential part of any diet and naturally helps to prevent constipation, whilst posing many other digestive health benefits. However, not all foods containing fibre can help to prevent the effects of constipation and there are two different types of fibre that you should be aware of; soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fibre – found in fruit, vegetables, oats and linseed - can be digested by the body, which can help to soften your stools and make them easier to pass through the absorption of water. Insoluble fibre, however, cannot be digested but does help other foods to pass through your digestive system.
When a period of constipation is upon you, it should indicate that you are not containing enough fibre in your diet. As such, most people in the UK and Ireland usually consume around 14g of fibre per day, although the recommended amount should be about 30g for an adult. The best course of action for constipation is to increase the amount of fibre that you are consuming on a daily basis.
If your stool continues to be hard, even after making conscious efforts to increasing your fibre intake, then there are a number of high fibre supplements that can help to make your stool easier to pass. It is recommended to look for supplements containing a balanced mix of both soluble and insoluble fibre, as this will ensure that you are consuming the necessary amounts to aid your digestive health. However, it is important to note that when increasing the amount of fibre you consume through food or supplements, you will need to increase your water intake to ensure that the stool does not become too hard.
Ginger (Stomach Aches)
Okay, we know ginger isn’t technically a tablet or medicine, but numerous studies have shown that it’s an extremely effective way to help prevent and cure stomach aches, and is easy to make part of your diet. We recommend starting with 1 gram per day of fresh root ginger (though you can build it up to 3gm maximum over time) – available from any good supermarket – or using ginger in a glass of hot water, for a fragrant cup of hot tea!
Whilst the digestive system can and often does cause individuals regular issues, many of the problems which can arise – from heartburn to constipation – can be soothed or even stopped by following our tips on which digestive health tablets and medicines to take. But this isn’t our only area of expertise. Evergreen are renowned for our insight and experience in advising you, and our guarantee of stocking the medicines you need at a price that you’ll love.
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