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5 Best supplements for bloating
Posted 5 years ago by Jo
Are you struggling with symptoms of bloating and not sure what to try next? We have put together a helpful guide of 5 of our pick of the best remedies to help you choose the best one for you.
1) 'One week flat'
If you are suffering and are looking to take a supplement to help relieve symptoms, our number one choice would be OptiBac Probiotics 'One week flat' (formerly known as 'For a flat stomach'). 'One week flat' contains a specially selected combination of probiotic strains that have been shown in scientific research to help support digestive health and reduce symptoms of bloating.
'One week flat' contains a combination of live cultures to help reduce symptoms of bloating
It is recommended that you take 'One week flat' for a course of 7 days, available in sachet form. There is no problem should you wish to take it on a more long term basis, or combine it with additional supplements, or other probiotics from the OptiBac range. Unlike some alternatives, 'One week flat' is free from added sugar and gluten which may in fact contribute to bloating, and we find the powder form of 'One week flat' dissolves easily in water and is enjoyable to take.
You can read more about the benefits of probiotics here.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (AVC) is a type of fermented apple juice and for those particularly keen to use 'food as thy medicine' it can be a really helpful tool for helping to ease symptoms of bloating.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to stimulate digestion and is a helpful tool for reducing bloating
ACV is effective at helping to stimulate the production of our digestive enzymes, which are required to break down and digest our food. This can help to improve our digestion, and reduce bloating and abdominal discomfort.
If at all possible, try to source an organic AVC that has been produced using traditional methods. Ensure you select a brand which includes the 'mother', the source of fermentation, essentially a ball of living bacteria and enzymes. It may look a little strange, like cobwebs floating in the vinegar, but it is key to benefiting your health and digestive system. It is also important that the product you select is unpastuerised as the pasteurisation process kills off health-boosting bacteria and enzymes.
Try taking a tablespoon in a small amount of warm water approximately 20 minutes before meals, adding a teaspoon of raw honey if you struggle with the taste. You can of course also use it in salad dressings.
3) Polyzyme Forte
Digestive enzymes are fundamental to ensuring optimal digestive health. Starting in our mouth, all the way through our stomach and small intestine, they include amylase for carbohydrate digestion, pepsin & trypsin for protein digestion and lipase to help us digest fats. They work hard to help breakdown our food into digestible pieces and help us to absorb nutrients from the food we eat.
If we do not have adequate levels of digestive enzymes, we may struggle to break down our food, leading to fermentation and symptoms of gas, bloating and general abdominal discomfort.
There are a number of factors affecting our production of digestive enzymes, such as stress, medications and the natural ageing process. Therefore sometimes we may benefit from supplementing our diet with digestive enzymes. Biocare Polyzyme Forte is a broad spectrum vegetarian digestive enzyme complex which can be used to supplement a healthy diet to aid digestion and help to reduce bloating.
Polyzyme Forte is a broad spectrum digestive enzyme which may help us to breakdown the food we eat
It is recommended that you take one capsule with each meal, three times a day, for a marked improvement of symptoms.
4) A.D.P Oregano
One of the possible causes of bloating may be due to Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO occurs when levels of pathogenic bacteria have colonised the small intestine (an area which should only hold limited levels of bacteria, the majority of bacteria should reside in the large intestine). This may occur due to low levels of stomach acid, which allow the pathogenic bacteria to colonise.
There are a number of very effective antimicrobial herbs available for use, of which oregano is perhaps the most highly revered. Biotics Research A.D.P Oregano is brilliantly designed supplement combining a number of key antimicrobial nutrients in a well tolerated formula (some oregano oils can be harsh on the digestive system). A.D.P Oregano can be very helpful at killing off pathogenic bacteria, helping to reduce the associated side effects such as bloating.
A.D.P is a combination of anti-microbial nutrients to help reduce overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine
If you suspect you are suffering from SIBO, seek advice from your GP or natural health practitioner who should be able to arrange a Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT) for you in order to determine a diagnosis. The HBT measures levels of gases produced by the unwanted bacteria. If the test for SIBO is positive, your GP may suggest a course of antibiotics but should you wish to follow the more natural route, a good quality antimicrobial supplement (as mentioned above) taken alongside a probiotic such as OptiBac Probiotics For every day EXTRA Strength would be a very good place to start.
5) Betaine HCL
Our bodies require adequate levels of stomach acid in order to help us digest our food (particularly protein) and help absorb nutrients from the food we eat. If we are experiencing low levels of stomach acid due to stress for example, we may suffer from digestive symptoms as a result, such as bloating.
When people suffer from symptoms liker heartburn, indigestion and bloating it may indicate that their levels of stomach acid are low, despite perhaps feeling like the opposite is true. A large number of people take prescription antacid medications, such as Omeprazole, which may in fact be contributing to the problem of too little stomach acid.
If you believe this is a problem you may be experiencing, we recommend taking supplemental Betaine HCL (the type of acid in your stomach), such as this one by Higher Nature.
Betaine HCL can help boost levels of stomach acid to aid digestion and help reduce bloating
If you suspect low stomach acid, there is a simple test you can do at home with Bicarbonate of Soda. Dissolve a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda in half a glass of water. Drink the mixture on an empty stomach and you should experience belching & gas within 5-10 minutes. If you do not experience burping however, it may indicate low levels of stomach acid.
If you wish to take a Betaine HCL supplement, it is advisable to start slowly, for example one capsule before each meal, and build up to tolerance, stopping if you feel any sensation of burning. A Betaine HCL supplement is best avoided if you suffer from any form of ulcer.
The supplements discussed above are available from your local independent health food store or online health retailer. If you would like further advice or information regarding taking supplements for bloating, we would recommend you seek advice from a qualified Nutritional Therapist or Naturopath.
Nature's storecupboard offers us many alternatives for helping to relieve bloating. You can read about more natural remedies for bloating here.
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