*NOT SPONSORED* When I was a senior in high school I started to have various stomach issues. They made me feel awful, gave me anxiety and effected my relationships and my day to day life. My doctor told me my symptoms were most likely IBS, and unfortunately the prescription medicine they gave me made me feel even worse than before.
After getting to college, where I ate way too much unhealthy food, I started to realize I needed to make a major change in my diet for my stomach troubles to subside. I saw various gastroenterologists and had tons of blood work done, and although I wasn't diagnosed with any particular allergies, I decided to become gluten free. Over the years there have been a lot of things I've added or subtracted from my daily diet, and after meeting with a nutritionist in NYC I had a health breakthrough! The doctor I met with helped me learn that my main culprits are slow digestion and fructose and fiber malabsorption. Since that day I've adopted a couple "digestion essentials" I definitely cannot live without! Here is a breakdown... (starting from the left)
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Unfiltered ACV is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It aids in healthy digestion and it also helps break down food you've already processed. I usually take 2 tablespoons a day, and to get rid of the strong taste I'll mix it into a smoothie or a juice. It has been life changing!
Every probiotic supplement is made up of different "cultures" that mix with an individuals body chemistry in unique ways. After sampling a couple different kinds, I've come to the conclusion that my go-to probiotic is Spring Valley. It definitely takes a little time to figure out which heathy bacterias react with your body in a positive way! I usually take 1 pill at night before I go to sleep, and by the time I wake up in the morning my stomach is feeling less bloated and ready to begin a new day of healthy and easy digestion!
Natural Vitality - Calming Magnesium Tea
This calming tea is one of my favorite supplements that I take on a daily basis! It's fizzy, delicious, and helps me relax and get my stomach pumping. It comes in a variety of flavors and it never fails to make my anxiety seem to disappear. When I get halfway through my nightly mug of tea, my eyes begin to droop and I know I'll sleep great and feel fantastic in the morning!
Flax Seed Oil
Since one of my biggest hurdles is breaking down fiber and fructose, I quickly realized that eating flax seeds whole was too harsh on my stomach. After adding 1-2 tablespoons to my daily smoothies or even to granola, I started to feel so much better! It gives you a decent amount of fiber without the uncomfortable side effects.
I cannot live without these digestion essentials! They may not work for everyone, but they have helped me feel so much better over the years. What is your "go-to" supplement for feeling happy and healthy?