Author: Lily Mazzarella
How's Your Tummy?
With things opening up – e.g. shopping, eating out, adventuring, visiting family, etc. – we've noticed the topic of 'digestion’ coming up quite a bit! Understandably! "You mean I don't have to cook every single meal anymore? Heck yeah!" But with our new found freedom comes the possibility of unwanted and uncomfortable digestive symptoms like heartburn, stomach upset, bowel/elimination issues, bloating and gas. We have recommendations that will help you have your cake and eat it too ;)
This highly specialized enzyme assists in the digestion of gluten, dairy, and other common food allergens. While taking this is not a total license to eat foods that don't work for you, it is wonderful to have something when you know you're going to enjoy foods that you don't normally eat. Also great for sensitive folks who are concerned about exposures in restaurants and dinner parties, now that we can attend those again! 🥳
Do you get bloated from veggies, legumes and grains? Have you been diagnosed with IBS or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?) You may want to try this new enzyme when you eat out or consume higher FODMAP foods. FODMATE is an innovative enzyme formula from Microbiome Labs that can help support digestive health, including relief from occasional cramping, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. It's also a great companion and stress reducer for those in treatment for SIBO or IBS.
Staff favorite! This classic blend of Chinese herbs has traditionally been used for food poisoning, bad water exposure, nausea, diarrhea, stomach rumbling, and belching. Aromatic herbs aid digestion and protect against gut misery. Can be taken prophylactically or alongside unfamiliar/suspicious foods. We don't travel without it!
GB Bitters is a specially formulated fat-targeting herbal bitters.
Many bitters enhance gallbladder emptying, which aids fat digestion and supports bowel regularity. GB Bitters is formulated for sluggish gallbladders and indigestion, gas, belching & bloating after rich meals. Bitters are also a traditional remedy for constipation or incomplete elimination. Some users find that bitters reduce sweet cravings, and are a helpful tool in weight loss & cleansing.
Gut Love Bitters blend is appropriate for a range of digestive distress, from hypoactive, low-secretory patterns (food "just sits"), to crampy-gassy-bloated patterns (more irritable digestion). Benefits? Greater digestive comfort, enhanced nutrient absorption, and improved elimination. Can be used before meals or when you experience symptoms, often helping within 20 minutes!
If you have a sensitive stomach lining, or experience symptoms of heartburn or reflux, chewable licorice can help! Licorice contains anti-inflammatory compounds which support the health of the stomach lining and help promote the formation of protective mucous components in the gut. Great if you want to enjoy coffee on your vacation, or know you're going to eat foods that might trigger symptoms. It is "deglycyrrhizinated," which means that the compound in licorice that can raise blood pressure in sensitive individuals has been removed.
Are you sensitive to sugar, or anything in your diet that converts to sugar, like grain or fruit? Do you have recurring yeast issues or lots of bloating after meals? If you suspect you have an imbalance of yeast and other gut flora that is leading to symptoms elsewhere in your body, you might want to try Candibactin-BR. It's formulated to support healthy microbial balance and the removal of unwanted compounds from the body. It's a game-changer for many of our clients! One surprising benefit we frequently get reported about it is increased mental clarity.
If you get headachey, flushed or bloated when you have a glass of wine or other high histamine food, you might want to consider Histamine Block for occasional use. It contains the DAO enzyme, which helps break down food-borne histamines in the gut. This enzyme is a lifesaver for people on low histamine diets, often making travel and eating out possible!