What are the best supplements for indigestion?

Indigestion is a term that’s used to describe a feeling of fullness or discomfort in your belly during or after a meal. Besides fullness during or after meals, you may have other symptoms such as :

  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Stomach pain
  • Acidic taste in your mouth
  • Burning in the stomach or upper belly
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Indigestion is often accompanied by heartburn which occurs when stomach acids rise up into your esophagus.

Medicine is often the first choice for treating indigestion and heartburn, specifically proton-pump inhibitors, but long term medicine use can result in unwanted side effects such as decreased absorption of vitamins and minerals, like calcium, which then contributes to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures. Additionally, long term use of these types of medicines can increase the risks of heart attack or stroke in some individuals.

A better solution for indigestion may come in the form of natural supplements. There are a variety of supplements that may help to reduce indigestion or heartburn -- enzymes, probiotics, herbs, and minerals. Some health experts believe that the best supplements for indigestion are probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Finding the cause

Indigestion is not a medical condition on it’s own, but rather an indication of an underlying problem. The cause of indigestion could be gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, ulcers, or gallbladder disease.

GERD or acid reflux is often associated with poor digestive function and an imbalance between the beneficial and the harmful bacteria or yeast overgrowth in you gut. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to your digestive system.

Probiotics work in two ways. Not only do they restore the balance between the beneficial and the harmful bacteria in your gut, but, by promoting the growth of “good bacteria” which produce digestive enzymes, they can improve your digestive health so that you’ll feel better after meals.

Digestive enzymes target the digestion of specific foods. For example, lactase is the enzyme that breaks down milk products while an alpha-galactosidase supplement may help to reduce gas and bloating if you have trouble digesting the sugars in beans.

Get to the guts of the problem

Taken together, digestive enzymes and natural supplements such as probiotics are some of the best supplements for stomach health. In fact, many people take both digestive enzymes and probiotics together to optimize gut health.

Active Digestive Enzymes and ThreeLac Probiotic, offered by Global Health Trax, can work to improve gut health which may help to relieve the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn while helping your digestive system to absorb more nutrients from the food that you’re eating.

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