Gut Healing vs Bloating Support, what’s the difference?01.30.2024
Gut healing supplements are typically designed to support and promote the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including the stomach and intestines. These formulas aim to enhance the integrity of the gut lining, promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria, and support overall digestive function. By focusing on healing the gut, they aim to address underlying issues that may contribute to digestive problems, such as inflammation, imbalances in gut microbiota, or damage to the intestinal lining.
Compared to bloating support, these products are often formulated to alleviate symptoms of bloating, which can be a common digestive issue. Bloating support products are more symptom-focused, aiming to provide relief from immediate discomfort rather than addressing the underlying causes of digestive issues.
The Importance of Healing the Gut
Addressing Root Causes: Healing the gut focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of digestive problems, such as inflammation, imbalances in gut flora, or a compromised gut lining. Treating symptoms alone may provide temporary relief but may not address the underlying issues that cause such symptoms. Root causes can be many and varied, from undiagnosed food intolerances and a poor diet to chronic stress, infections and medications. We recommend consulting with a qualified healthcare professional when it comes to uncovering specific root causes that could be impacting your gut health.
Total Body Wellness: Our gut is not only responsible for proper digestion, a healthy gut is vital for overall health and wellbeing – as the saying goes, “all disease begins in the gut”. From a strong immune system, to clear, healthy skin, a happy mood, a healthy brain, heart and good sleep, a happy gut means a happy body and mind. By promoting ongoing gut health, individuals may experience long-term improvements not only in digestive function but immune system function, skin health, energy levels and mental wellbeing – just to name a few.
Prevention: Gut healing can contribute to preventing the recurrence of digestive issues, reducing the likelihood of symptoms like bloating, gas and discomfort. Supporting a healthy gut is also the best defence against other potential ailments within the body like poor skin health and low mood, and in extreme cases, even the onset of autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus and type 1 diabetes.
Symptoms of a compromised gut include:
- Autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, lupus and type 1 diabetes
- Bad breath
- Chronic inflammation
- Energy and fatigue
- Food intolerances
- Gas and flatulence
- Loose stools
- Moodiness, depression and anxiety
- Skin issues like eczema and acne
- Sugar cravings
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Unintentional weight changes
Healing your gut with Happy Gut
Happy Gut is specifically formulated with nourishing and soothing ingredients that support overall gut health and digestion. It is designed to maintain gut lining integrity, reduce bloating, ensure digestive comfort, and promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria for optimal gut health.
One of the key components in our Happy Gut formulation, L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is an important energy source for intestinal and immune cells. L-Glutamine nourishes and supports gut lining integrity by reducing permeability, and inflammatory responses, and maintaining mucosal structure. It also improves constipation, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal discomfort and daily bowel movement frequency, so you can get a better score on the Bristol Stool chart.
Prebiotic Apple Fibre and Chia Seeds are also key ingredients in Happy Gut. Apple fibre is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibre that helps bulk stools and allows for regular and comfortable bowel motions. Pectin makes up most of the insoluble fibre found in apple and has important prebiotic benefits. Pectin can increase butyrate (a short-chain fatty acid), which feeds good gut bacteria and promotes a healthy and balanced gut microbiome, in turn allowing for a healthy gastrointestinal tract. It also works to reduce inflammation and improve and relieve symptoms of IBS. Similarly, chia seeds are also rich in fibre, both insoluble and soluble, which can help bulk stools and support bowel regularity. They also promote the growth and beneficial gut bacteria, supporting a healthy and balanced microbiome.
When formulating Happy Gut, it was important to us to ensure included only organic or wildcrafted ingredients. This is extremely important to look for in a gut health product when trying to heal a compromised gut. Conventionally cultivated produce often carries residues of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, which have been shown to disrupt the delicate balance of the gut microbiome. These chemical residues have been associated with negative impacts on microbial diversity and function, as well as inflammation and damage to the intestinal lining (which is only one cell thick), causing a permeable or “leaky” gut. With Happy Gut, you can be confident that the functional benefits of its ingredients are optimised, without further compromising your gut health.
If you look at the ingredient list for Happy Gut, you will notice there are no added sweeteners, emulsifiers or additives other than a small amount of natural apple flavour to help balance the earthy flavours of the herbs. Many ingredients that are added to supplements, especially powders, can also be detrimental to the health of our gut, disrupting our gut microbiome and leading to inflammation. Some of such ingredients you want to avoid when choosing a gut health product include maltodextrin, artificial flavours, gums such as guar gum and xantham gum, and acidity regulators such as citric acid, stevia and colours. By avoiding these ingredients, you will ensure that you are providing your gut with optimal support while limiting any further disruption or damage to the health of your gut.