3 Supplements That Might Make Your Gut Feel Worse
Hi everybody! Today, we're going to be talking about three supplements that can actually make your gut feel worse. And some of them might even have marketing saying that they're good for gut health and they might be in certain ways, but they also might make your gut feel worse. I'm going to explain all that.
I'm Ashley Oswald, the owner of Oswald Digestive Clinic, where we help people improve and eliminate bothersome gut issues like gas, bloat, diarrhea, constipation, and more. So if you or somebody you know has been thinking about working with our clinic, you can schedule an appointment with us.
3 Supplements That Might Make Your Gut Feel Worse
A. Supplements with fermentable carbs
So the number one supplement I want to talk about is anything with fermentable carbs and why these are the ones that are likely going to be marketed as "good" for gut health is because yeah, fermentable carbs can be good for gut health, but if you have an imbalance and you're struggling with gut issues already like gas, bloat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and more, they could make those symptoms worse and just make you miserable.
These ingredients are things like chicory root, inulin, FOS, GOS. And if the package says anything about prebiotic fibers, that would be a good thing to pay attention to saying, Ooh, this might trigger for me. And it's really about the quantity. So it varies, and everybody's different. That's where the art of it comes in.
So you might be able to tolerate a very small amount, but then you think about things like, remember those fiber one bars on the market they're still on the market. I don't know if they changed the amount of chicory root fiber in them, but remember at least when they came out, people were getting such gut issues from them.
Even people who do not usually have gut issues. And it's because it had a high amount of that chicory root fiber, which is inulin, and it was triggering likely an over fermentation like that causing bloat and pain.
So on the other hand, if you try these supplements and you do get gut issues from them, that would also be a sign to think about what the root cause of your gut issues might be and work with a functional medicine provider, our clinic, can help you get the bottom of what might be causing your kind of daily gas, bloat, pain in the first place. So that maybe down the road, you can tolerate supplements like this or foods that have some of this added, I'm noticing more and more bars and things that have prebiotics added.
B. Protein Powders and Protein Bars with Lactose or Artificial Sweeteners
The number two supplement that could make your gut feel worse are protein powders and protein bars that have lactose in them or artificial sweeteners like sorbitol. So you might know that lactose is one of the most common food tolerances. And if you're having a bar or a protein drink with it in it, of course, you might get that upset digestion, or it might trigger some diarrhea.
I'm actually going to be excited to announce soon that we're working with a company that's developing a really clean gut-friendly protein powder. For those that want or need something like that to supplement. So I can't announce it yet it's not on the market yet, but I'll be sure to share that when that's ready to go, with them.
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C. Wrong quantities of supplements intake
The number three supplement we're going to talk about today is the wrong quantities of supplements that you might actually tolerate if they were in more different quantities. So for example, magnesium citrate can be really great for constipation. And it's estimated about 70% of people have low magnesium stores.
Citrate is more the one that we want to use for constipation, glycinate is better for absorption for low cellular stores. However, I digress, if you're taking like 800 milligrams of magnesium citrate, it can make your gut worse, but if you're taking maybe 200, just some more gentle effects, you're probably going to be fine.
The other one that we often think of is MCT oil and that's been really popular lately, but if you're just starting it and going really wild with using a lot, you're going to probably notice some GI issues from it. But if you start really slow and taper up to a reasonable amount, like a, a few tablespoons, I would say at most, you're probably going to have no issues and there are many other supplements like this as well.
So I thought this would be great for number three, to wrap it all up to really hone into the fact that quantity usually matters more than anything with some of these ingredients that are going to cause gut issues and personalization because every single person is going to be a bit different with how much they're going to tolerate versus not tolerate.
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