Must-Have Vitamins for Better DigestionDirect Health Shop Admin
Here’s something that should be easy to digest: Some vitamins and supplements can help you feel energized, regular, and ready for anything. We did some research on vitamins for better digestion. We won’t waste any time without saying healthy habits — like a good diet and exercise — are the most important things you can do to feel your best. However, this doesn’t mean that you can find a boost with vitamins.
We talk a lot about B vitamins here at Direct Health Shop — but that’s because we can’t assert their importance enough. B vitamins are at the top of several lists of vitamins for better digestion and gut health. You can find them in a supplement or naturally in your diet by incorporating fatty fish, leafy greens, and meat.
There’s nothing like stepping out into the sunshine after some time away. In fact, there’s a good reason why this feels so good. Vitamin D is crucial to many bodily processes including your mood. Of course, too much vitamin D from the sun can be a bad thing, especially if you go without sunblock.
If you don’t have time to get out every day for a few minutes or your climate is currently cloudy, don’t worry. You can get vitamin D naturally in your diet from egg yolks, fatty fish (even canned tuna), and mushrooms. Or, you can check out vegan vitamin D supplements if your doctor recommends them.
Vitamin C is another vitamin we can’t seem to write enough about. Lucky for you, it’s great for digestion, skin health, energy, immunity, and so much more. Plus, it’s one of the easiest vitamins to get enough of. Find it in fresh fruits and vegetables like strawberries, kiwi, guava, kale, and broccoli. You can also find it in peppers.
Non-vitamin options (but we’re including them anyway)
If you read our post linked at the beginning of this article about dietary supplements, you know that they differ from vitamins. In short, supplements are things you add to your diet, routine, whatever. Vitamins can be found naturally or are even produced by your body.
Nonetheless, we couldn’t wrap up this post without talking a bit about a few other supplements that are great for digestion and digestive issues.
- Chamomile: This calming tea can also help soothe your stomach.
- Ginger: Although some may consider it spicy, ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent.
- Multivitamin: Consider upgrading your multivitamin to include whole food ingredients (or make sure it has enough of the other vitamins we discussed).
- Peppermint oil: This refreshing oil can help soothe symptoms of IBS or stomach upset. Enjoy it in teas or in naturally flavored mints.
- Probiotics: We talk more about the benefits of probiotics in our post about “What to Know About Taking Probiotics.”
- Psyllium fiber: Unfortunately, many people do not get enough fiber in their diet due to a high volume of processed foods. As a rule of thumb, look for a few, natural ingredients in your grocery staples when shopping.
Always consult your doctor if you have any ongoing digestive issues, and try to relax! Stress can contribute to digestive upset more than you think. (Here’s your permission to reach for that comfort food every once in a while, too, as long as you get back on track with a healthy balanced diet right after).