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Probiotics are useful bacteria present in the gut and contribute to good digestion. There are supplements available that help in treating gastrointestinal problems and general digestive health. They also provide relief from diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Adding them to yogurt or milk is effective.
Peppermint oil helps in reducing bloating and pain that arises with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint oil supplements are available with enteric coating. When taken, they pass through the small and large intestines without getting dissolved in the stomach and the oil is released in the intestine.
Chamomile is a widely used digestive health supplement. It is effective in treating digestive disorders like nausea, colic, upset stomach as well as insomnia and anxiety. It is always advisable to seek your doctor’s suggestion before taking this supplement as most of the people develop allergic reaction to it.
Psyllium is used as an ingredient in laxatives. It has the ability to absorb water in the intestines due to its high fiber content. This enables easy and bulky passage of stool. This helps in avoiding constipation or dehydration. People allergic to grass pollens should avoid this supplement.
Ginger is used in Asian medicines for treating stomach pains. It is also used in the West for treating vomiting and nausea during pregnancy. It is available both in tablet and capsule forms, or even as fresh cut roots. It is very safe when taken in small doses of 1 – 3 grams a day.
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