Maintaining digestive health is essential to overall wellness. Find out more about how to support your digestive function.*
Vitamins for Digestive and Gut Health
Whether you’re someone who doesn’t skip a beat when you’re taking your daily vitamin or you’re hoping to learn more about the benefits of vitamins for your body, there’s plenty to discover about the importance of vitamins for digestive and gut health.
Our digestive system has the important role of helping us process the food and nutrients we feed our bodies every day, but it also plays key roles in immune function. Digestion and immune function are complex integrated processes. They work together to provide effective absorption of nutrients, but also to excrete toxins and defend against environmental damage.i
We’ll unpack several of the key vitamins and micronutrients found in Centrum products that can help support a happy and healthy gut, as well as food suggestions to incorporate into your daily diet.
Your Digestive and Gut Health
Foods for Healthy Digestion
Whole grains are packed with fiber. When gut bacteria ferment fiber, they produce short-chain fatty acids, which encourage proper function in the cells lining the colon.ii
The fiber in leafy greens can help your body develop an ideal gut microbiome.iii
If you’re prone to gas and bloating, fruit sugar could be the culprit. Fruits like apples, pears, and mangos are all high in fructose. Bananas, blueberries, and citrus fruits contain less fructose and are less likely to cause gas.iv
Not only are avocados creamy and delicious, they are a good source of fiber which helps to promote a healthy digestion system.
Foods like yogurt or tempeh include active, live bacteria. When you eat these foods, they add good bacteria to the gut microbiome.vii
Your Digestive Health Regimen
Digestive system problems like occasional heartburn, gas, bloating, and constipation are something we all experience every now and then. Certain lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your digestive health. Learn about the changes you can make in your daily life to keep your gut happy.
Drink more water
Make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is essential for good health and aids in digestion.
Exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy body weight to support a healthy digestive system.ix
Stress can negatively affect your health, contribute to unhealthy eating, and may be a connected to heartburn.x
Key Vitamins & Minerals for Digestion
In the stomach, Vitamin B12 combines with intrinsic factor, a protein made by the stomach and is absorbed by the body. In return, your body is able to reap the benefits of vitamin B12.*
Biotin, another B vitamin, helps turn the carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the foods you eat into the energy your body needs. *
As adults age, protecting the heart becomes a greater priority. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.* Research also shows that vitamin B6 and folate may also be beneficial to cardiovascular health.*
Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense. Antioxidants, such as vitamins C, E, and zinc are significant nutrients for maintaining a healthy immune system.*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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ii. 5 Foods to Improve Your Digestion. John Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-foods-to-improve-your-digestion/.
vii. The Best Diet to Support Gut Health – And Why it Matters. ISSA Online. https://www.issaonline.edu/blog/index.cfm/2019/the-best-diet-to-support-gut-health-and-why-it-matters/.
viii. Your Digestive System: 5 Ways to Support Gut Health. John Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/your-digestive-system-5-ways-to-support-gut-health/.
xi. Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/.
xii. Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/.
xiii. Biotin Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Biotin-Consumer/.
xiv. Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Consumers. National Institutes of Health. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/.