Generally, “spring cleaning” applies to a person’s house, but there’s no reason it also can’t apply to your temple. (We’re talking about your body.) One of the easiest ways to spruce things up chez you is to improve your digestive health. The benefits are numerous: If your intestines are working better, you’ll feel better (less bloat, less gas), your health will be better (the intestines play a critical role in immune health) and your physique will improve (you’ll better use the nutrients from the food you eat). These supplements and nutrients can help clean things out, get the most from your food supply, improving results from your workouts.
Digestive Enzymes: These proteins help break down foods throughout your digestive tract, making them easier to absorb. Choose supplements that contain a mix of enzymes, including those that break down protein (proteases, peptidase, pepsin, trypsin, bromelain and papain), carbs (lactase, amylase, glucoamylase, alpha galactosidase, cellulase and invertase) and fats (lipase), as well as pancreatin, which contains a blend of enzymes that work on proteins, carbs and fats.
Fiber: When you consume plenty of fiber, it helps “clean” your intestines so that other nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, are better absorbed. Fiber also reduces the impact that sugars have on insulin levels and can lower cholesterol.
Probiotics: These beneficial bacteria live in your digestive tract, helping break down the foods you consume so that they can be better absorbed. Probiotics can help your body consume milk or other foods that you have trouble digesting and can aid immunity.