Supplements I Use for A Happy Belly

by Brittany on December 19, 2013

Around the holidays, we do lots of traveling.  

That means lots of eating out, eating foods I normally wouldn’t, and throwing my body for a loop.  I do much better with a stable and steady schedule.  Otherwise, my digestion and body gets all out of whack.

I think this is why my body has been craving smoothies with good quality and stomach healing ingredients!

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Although tummy trouble can be quite annoying, I have learned a few tricks of the trade to help my stomach out.

I don’t like to take too many supplements, but sometimes they are needed!

Supplements I use to heal and help my stomach and digestion:

A good quality probiotic.  

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I get mine from a local pharmacy here in Louisville.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

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I use apple cider vinegar before each meal to help with digestion.  It has worked wonders!

Aloe Vera Juice

I mix this with my ACV before meals.  This is like a bandaid for the belly and soothes your stomach.

Digestive Enzymes

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This helps your body to break down your food so that you can absorb all the nutrients.


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This is a delicious shake that I take to help heal my stomach.  It has awesome stuff in it that reduces inflammation and helps heal leaky gut.  I love it!


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Great for the belly, but also just plain good!  :)

While things are crazy over the holidays, I try to supplement and keep my tummy happy.  I eat the best I can, and then not worry about it.

I know after the holidays are over, things will go back to normal.

Does your stomach get wonky around the holidays?

What do you do to help digestion and your stomach?

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Linz @ Itz Linz December 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

i love making apple cider vinegar drinks!! i’ve never tried that aloe stuff though – i’ve seen it in stores though!


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

the aloe is really soothing!


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

I’m all for healthy, good supplements. I take a daily probiotic and use aloe vera juice for when my stomach is upset. I haven’t tried ACV though I’ve heard lots of good things!


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat December 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

These are some great tips! I’ve had stomach issues all my life and yes, around the holidays they get worse. I’ve tried aloe vera juice and that works really well. I’ve got to test out the apple cider vinegar though and I need to start taking my probiotics again. Thanks for the info!


Amanda @runtothefinish December 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

totally agree!! I use my digestive enzymes religiously now and swear it’s made a difference. I try to add ACV to my smoothie and glutamine as well. Fermented foods…yup you got it!


Paige @ Your Trainer Paige December 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

I had to start taking digestive enzymes, too. I’ve heard InflammaCore does wonders!
Curious: did you work with a doctor on all if theses supps? Or do your own research?


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

A bit of both actually. However, I always run it by my doctor before I start something new. Unless it is trying ACV or something that isn’t really a “supplement”! I swear by that InflammaCore!


Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life December 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

Interesting post! I could definitely use some advice on belly love! :) when you take the supplements, do you mix them with anything or take them straight? How much do you tend to take, a tbsp or 2?


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

Oh girl!! email me. I have a ton of tricks up my sleeve for belly love. I take 1tsp of ACV and 1 tsp of aloe before each meal.


Kim December 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

The only thing I’ve tried is Probiotics – I just started using them this past summer and I noticed a huge improvement right off the bat. Maybe I should look into some of the other things you mentioned!


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

If you have digestive or tummy trouble, I highly recommend any of these!


Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans December 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

Great ideas – some I love and use and some I will definitely have to try! Kombucha, probiotics, and ACV are definitely my staples. And trying to keep calm!


Harsha @ Healthy Cooking 'N' Fitness December 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

I get stomach problems when i am totally stuffed or during holidays too. I just take it easy and take natural supplements such as tymol seeds. Its pretty good for indigestion. I roast them and make a powder and take about 1tbsp with water.


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

I’ve never tried tymol seeds!! I need to look into those!


Danica @ It's Progression December 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

My stomach definitely gets a little out of whack when we travel for the holidays, which starts tomorrow for us (through Christmas Day). It’s a little hard to eat “normally” when we’re gone, but I do the best I can and try to enjoy it as much as possible. I remind myself that it’s just for a few days out of the year and that, as long as my stomach cooperates while we’re gone, it’s easy to get back to my usual way of eating as soon as we’re back home!


Heidi @ Idlehide December 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

My stomach doesn’t really act up, but I start to feel gross after a few days of not eating my regular diet. I find lots of water helps me to feel normal again. Probiotics are a great idea, I should steal some of Kenny’s :)


lindsay December 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

well you know i agree with ALL and use ALL! <3 love this and love YOU for taking care of your health


Matt @ Runner Savvy December 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Kombucha and digestive enzymes for me! Yogurt helps too.


Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Oh boy can I ever relate to dealing with a wonky stomach. It gets especially bad around the holidays, and not only because of the food, but the added stress as well! A few things that work for me are probiotics, kombucha, digestive enzymes, ginger, and fennel tea. I’ve tried the ACV, but that only made my problems worse :(


Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate December 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

This was a great post, especially during the holidays when stress can makes digestion go all out of whack! I take a lot of these as well, but have been meaning to give aloe vera a try.


GiGi Eats Celebrities December 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

My stomach is WONKY all the time, ha! My GO-TOs are certainly digestive enzymes and probiotics! They truly have saved my life, with out them, I would be able to fuel 100,000 cars….. If you catch my… “scent”? AH HA HA HA!!


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

bahahaha! My tummy is wonky like that too a lot. :/


Jess December 20, 2013 at 5:35 am

I love aloe juice! So refreshing! I’ve never tried or seen kombucha here but im so curious!


Purelytwins December 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

love these all! all of them we have done and a few we still do. a good probiotic is a must, and digestive and HCL for us. and lately-l-glutamine is really helping


Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl December 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

I started drinking ACV after listening to Laura do it (peer pressure – haha. j/k). It’s been great as a topical for skin irritations, too.

I have a sensitive stomach and GERD. Found out what I thought to be ‘I am hungry this morning’ was actually acid reflux. Sux. Still working to find resolve to that one. But as for the stomach, eating small meals, lots of greens/salads and running does wonders to keep my stomach happy. Could probably include eating low amounts of red meat, too. My stomach just bloats with that.

Great post, Brittany. Thank you for the info.


Brittany December 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

You sound so much like me!!! In the mornings if you are having acid reflux aloe juice is great! Also, if you prop the head of your bed up a wee bit so you aren’t laying flat down at night that works wonders! email me anytime!


Arman @ thebigmansworld December 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

This was so useful- Thanks Brittany! I used to take ACV before each meal too (straight lol) until I burnt my throat. Need to reintroduce it! I definitely hear you on the inconsistent schedule causing havoc- several meals out and the next morning feels like hangovers- not the good kind!


Brittany January 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

It burned my throat too… that’s why I mix it with aloe or a bit of water and take it like a shot. lol.. you can also add stevia. :)


calee @ life + running January 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Kombucha has been no bueno for me lately. Checking out inflammacore. I use Nutriplenish GI for digestive enzymes (from the natural creations company).

Thanks for all these ideas!


calee @ life + running January 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

OK so inflammacore is brown rice. I wonder if it would be OK though? I wonder if they’d send me a sample … Also, I use intestinew in case you’re interested.


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