Arbonne Gut Health: Digestion & Microbiome Support (formerly Arbonne Digestion Plus) is one of those parts of your routine that you absolutely grow to love – it helps you get your day off to a fantastic start! It is an essential component to Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living Program.
Arbonne Gut Health is a powder that you stir into a room temperature or cold beverage. What does it do, you ask? It helps regulate and assist your digestive system to break down your food properly and efficiently, without putting a strain on your system.
Here’s what we’ll look at in this article:
- Arbonne Gut Health Probiotics
- Prebiotics in Arbonne Gut Health
- Digestive Enzymes
- How to Take Arbonne Gut Health
- My Arbonne Gut Health Review
Arbonne Gut Health to Help Your Digestive System Do Its Job!
Here’s what Arbonne Gut Health has in it!:
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)root powder; *Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) flower extract, 50 mg; *Ginger (Zingiber officinale)root extract, 50 mg; *Bacillus coagulans, 3 Billion CFU; *Arbonne Enzyme Blend 330 mg: *Fungal Amylase 5,000 DU, Protease 4.5 20,000 HUT, Papain 540,000 PU, Lactase 1,200 ALU, Peptidase 2,500 HUT, Protease 3.0 50 SAPU, Glucoamylase 10 AGU, Alpha Galactosidase 175 GalU, Bacterial Protease 5,000 PC, Protease 6.0 2,500 HUT, Bromelain 140,000 PU, Lipase 210 FCCLU, Invertase 500 SU† (OTHER INGREDIENTS: gum acacia, microcrystalline cellulose, modified tapioca starch)
It’s often hard to understand nutrition labels, so let’s break down these ingredients in depth.
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Arbonne Gut Health Probiotics
Bacillus coagulans is the strain of probiotics in Gut Health. (This has NOT changed since the remarketing of Arbonne Gut Health: Digestion & Microbiome Support.)
Probiotics are good, friendly bacteria that live in your digestive system and help you break down food.
Foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha have naturally occuring probiotics in them, but we often don’t get enough in our modern diets.
That’s where Gut Health comes in.
Bacillus coagulans is a particularly robust strain of bacteria that has many potential benefits, including:
- reducing symptoms of IBS
- reducing diarrhea
- reducing inflammation from Rheumatoid Arthritis
- reducing gas
- boosting the immune system
- reducing and preventing candida and yeast infections
In some studies, Bacillus coagulans reduced constipation (especially in the case of IBS), and others there was not much improvement.
Only One Strain of Bacteria – Good or Bad Thing?
This is something that I’ve educated myself on since becoming an Arbonne consultant. The human gut contains upwards of 500 strains of bacteria! When you shop for probiotics at any health food store, you’ll notice that many are listed as having 12 strains, 24 strains, and so on.
But Arbonne Gut Health only has 1 strain.
So is this a bad thing?
According to the Natren Blog:
“Bacteria are antagonistic by nature, meaning that they don’t play well together and they will compete for survival. In fact… one of the world’s most renowned authorities on probiotics agreed with Natren founder Natasha Trenev’s long held philosophy that placing many strains in one container had no impact. “
Basically, there’s no actual benefit to having more than one strain of bacteria in your probiotics.
But you can look for certain probiotic strains that address certain ailments. To get started, find out more here: How to Choose the Best Probiotic Supplement.
Bacillus coagulans, the strain in Arbonne Gut Health, is an overall probiotic that, as you read above, addresses many concerns.
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Prebiotics in Arbonne Gut Health
Prebiotics are incredibly important in the use of probiotics. Prebiotics are a fibrous, non-digestible part of foods like onions, bananas, and garlic. It can also be found in chicory root, which is where Gut Health gets its source of prebiotics.
These compounds are food for the probiotics. Bacteria need food to live, thrive, and continue to do their main function in our digestive system. Prebiotics “help to increase the number of desirable bacteria in our digestive systems”.
Why It’s Best to Use a Product that Combines Probiotics and Prebiotics
Supplements that blend probiotics and prebiotics are called synbiotics! Synbiotics can be beneficial because they help the probiotics survive the harsh conditions of the digestive tract for longer. Health says:
Some researchers say probiotics can encounter “survival difficulties” while passing through the intestinal tract. In other words, they don’t actually make it all the way to the gut. The idea behind synbiotics is that adding prebiotics to a probiotic supplement can help ensure that the digestion-friendly microorganisms arrive in the gut alive and well.Anthea Levi, Health
Because of this, Arbonne’s Gut Health is designed to help the good bacteria reach the small and large intestines. This is one way that Gut Health works with science to really benefit your body.
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Digestive Enzymes are compounds that your body makes that help you break down food. They are also naturally occurring in foods like pineapple, papaya, honey, and bananas.
But many of us don’t make enough, especially if you’re someone with IBS or gallbladder issues.
There’s a lot of controversy as to whether they are worth it, but at least anecdotally I have noticed when taking digestive enzymes alone (not Arbonne brand) that I do notice a difference.
But they have to be consumed with food in order to work.
How do You Take Arbonne Gut Health for Digestive Benefits?
So now that you know all the amazing ingredients in Arbonne Digestion Plus, let’s talk about how to consume it! Digestion Plus is a powder that you pour into a liquid and drink it.
But first thing first:
If you consume Digestion Plus in a hot beverage, you will kill off all the good bacteria!
So make sure you use it in a beverage that’s room temperature or cold. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- iced detox tea
- an Arbonne Protein shake
- a small glass of water (chug it down!)
- a fruit smoothie
When to take Gut Health
The great thing about Gut Health is that it has so many great ingredients that it is great to take for different reasons or times during the day.
First thing in the morning
Can I take the Arbonne Gut Health on an empty stomach?
Yes! Taking your Gut Health first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can help to calm your digestive system for the day. It repopulates your gut with those beneficial bacteria and prepares your gut to start its job. Don’t forget to wait 30 minutes before eating!
Just be aware that if you take it on an empty stomach means that you’re not using the digestive enzymes (which work to break down food). That’s okay, but if you’re someone who struggles to fully digest your food, you might want the extra help, so choose one of the times below.
Right before a big meal
The digestive enzymes in Gut Health make lunch or dinner-time the perfect time to take one.
Digestive enzymes need to be taken right before a meal to work its most efficiently in helping your body break down macronutrients.
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Right before a meal with hard to digest components
I may not be lactose intolerant, but I definitely feel my system working overtime whenever I eat cheese or put cream into my coffee.
The digestive enzymes, combined with the pre- and probiotics, mean that your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break down those tougher ingredients.
For this reason, I take a Gut Health right before I eat a meal that I know will cause me some digestive distress (junk pizza, anyone?), and it always makes my digestion much more enjoyable! (*The typical results are different for everyone. Results vary depending on individual effort, body composition, age, eating patterns, exercise, and the like.)
Arbonne Gut Health To help with a hangover
Whenever I’ve had a little too much to drink the night before, it’s not just my head that feels terrible – it’s my gut. I can feel it churning and aching, and it makes it that much more difficult to get over that hangover.
Gut Health to the rescue!
Basically, when you consume large amounts of alcohol, it kills off much of the good bacteria in your digestive system and inflames your system. As soon as you take a Gut Health, you’re putting all that good bacteria back into your system and helping calm that inflammation.
Once the inflammation settles, you’re starting to feel much better!
(*The typical results are different for everyone. Results vary depending on individual effort, body composition, age, eating patterns, exercise, and the like.)
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My Arbonne Gut Health Review
I first started taking Arbonne Gut Health in 2019 (back before it became Arbonne Gut Health) when I completed the 30 Days to Healthy Living Program while breastfeeding my second son.
I most commonly used my Digestion Plus as part of my Protein Shake in the mornings. After a week of uncomfortable gas and bloating, it subsided and my digestion seemed to function more smoothly! My skin was looking smoother and more even (which I attribute to the Digestion Plus helping to heal my leaky gut.) I felt more energized because I believe the Arbonne Gut Health was helping my body increase nutrient uptake.
Because I have IBS-C (constipation) and typically find my hormonal imbalance contributes to my IBS, I was hoping that this program would clear my constipation. With the Arbonne 30-Day program, I was getting a lot more fiber, so at first, my constipation seemed to clear up. However, after about 2 weeks, the constipation was back.
I had a sneaky suspicion that it was the Digestion Plus that was making me continue to be constipated, so I stopped taking a full Digestion Plus every day.
I started taking 1/2 of a packet every day, and eventually decreased to a 1/2 packet every other day!
The great news is that I didn’t lose any of the benefits! I still felt more energized, had better skin, and my bloated gut had flattened out!
The Arbonne Gut Health: Digestion & Microbiome Support supplement is fantastic for anyone looking to increase their health, balance their gut flora, or be able to consume foods without digestive upset.
Arbonne has done their research and created a blend that is scientifically formulated for the best and most comprehensive support of your digestive system.
I hope my Arbonne Gut Health review has been beneficial for you. Don’t hesitate to try it and make changes to the frequency or amount that you take!
When your health is important to you, you take it seriously, and it pays you back with good health and success!
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Thursday 2nd of March 2023
On the Gut Health Prebiotic Fiber label, it says can use on and in food. What are some of your best food suggestions to add this product ?
Friday 8th of July 2022
My daughter sent me these powered pkges. I have an ulcer and diverticulosis. I get constipation a lot, it's a family thing. Also my gallbladder gives me trouble at times, not a lot anymore, but Drs could not find a problem. Ive learned to eat small meals during the day. So tonight I will try this before my favorite pizza Friday nite date with my husband. Thanks much!
Tuesday 18th of January 2022
Does gut health break a fast?
Wednesday 19th of January 2022
That's a great question Linda. I would say no, just because it has so few calories (there's only 10 per serving). Generally, having a cup of green tea or black coffee doesn't break a fast. They have about 1-5 calories per serving. Talk to your Arbonne consultant too, they might be able to shed some light on this! Good luck!
Tuesday 11th of May 2021
When would be the best time for a coffee drinker to take gut health?
Monday 17th of May 2021
Hi Linda! As a coffee drinker, you might benefit from drinking it first thing in the morning before your coffee. This will prep your digestive system for the day. But make sure you wait about 20 minutes or so before drinking your coffee (and definitely don't put it IN your coffee), as hot beverages kill off the probiotics.
Wednesday 14th of April 2021
Where may this product be purchased? Thank you, Will
Wednesday 14th of April 2021
Hi Will! If you have an Arbonne consultant, you want to contact them. If not, you can go straight to the home page: arbonne.com :)