Breaking Down Our Gut Health-Supporting Blends: Float Your Bloat vs. Follow Your Gut
Jun 23, 2022
Ready to add herbs into your gut-healing routine but don’t know which of our blends to pick? We’re breaking down how and when to use Follow Your Gut versus Float Your Bloat below, so you can select the best blend for your body.
FOLLOW YOUR GUT
Are you experiencing…
- Chronic bloating (especially in the morning or right after you eat)?
- Joint pain or inflammation?
- Digestive distress or fatigue after eating (signs that your digestion is stagnant/sluggish)
If you’re experiencing chronic bloating, gas, loss of energy or brain fog after meals, or nausea, it may be a sign that your digestion is sluggish or that you have an out of balance microbiome. have some inflammation or an out-of-balance microbiome. Chronic bloating is often a sign that your microbiome is out of balance (dysbiosis) or your digestion isn’t working properly somewhere along the digestive tract. Gas is often a result of carbohydrates in the lower GI not being digested properly due to an imbalance of gut flora (more bad bugs than good). Lastly, inflammation and stagnation is often a result of various lifestyle factors over time, such as diet high in saturated fats and processed foods, imbalanced gut bacteria, genetic factors, and chronic conditions like intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”).
Sound like you? Here’s how Follow Your Gut can help!
The blend contains turmeric whose bitter and stimulating actions move digestive stagnation and reduce inflammation. Curcumin—the main active ingredient in turmeric—has been well researched for its ability to support immune system modulation and help to alleviate inflammation. Beyond the gut, its powerful anti-inflammatory actions can benefit the entire body—curbing inflammation in our joints, skin, and muscles and even giving our immune systems an extra boost.
The black pepper, ginger, and cayenne are all carminative herbs which work to dispel excess gas from the digestive system. Carminative herbs contain volatile oils that promote the movement of gas out of the system as well as decreasing its development.
Astragalus root is packed with prebiotic fiber to support the lower GI tract in feeding our beneficial gut bacteria. Keeping our good gut bacteria in balance is important to ward off potential pathogens, reduce inflammation, and even help prevent some chronic diseases.
FLOAT YOUR BLOAT
Are you experiencing…
- Chronic skin issues like acne, eczema, and rosacea?
- Increased chemical or food sensitivities and allergies?
- Frequent colds?
- Chronic bloating?
- Nausea after meals?
Maintaining the integrity of the gut lining is key, as issues like intestinal permeability can develop overtime, which is when microtears in the gut-lining enable food particles and other irritants to pass through into the bloodstream. Your body then recognizes these as an “invader” and conjures an immune response which can sometimes look like an allergic flare-up. An impaired gut lining also comprises our nutrient absorption, can impact immunity (as our stomach is our first line of defense for microbes), and can lead to improper digestion along the entire digestive tract.
Sound like you? Here’s how Float Your Bloat can help!
Float Your Bloat is your nourishing ally that helps repair the gut lining and balance the microbiome. While it has some similar actions to Follow Your Gut—its anti-inflammatory, mildly carminative, and contains prebiotic fibers—it contributes to our gut health in a different way by targeting the mucosal lining of the gut and overall microbiome.
Marshmallow root is one the most powerful herbs for repairing and soothing the gut because it is rich in mucilage which, quite literally coats the mucosa in the gut.
The astragalus and burdock root in the blend contain high amounts of prebiotic fiber that feeds our good gut bacteria and promotes diversity and balance of our microbiome. An unbalanced gut microbiome is one of the primary reasons for digestive issues along with a damaged gut lining.
The cinnamon adds further demulcent action to the marshmallow root and is mildly carminative to ease gas and bloating.
Blue butterfly pea flower is abundant in antioxidants, which work to reduce inflammation and help flush the body of free radicals that can negatively impact gut health.
How to Dose the Duo
Float Your Bloat and Follow Your Gut are great in combination to soothe the gut, improve digestion, and ease discomfort. A cold infusion of Float Your Bloat is a great way to start your day. You can also take it at any time of the day, but daily use is important to work to restore gut balance and health. Dosing Follow Your Gut fifteen minutes before a meal can also stimulate digestive fire prior to a meal. If after a meal bloat or digestive distress sets in, you can again turn to Follow Your Gut to ease your irritation.
Still undecided about which blend is right for you? Want to have more of an in-depth conversation about which herbs to incorporate into your day? Sign up for live texting or a 30-min consultation with one of our in-house herbalists here.
Casie is a Clinical Herbalist with a background in communication sciences, herbal product formulation and creation, sustainable wildcrafting, teaching, herb gardening, and organic farming.