Digestive Enzymes…Has your stomach taken your health hostage?

Digestive Enzymes…Has your stomach taken your health hostage?

Did you used to be able to eat anything without giving it a second thought?

Do you frequently get bloated after you eat?

Do you have frequent intestinal gas?

Do you avoid certain foods?

If these things sound familiar to you, you are not alone. The good thing is that you do not have to suffer. Right  now your digestive tract is not functioning at optimal levels. As we get older, we do not produce as many digestive enzymes that we once did. Think about this…have you ever sat down with your kids to have spaghetti? pizza?, anything with a high carbohydrate load only to go into what I jokingly call a “food coma” while your child is playing…or bouncing of the walls with no ill effect? Their digestive system is functioning optimally….yours, not so much.

Digestion

 

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Lets take a minute to talk about digestive enzymes. To absorb nutrients into your bloodstream you have to break these large molecules down into smaller pieces. While you are eating, digestive enzymes are entering your small intestine from the liver, gall bladder and pancreas to break down your food. Digestive enzymes are essentially proteins:

Amylases -to break down carbohydrates

Lipases- to break down fat

Proteases- to break down protein

Due to many different reasons, these enzymes can become depleted. An unbalanced diet, eating too fast (remember digestion starts in the mouth), and yes aging …all depletes enzyme secretion. Once you can not digest your food properly you run into issues such as: bloating, indigestion and other digestive issues.

Taking an enzyme supplement is like hiring help for your digestive crew. Digestion will happen more quickly, more easily, and with less “work.”

As with any other supplement, all are not created equal. I have used two different kinds in the last few years. Both work equally well, and have been a life saver with many a meal. Here are the two I recommend:

 

Enzymes by Dr. Mercola’s 

Enzymes by Standard Process

To your digestion =)

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

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