It is not always easy to talk about these things. Digestive problems are not only potentially embarrassing, they are also very common. You can find a whole section of “remedies” devoted to these problems at any drug store. But do you think that digestive problems are really caused by a shortage of drugs in your body? The human race would not have survived long if that were the case. To survive, our ancestors learned to eat the right foods. So that is why when you come to us with these types of problems, we first find out what you are eating. Then for relief of digestive problems we discuss a key to proper digestion: digestive enzymes.
What is an enzyme? Enzymes are the enablers of life and guardians of health.
Without enzymes you can’t:
- digest your food,
- absorb your nutrients,
- keep inflammation under control,
- cleanse your blood,
- reduce risk of blood clots,
- kill bacteria and viruses,
- have good circulation or
- heal from injuries.
Your body makes and uses thousands of enzymes every day from the foods you eat. Because the building blocks of enzymes come from your food and a properly functioning digestive tract, this is where we can run into trouble making all the enzymes we need to stay healthy.
Here are some tips for healthy digestive enzyme levels:
- Include raw organic food in your diet.
- Raw organic food is rich in enzymes
- Processed foods (any thing that comes in a box or made with white sugar or flour) or over cooked foods are lacking in enzymes and offers little help for your digestive system
- Eating locally grown food when possible ensures more enzymes in the foods than food that has to ripen during shipping
- Avoid irradiated or genetically engineered food. The irradiation and engineering are done to lessen enzymes in the foods so they have a longer shelf life.
- Enzyme rich raw foods include: papaya, pineapple, avocado, mango, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil
- If you are over 20 years old, consider supplementing with digestive enzymes
- As you age, your ability to produce all the enzymes you need goes down, but your need for enzymes stays the same.
- Also as you age, your stomach makes less of the digestive hydrochloric acid which is needed to activate the gastric enzymes in the stomach that digest your food proteins for your body to use.
- When you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach, your food does not digest correctly and begins to ferment. This causes gas in your stomach which leads to reflux, GERD, bloating, discomfort and flatulence.
- When your stomach does not work right and the improperly digested food travels on to your small intestine, your pancreas has to work harder making the digestive enzymes that it puts out. If the pancreas becomes over stressed, then you might suffer:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Dysbiosis (SIBO)
Digestive enzymes include:
- bromelain from pineapples
- papain from papayas
- amylase that digests carbohydrates
- celluase that breaks down fiber
- maltase that converts grain carbs into sugar
- lactase that digests lactose from dairy products
- lipase that digests fats
- phytase that helps with over all digestion and especially helps with B vitamins
- protease that digests proteins
- sucrase that digests most sugars
So if you suffer with recurring indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, flatulence and need some help with improving your digestion in order to feel better, give us a call. We start with finding out what you are eating, help you with choosing healthier foods for what your body needs if necessary. And we can also suggest the proper mix of enzymes that we can offer to not only give you some relief but also improve your health.
You can reach us at 978-535-6155.