The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is a fallacy. The truth is you are what you digest — and digestive enzymes are key to both better digestion and nutrient absorption. Today, there’s a growing incidence of illnesses that, when traced back to the source, appear to be linked to nutrient malabsorption due to a lack of digestive enzymes. Proper digestion and elimination is at the root of truly radiant health. Unfortunately, it does not matter how healthy your diet is or how many supplements you take if your body is not breaking down and absorbing the nutrients you consume. In their infinite intelligence, our bodies produce a vast array of specialized proteins called digestive enzymes. Each enzyme is specifically designed to break down the macronutrients (fat, sugar, and protein) of the food we eat. Digestive enzymes are produced primarily in the pancreas and small intestine, and once released, catalyze chemical reactions in the gut that are essential to proper digestive function.
Common digestive problems include heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS. Symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. Treatment includes a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. Today, more and more people have some level of digestive disruption. A lack of digestive enzymes almost certainly play a role. Many people find these symptoms result from the difficulty of digesting foods such as gluten and dairy. Therefore, these people tend to adopt increasingly restrictive diets. In the short term, removing hard to digest foods from the diet can help relieve symptoms, but in the long term, this does not fully address the underlying cause of the problem.
Adequate Supply of Digestive Enzymes
Our body’s cells are programmed to direct each nutrient to combine and interact with other nutrients and chemicals to create still other chemicals and compounds which, in turn, are used to build and repair the body’s cells, bones, tissue, and organs. The process is called metabolism. Each metabolic reaction is started, controlled, and terminated by enzymes. Without enzymes, no metabolic activity will occur. A body that does not consistently and efficiently metabolize the essential food nutrients necessary cannot maintain optimum health. When the body is not producing an adequate supply of digestive enzymes, the food we eat is not being broken down properly. The undigested food particles damage the digestive tract causing leaky gut. When the food is not being broken down and absorbed, then the body is not receiving the proper nutrition to allow it to ultimately heal and restore normal production of digestive enzymes. Of course, if someone is genuinely allergic to a food, such as in the case of celiac disease, then that food should be avoided. However, for many people, hard to digest foods like dairy and gluten can be safely reintroduced into the diet.
Should I Supplement With Digestive Enzymes?
Are you trying to repair a leaky gut? Do you suffer from chronic digestive issues such as gas, bloating, indigestion, or constipation? Do you experience reflux after a meal? Or do you see pieces of undigested food or a fatty substance in your stool? If so, your body may not be producing enough digestive enzymes, or your enzymes may not be working as well as they should. The key is turning the digestive fire back on. Intelligent supplementation with digestive enzymes. For people with compromised digestion, taking a digestive enzyme with meals will provide the body with much needed assistance. This support will allow the digestive system reprieve from the assault of undigested food particles allowing it to heal. As the enzymes help to more fully break down the food, the body receives more nutrition allowing for the rejuvenation of the body’s endogenous enzyme production.
Restore Your Digestive Fire
Digestive fire is a term used to describe the ability of our body to produce sufficient enzymes, stomach acid, and bile to break down food into tiny particles which can be absorbed through our intestinal tract. Although digestive enzymes can be an incredibly effective intervention for those with digestive difficulty, it is also important to be cautious of over-reliance on supplementation. Remember, the goal is to reboot your body’s own production of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes – should only be used short-term or taken only with harder to digest foods. If taken long-term the body may begin to rely on them and produce less of its own enzymes. As you begin to more fully digest your meals, slowly wean yourself off of the supplement as to allow your body to direct the newly absorbed nutrients to production of endogenous enzymes in the pancreas and small intestine. Once you feel like the digestive fire has been restored, you can begin to add hard to digest foods back into the diet, paying close attention for the recurrence of symptoms.
You know that proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are the three main food groups that make up the bulk of our daily diet. A “balanced” diet means we consume the proper proportions of these three basic food groups on a daily basis. This balance, when combined with the assurance that we also get the essential nutrients, can help provide a healthy life — IF we properly process and metabolize these nutrients. To do this we also need an adequate source of the major types of digestive enzymes. Proper digestion is the root of great health. Digestive enzymes facilitate proper digestion. When the body is not producing adequate levels of digestive enzymes food is not broken down and absorbed leading to nutrient deficiencies and intestinal damage. By introducing supplemental digestive enzymes with meals you can assist your body in the breakdown of food and nourishment of your body. As you taper your supplementation, the body begins to reestablish endogenous enzyme production allowing you to reintroduce previously foregone foods back into your diet.
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