When you eat the body produces enzymes to digest down the food to its nutrient pieces; amino acids from proteins, fatty acids and cholesterol from fats, and simple sugars from carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals. The body produces digestive enzymes in the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine.
If we’re not producing enough enzymes, we are not fully breaking down our food. So, we are not absorbing the nutrients and the food putrefies and ferments in the intestinal tract leaving us feeling bloated and gassy.
How do we restore a normal digestive function? According to Dr. Tim Gerstmar ND, of Aspire Natural Health, follow a Paleo-style diet (includes meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds; no dairy, grains or legumes), and take digestive enzymes with food, and probiotics to improve the health of the intestinal tract. This diet will help reduce inflammation and enzymes inhibitors.
How to know if you need a digestive enzyme? If you have the following symptoms: Gas, bloating, feel full after a few bites, undigested food in your stool, or sticky stool.
The best type of enzyme supplement to take is a “mixed enzyme”. That type will break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR