I am sure we’ve all heard of Digestive Enzymes and/or seen them line the aisles of our local supermarkets. We may even know that they are good for us and that (exaggerated claims aside) they aid us in our digestive processes.
It’s only when deciding their benefits that apply to our specific case? Whether we really need them? And, if we should consider taking them? – that the confusion arises.
After all these questions do warrant our most serious consideration. Overloading our systems with excessive Digestive Enzymes can be as harmful as not taking them at all. And, taking low-quality supplements can create permanent imbalances in our nutritional intake.
So, what is required is a step-by-step understanding of the role Digestive Enzymes play on our health. Particularly, if we suffer from bloating, flatulence, inflammation, chronic gut ailments, disorders of the colon, constipation, diabetes and/or pancreatic disorders. Or even heightened stress. Then their role becomes more prominent, and we need to bolster and support them.
No matter what your ‘Digestive Enzyme’ status is, in this week’s article I have all the answers to help you chart an appropriate response. And, to take that step towards better digestive health.
Knowing Your Body
Paying attention and reading the subtle signs our body gives us is an important first step in resolving any issue. For example, if we suffer from food allergies, low-grade inflammation or chronic stress, these conditions could inhibit the body’s enzyme function or production. Timely diagnosis and corrective action can fix the problem, but if you continue to experience these conditions regularly you may permanently hamper your digestive processes.
Ageing also causes the bodily Digestive Enzymes to deplete, and you may require to gently alter your diet to be more suited for your delicate constitution. And you may have to consider supplementing your diet for improved results.
You can easily identify deficiencies – analysing the quality of your sleep at night, how active or sluggish you feel during the day, whether you digest food well or have issues if you experience any pain or discomfort, and how calm and at-ease you feel. There are many other signs, but begin by tuning into your body and understanding its nature!
The Role of Digestive Enzymes
The role of our digestive function is to absorb the nutrients from food and make them available for our body’s use. Food is primarily broken down into amino acids – from proteins, simple sugars – from carbohydrates, and fatty acids – from fats. And vitamins, minerals and a variety of other essential compounds are assimilated. Digestive Enzymes facilitate this breakdown.
Digestive Enzymes are produced by the pancreas, small intestine, salivary glands and the stomach. Without them, we can’t process our food, derive nutrition from it and have energy for our everyday functions.
Correcting a Deficiency
Digestive Enzymes occur naturally in whole foods – fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. So, fixing our diet to include a variety of fresh, organic and in-season produce, and moving away from processed and refined foods, can only be a good thing.
However, there are other conditions to consider. For example,
- Your sensitivity to gluten. Gluten in foods can further aggravate a bad situation.
- Your tolerance to dairy. Dairy intolerance and allergy can render your digestive processes ineffective.
- Treating and managing your existing health conditions. This is important while restoring digestive
- Preservatives and additives in foods. Additives are often added as fillers to improve and enhance the taste of food. These can make your condition worse.
- Your lifestyle. If your lifestyle is chaotic and stressful, no amount of healthy eating will change the outcomes.
- Enjoying your meals. Eating healthy is one thing, and eating well is quite another. Take the time to enjoy your meals without any distraction. Do not cram meals with work or eat on the go.
- Consider supplements. Healthy dietary practices need the support of supplements to be fully effective.
Consulting a Health Coach
After implementing healthy dietary practices and taking Digestive Enzyme supplements, you will experience a world of a difference! Your digestion will improve and so will your metabolism. However, it is always best to consider taking on a trusted Health Coach as a guide on your journey.
Taking supplements and following a diet, requires constant attention to your health and your bodily signs. When to take the supplements? How much to take? Where do I buy good supplements from? Are supplements really helping me?
As a Health Coach, I am qualified to advise you on the tests and treatments that you need. Your holistic health and wellness are paramount. So, we’ll discuss your health concerns and uncover hidden deficiencies. We will consider everything that makes you healthy and happy, just so the meals you eat and the foods you enjoy can truly nourish you!