Today in the spotlight are Digestive Enzymes – Naturally produced in our body, digestive enzymes help break down food in our stomach and intestines. This assimilation of food releases vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for use throughout the body and proper digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Did you know? …Digestive enzymes are naturally secreted along the gastrointestinal tract—some are secreted starting in the mouth, and others further down in the digestive tract. There are three main types of digestive enzymes: • Amylase breaks down STARCHES and CARBOHYDRATES into sugars. • Protease breaks down PROTEINS into amino acids. • Lipase breaks down lipids (FATS and OILS) into glycerol and fatty acids.
Normally functioning glands (in the mouth, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, and pancreas) are pros at producing the enzymes we need to digest our food and absorb the subsequent nutrients properly. But when these glands are either non-functioning or have been damaged, digestive issues like bloating, gas, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea after eating may occur. Digestive enzyme supplements are intended to help pick up the slack. Many fruits and vegetables also contain naturally occurring digestive enzymes in their fresh, raw state. But when we have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, those enzymes are diminished. Enzymes are also extremely sensitive to heat and are easily destroyed by cooking.
Digestive issues are one of the most common conditions I see on a cellular level in Live Blood Analysis. BOOK an analysis and find out if digestive issues are a problem for you and if supplementing with Digestive Enzymes can help!