Living in a fast-paced environment like New York and coaching people worldwide, I regularly hear more and more people complain about their digestive health. Some of the most common discomforts are related to constipation, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, and stomachaches. No wonder since about 70,000,000 people report experiencing digestive issues daily.
According to national data, around 7% of Americans have ulcers, another 7% have heartburn (GERD or acid reflux), up to 15% have constipation, and another 15% have Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS: a condition characterized by diverse issues like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, and more). What’s even scarier is that there are around 26,000 new cases of stomach cancer and 135,000 new cases colorectal cancer yearly.
Why there are so many issues nowadays?
There are many factors involved but among the most common are:
- Reliance on processed foods and poor nutrition …It may be a lot of food around but most falls short of being nutritionally valuable
- Lack of consumption of live raw food
- Eating too fast, in a rush
- Lack of proper chewing the food consumed
- Depleted and toxic soils
What are Digestive Enzymes?
Enzymes are catalysts that provoke biological reactions, with most of them being proteins. Enzymes are essential for bodily functioning and are required in most metabolic processes (breathing, producing energy, absorbing nutrients, regulating hormones, healing, decreasing inflammation, delaying aging, etc.).
There are basically two main categories of enzymes, metabolic and digestive. Metabolic enzymes participate in all cellular activity. Digestive enzymes help the body break down food and assimilate its nutrients in order to allow it to function adequately. Besides making nutrients bioavailable, enzymes helps to eliminate accumulated toxins from the digestive track.
Unfortunately, the body does not endlessly produce digestive enzymes. It is estimated that it loses approximately 13% of the enzymes’ potential every ten years. This means that with the course of the years, your body’s ability to digest food and extract nutrients decreases. In turn, you are more prone to age faster and experience health issues.
You may be wondering…..What can I do then?
Well…. Enzymes’ potential last longer when outside enzymes are consumed. This is another reason why it is extremely important to eat enzyme-rich foods. At the same time, you can take digestive enzymes before eating cooked food. Additionally, try to consume products containing enzymes.
On the other hand, avoid the regular consumption of processed food and only eating cooked food. When you over-consume cooked enzyme-deplete foods and processed foods, you deplete your body’s enzymes. Consequently, you overwork your pancreas, causing inflammation. This can negatively affect digestion, then disrupt other systems in the body, potentially causing unwanted conditions. Not only that, but you are accelerating the aging process and shortening your lifespan.
Are Enzymes really Helpful?
In a study of people suffering from digestive problems, researchers compared the results of taking digestive enzymes and pharmaceuticals. The volunteers were examined and deemed eligible for treatment, a group received Motilium® (a drug prescribed to relieve bloating, gastric discomfort, nausea, among other symptoms) and the other group received an enzyme complex (Similase Total®). The groups were treated for five consecutive days. The results showed that gastrointestinal complaints significantly decreased in both groups. However, those receiving the enzymes had significantly better results in reducing abdominal pain.
There are numerous studies showing positive results associated with digestive health. The above one is just one example showing that enzymes are a valuable resource when dealing with digestive problems. The great thing about them is that you do not get the side-effects associated with most prescription drugs.
If enzymes can help heal a sick body, they have many more beneficial effects on a healthy one. Give your body foods, supplements and products that help the digestive system run smoothly. In this manner, you help conserve your body’s precious reserves of digestive and metabolic enzymes, magnifying nutrients to help your body thrive.
Need of more Digestive Enzymes?
- The best way to keep your biological enzymes active longer is to eat more enzyme-rich foods: raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts and legumes.
- Supplement with digestive enzymes
- Take products that have digestive enzymes in them.
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