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Why are the amount of enzymes depleting in our body?

Is it due to the food we eat?

The answer is not black and white however, in large part it’s due to our lifestyle.

Factors that Affect our Digestive Enzymes

We are under stress in our daily lives. Our cells undergo biochemical changes which causes disturbance in the cells and damage them. Due to this excessive load on cells the production of enzymes is decreased and a lesser amount is available to break down food.

Age affects our enzyme production. Our body has a rich supply of enzymes when we are young. As we age, the levels decrease. This is part of the reason we can tolerate much spicier food as we are younger, have vitality and shorter recovery time.

What we eat and drink can change the amount of enzymes we have. Processed foods have excessive fat and sugar which requires larger amount of enzymes to breakdown. Cooked foods also loose their natural enzymes.

Why Should We Supplement Enzymes?

When you start to notice changes in your digestion it may be time to introduce digestive enzymes into your daily routine. By introducing them you can stop or at least slow down the inevitable downward trend in the levels of enzymes in your body.

What are the types of Enzymes We Need?

There are three main groups of nutrients that must be broken down and assimilated. These are proteins, fats and carbohydrates amount It’s the breakdown of these products which provide us with energy. The enzymes that are required to break them down are, Amylase for carbohydrates, Lipase for fats (lipids) and Protease for proteins.

Who Needs Enzymes?

Anyone that experiences gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea. If you have these symptoms try incorporating a digestive enzyme at each meal.

Quite possibly the saying “you are what you eat” really means you are what you absorb.

 

BROAD SPECTRUM ENZYMES

Broad Spectrum Enzymes

Broad spectrum enzymes help to break down food particles from multiple sources such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber so that the body can better digest and absorb nutrients. When the GI tract is not functioning properly the body cannot make enough enzymes to do this important job. The same is true as we age. With age, the body’s ability to make enzymes decreases.

Enzymes are known for their assistance in digestion, but they are also very effective for many other issues including the reduction of inflammation, assisting in detoxification, healing the GI tract, reducing allergies, and even improved cognitive abilities.

Behavioral Benefits

Enzymes are known to be very helpful for children with autism and ADHD. Parents have noticed improvements in behavior, better concentration, and increased language abilities.

Quality Supplements

Quality is important with enzymes as it is with all supplements. Broad spectrum digestive enzymes are taken just prior to eating a meal for their assistance in digestion. Good Gut solution has recently formulated a new, high quality product called Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme that helps digest proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and cellulosic materials.

The product Trienza by Houston-Enzymes is another good choice. Trienza has the added benefit of DPP-IV, a very specific enzyme that is capable of breaking down the larger, and potentially more harmful proteins in wheat, (gluten) and dairy, (casein), products that can cause damage to the gut lining allowing toxins to get into the blood. These toxins trigger allergic reactions and make their way to the brain causing behavioral disorders. Trienza also comes in a chewable form for children and adults.

The importance of broad spectrum enzymes is that they assist with a multitude of different types of foods. This is helpful because we do not always know what our body is having trouble with digesting and causes of inflammation. Broad spectrum enzymes cover so many possibilities with one product.

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Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes

Good Gut Solution Announces Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes to the Rescue

Perfect Pass Digestive EnzymesDon’t you hate it when your digestion seems to be not working the way it should be?  You know what I’m talking about right?

Every time you eat your stomach hurts or maybe you have gas, bloating, nausea, heartburn, or constipation. Besides being inconvenient or even a little embarrassing sometimes, it can be a real pain. 

Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes are here to save you from the suffering that goes along with poor digestion. 

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fuel for our gut bacteria, (this means it will grow and multiply)
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with all the snacking, grazing and processed foods we eat

Why do we need Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are typically secreted by our pancreas to break down the nutrients in our food. Enzymes are also found in the foods we eat. Sounds simple right? Actually, its not always so easy because when foods are processed they are stripped of their naturally occurring  enzymes. Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate  and produce enough enzymes that are needed. 

 The Age Factor:

Unfortunately, people don’t always produce enough enzymes. We know that after the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less. By the age of 70 you may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that you need. 

Heres the simple science behind these miracle molecules:

There are three main groups of enzymes that we need. Each has a task of breaking down the specific nutrients found in our diet; proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is the breakdown of these products which provide us with energy. The enzymes are, amylase for carbohydrates, lipase for fats (lipids) and protease for proteins. Our enzyme formula has all the enzymes needed and then some. Continue reading to see what I’m talking about.

 What makes our Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes unique?

Our unique blend of high quality enzymes can be used two-fold. It will support healthy digestion when taken with meals by aiding in breaking down our fats, carbs and proteins. Secondly, it contains an additional enzyme called chymotrypsin. This may be hard to pronounce but what you need to know is that chymotrypsin is an enzyme which reduces inflammation to let the gut heal when taken between meals.

How can I get my hands on some enzymes?

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The Digestive Enzyme formula is made to work synergistically with our Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic formulas as well as our brand new Immune Support Capsules.

If you want to optimize your gut health, use the Perfect Pass Gut Care Kit consisting of all four products to make sure you have all your bases covered. Click on the link and be on your way to a happier gut.

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Why are Enzymes so Important?

Why are Digestive Enzymes so ImportantMy patients often ask me, ‘Why are Enzymes so Important’? “Why is that I never had these problem before when I was younger?”  Why is it that since I had that bout of stomach flu, I still have gas and bloating? I’ll tell you why.

Digestion begins with the Senses

Did you know that digestion begins not in the stomach, but with the senses? Actually, just seeing and smelling food sends signals to the brain that trigger a number of events. First of all, there is an increase in salivation. Then the enzymes, amylase and lipase flood into the mouth. Amylase is actually a family of related proteins and they help to begin the process of breaking down carbohydrates. Lipase, on the other hand starts to break down fats into their simpler components.

Here’s what happens. The process of chewing serves to actually break food down, making sure that there is an efficient chemical and enzymatic disassembly of food. As chewing continues, the smaller bites of food are moistened, infused with enzymes and swallowed, helped by muscular contractions of the esophagus and then passes into the stomach.

Once the food reaches the stomach, it is combined with gastric acid, mainly consisting of hydrochloric acid. The main cells in the stomach releases pepsin and degrades food proteins into peptides at the same time that more digestive enzymes are added to the mix. These are the enzymes that selectively break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats prior to transporting this content into the small intestine.

This is where the main part of digestion and absorption takes place. One important fact to add….the stomach also releases a compound called intrinsic factor. It is this intrinsic factor that allows the absorption of vitamin B12 later on in the digestive process.

Once in the small intestine, extra digestive enzymes that include trypsin, chymotrypsin and pancreatin continue to break down the food. These enzymes are either produced by the intestinal lining or may be released into the gut by the pancreas. These enzymes are critical in extracting nutrients from the food.

Pancreatin, is almost the most important of all. It is a mixture of a number of different enzymes usually released by the pancreas when food is present. Pancreatin contains enzymes like proteases which helps break down proteins into amino acids. That’s why in our newly released and unique Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme, Pancreatin makes up a significant proportion of the formula.

Other important digestive components are:

  • lactase to help the body to break down lactose (milk sugar) from dairy products;
  • papain from papaya, to help with protein digestion; and
  • cellulase which aids to prevent the development of a rather rare condition known as gastric phytobezoar, that may result in a blockage in the gastrointestinal system.

We can’t leave out the importance of liver function. The liver produces bile that is stored in the gallbladder and it’s released when fats are present. It’s the bile that helps emulsify fats, permitting the fats to be broken down by enzymes. This process is very important for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

The Importance of Enzymes with regard to Malnutrition and Aging

Its apparent that there is a complex series of events involved in breaking food down to its constituent of sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids. These constituents are readily absorbed through the lining of the small intestine and transported into the bloodstream. The nutrients are then passed along to the liver, where filtration occurs, toxins are inactivated and removed, and final processing happens.

So you can see that enzymes play an integral role in this complex process. Unfortunately, many adults don’t have enough enzymes.

When we’re young, our digestive enzymes are able to easily break down ingested food into vital proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This provides optimal nutritional value to the body. However, as we age and also as a result of illnesses we may have had, the body’s digestive functions start to deteriorate.

This results in a variety of symptoms like gas and bloating. It can also cause food to only be partially digested. Sometimes nutritional deficiencies or even inflammatory conditions result because of inadequate enzyme activity.

This can often be traced back to diet, food choices and how we prepare our food. Natural enzymes are readily found in raw fruits and vegetables. However, the moment we cook our food, we destroy the natural enzymes.

We also know now that the amount of enzymes produced by the stomach, pancreas, and small intestine declines with age.

That’s why older people often suffer with poor digestion, decreased nutrient absorption, and a lessening of intestinal motility. These all contribute in one way or another to variety of complaints like problems with increased gas and bloating, problems eliminating, and even malnutrition.

As early as 1999 – double blind research verified that supplementing with digestive enzymes is very effective.

Taking digestive enzyme supplements ensure a healthy breakdown and assimilation of food. Not only do they help with the breakdown of food, but they also play other imprtant roles.

Yes, now we are fortunate to have advanced enzyme formulas that make it possible to protect the body against systemic inflammation and also improve digestive function, prevent gastric distress, speeding up healing after surgery and even curbing malnutrition that often occurs in the elderly

In conclusion, there is another very important consideration. That is auto immune disease. In autoimmune diseases we find that immune complexes, which are large groups of antigens (molecules that trigger immune responses) and antibodies (immune proteins that neutralize foreign invaders), lock together in a tangled mesh.

They cause damage when they deposit in tissue. We are led to believe that they play a role in immune system diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Now we are looking in to the fact that supplementing with enzymes can have immunomodulatory activity and thus play a role in reducing the incidence of these immune complexes.

The Whole Scoop about Prebiotics

The Whole Scoop About Prebiotics

Probiotics get loads of positive press from a many sources, some reliable and others, unfortunately not. It’s actually an area of nutrition that’s gaining momentum now, because many different health professionals support their use.

As you may already know, I feel very strongly about probiotics and the very significant role they play in not only our digestive health, but health in general. Our new Perfect Pass Probiotic fits the requirement of what I think is an excellent ‘therapeutic’ probiotic. One that is human strain, which consists of therapeutic doses of bacillus strains that survive stomach acid 100% of the time.

Perfect Pass Prebiotic from PHGGHowever, today I wanted to focus on our ‘sister’ supplement, ie. Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG.

From the questions that I am constantly asked, I’m beginning to understand that few people actually know what prebiotics are, what they do and why they are different to probiotics.

So what are they? What Are Prebiotics? Simply put, a prebiotic is an indigestible food ingredient that encourages the growth and also the maintenance of our gut‘s beneficial and friendly flora, now know as our ‘microbiota’.

Actually, it would be better to say that prebiotics are “indigestible by HUMANS” because, in fact, they ARE being digested. They are being digested by the friendly flora, the microbiota in our gut. That’s what our good bacteria thrive on. So, when we take prebiotics on a regular basis, our natural microbiota gets fed. The prebiotic is food for our natural flora, which are the living organisms that live abundantly and happily in our gut when we’re healthy.

Prebiotics are classified as soluble fiber. This is very different from insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber creates bulk and does help digestive action but insoluble fiber does not feed the microbiota the way soluble probiotic fiber does. Yes, insoluble fiber may speed up elimination but it doesn’t really add anything, nutritionally, in the way that soluble fiber does, particularly when that soluble fiber has ideal prebiotic properties as well.

The particular soluble fiber I’m talking about here is Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG. This prebiotic is called a galactomannan. It’s not the same as inulin, oligofructose or fructooligosaccharides (FOS). The great benefit of this galactomannan type of prebiotic is that it ferments slowly and that way it doesn’t result in any side effects that are often associated with inulin and FOS. The other big plus, is that this guar gum does not feed pathogenic bacteria in the way that other prebiotics have been found to do.

Why are Prebiotics so Healthy?

The type of prebiotics used in Perfect Pass have many research studies to validate why this is the type of prebiotic of choice. Here are just a few examples of clinical trial results:

  • Improves symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • increases gastrointestinal flora
  • increases fecal bifido bacteria.
  • increases magnesium and calcium absorption
  • there is an inhibitory effect on precancerous colon lesions in rats
    reduces fasting glucose in Type 2 diabetes patients.

We think that prebiotics have a long history of use. How do we know that our ancestors consumed prebiotic foods? Well, as a start, we know from cave deposits found in North America, that there was inulin and oligofructose agave, wild onion, and other bulbs. There’s also evidence of massive cooking stones and big ovens.

Similar cooking pits have been found in other places in the world as well, some of them date as far back as 30,000 years ago. They could have been roasting fibrous tuber. We do know that wild roots, tubers, and other fibrous foods were available almost everywhere and that they were eaten by the local populations.

For instance, the Maoris use almost every part of the cabbage which is high in inulin content and they think of cabbage as a natural aid for diarrhea, colic and other gastrointestinal disorders. The Hadza tribe of Central Tanzania eat tubers year round and all of them are known to have high fiber content. So it’s really possible to postulate that early humans got a fair amount of prebiotic fiber in their diets.

Did you know that Galactooligosaccharides are present in human breast milk? Yes, breast milk contains both probiotics and prebiotics for the bacteria to feed on. Since it’s in breast milk, it seems like there is a precedent for prebiotics in the human diet by design.

A common question asked is … How much Prebiotic fiber should we consume?

Consuming soluble fiber, that is prebiotic fiber, is actually very important. I’m not referring to the insoluble fiber like bran. Because now we know that there’s an entirely unique digestive function happening in the colon. So it’s not just happening in the small intestine. The human colon contributes in a big way to maintaining a strong digestive system, particularly when it gets the prebiotic fuel it needs.

If you find that you can’t eat a fair amount of the foods that are high in natural prebiotics, then think about taking a couple if scoops of Perfect Pass Prebiotics PHGG on a daily basis.

Give it a couple weeks, start with low doses, and gradually increase to about 4 gm (1 tablespoon) twice daily. Be sure to mix it in water. There’s no taste and no smell. And then just watch as your digestion improves.

Here are the Foods that are high in Prebiotics.

Think about introducing some prebiotic foods into your diet. The numbers in the brackets give you the weight of the prebiotic fiber, followed by the amount of food that is needed to get 6gm of prebiotic fiber. Inulin content is altered by cooking but not a lot.
Raw chicory root (64.6%) – 1/3 oz
Raw Jerusalem artichoke (31.5%) – 3/4 oz
Raw dandelion greens (24.3%) – 1 oz
Raw garlic (17.5%) – 1.2 oz
Raw leek (11.7%) – 1.8 oz
Raw onion (8.6%) – 2.5 oz
Cooked onion (5%) – 1/4 lb, or 4 oz
Raw banana (1%) – 1.3 lb

Here’s to a healthy digestive system.

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