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5 Symptoms that You Need Digestive Enzymes

Digesting our food is something we all take for granted. The truth is that digestion is a key factor in maintaining good health.

One of the many reasons that people develop digestive symptoms and possibly serious illness is that our digestion is out of balance.

What does that have to do with Digestive Enzymes?

Our digestive enzymes are the work horses that help us break down our food.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive enzymes start to deplete.

Did you Know?

  • After the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less enzymes.
  • By the age of 70 we may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that we need.

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.

Unfortunately, its not as easy as it sounds.

Why?

When foods are processed and cooked they are stripped of their naturally occurring enzymes.

Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate and produce enough enzymes that are needed.

This results in a number of symptoms.

Here are 5 symptoms that are often associated with not having enough Digestive Enzymes:

  • Gas and bloating after meals
  • The sensation that we feel full after eating a few bites of food
  • Undigested food in our stool
  • Stool changes, like floating stools or fat floats
  • Digestive Disorders like IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance

Here’s where enzymes comes into play. If our body is not digesting properly and assimilating all the nutrients we take in, we simply don’t receive all the necessary benefits we could be.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is not always easy and maybe not the most economical.

However, we make this a priority because it’s important to nourish ourselves with all the vitamins and nutrients that a balanced, possibly plant based diet offers.

We can help our body process food, reduce our discomfort and allow us to reap all the nutritional benefits from our diet.

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fertilizer for our gut bacteria
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with processed foods and foods which may cause inflammation

A 2016 study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that enzyme replacement for those suffering with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s is a possible therapeutic option.

Both enzyme therapy and probiotics offer an advantage to the management of such disorders.

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesWe offer many different enzymes but the one that stands out to be different from the others is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme formula.

Why is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme Different?

It contains ox bile.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the bile from oxen.

Ox bile is chemically similar to our own bile, and our bodies have no trouble using it alongside our own bile for the exact same purpose.

What are the benefits of ox bile?

Bile is what your body produces to help you digest the fats you eat. Ordinarily, your liver excretes the bile, then stores it in your gallbladder to use later. The bile helps breakdown the fats you consume allowing your body to absorb fat soluble nutrients.

If you’re deficient in bile, you may not be properly digesting fats which can lead to feeling constipated.

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Best Fiber for Pregnant Moms

Pregnant Moms Need the Best Fiber

Pregnant mom drinking drink with prebiotic soluble fiber

Pregnant moms are always looking for the best for their babies, particularly when it comes to finding the best fiber available. Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide when there’s so many products to choose from and loads of advice from many different sources.

When you’re pregnant it’s a paricularly important time to look at what you’re eating as everything you take in will be shared with your baby. Its good to eat a diet that’s full of all types of vegetables, particularly the green, leafy ones, fruits, some grains – depending on your particular state of health and proteins.

The balance of all nutrients is important. Remember, too, that folic acid is especially important because it is known to help prevent the development of neural tube defects.

Often pregnancy leads to constipation. For this reason fiber is important to include on a regular basis as it helps to move waste through the gut.

It’s often challenging to get the required amount of 27 grams a day from what you eat, so supplementation can be very helpful indeed. Perfect Pass Prebiotic is the type of soluble fiber that is completely safe to use during pregnancy.

Perfect Pass Prebiotic best fiber for pregnant momsOne tablespoon of Perfect Pass Prebiotics will give you about 14 grams of soluble fiber. Unlike other supplements, this one, Perfect Pass Prebiotics is all-natural. It mixes easily in water, juice and any hot beverage. It can also be stirred into foods as well as used in your own particular recipes.

The soluble fiber is a regulating fiber.

It doesn’t change the flavor, color, or the texture, and it’s odorless.

The biggest advantage is that you won’t experience any uncomfortable side effects like gas or bloating because this type of fiber, i.e. partially hyrdrolyzed guar gum or PHGG, is able to ferment slowly in the gut, so it helps the food pass through the digestive tract at the right speed.

Skin Candy Chocolate Mint Abdominal Massage

Skin Candy Chocolate Mint is Perfect to Use for Abdominal Massage.

Skin Candy Cocoa Butter for Abdominal Massage

What is Abdominal Massage?

It’s when the abdomen and intestinal areas are massaged with different motions and pressure. The massage action naturally helps to stimulate peristalsis, decrease
colonic transit time and increase the frequency of bowel movements. It also reduces the discomfort typically associated with constipation.

Abdominal Massage can also benefit the digestive system by relaxing the digestive organs, stimulating digestion and increasing blood flow throughout the system.

What techniques are used in abdominal massage?

The techniques vary depending on the type of massage being used, yet they all work to improve digestion and elimination. Abdominal massage is concentrated on the stomach, small and large intestines, and the muscles surrounding these organs.

Self-applied stomach massage can alleviate gas and digestive issues, as well as strengthen underlying muscle tissue. It stimulates your internal organs, including your gallbladder and liver.

Increased blood and oxygen flow helps to improve organ function. In the case of your gallbladder and liver, improved function means efficient release and removal of waste products. Improved blood circulation benefits the blood vessels of the entire abdominal cavity.

How To Do Self Massage.​

Lay down with your knees up and moving your knees from left to right. This helps the flow. Remember to breathe deeply while you massage as it helps with oxygen flow and relaxation.

Now apply Chocolate Mint Skin Candy onto your abdomen. With a gentle light pressure, using both hands, massage your stomach using clockwise circular strokes.

As your abdomen relaxes you can apply a little more pressure.

Massage for 15 minutes twice a day.

It has been found that performing the massage with essential oils of peppermint offers an additional aromatherapeutic benefit and helps to improve constipation symptoms even more than massage alone.

Why Peppermint?

Peppermint​ is an herb that belongs to the Lamiaceae family in the genus Mentha and botanically named Mentha piperita. Originally native to Europe, peppermint is now cultivated in nearly all regions globally.

The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief.

It is extremely helpful as an aid for digestion.

You see peppermint is what is known as a carminative and therefore helps in removing excess gas. It is also a good for those who have a low appetite, and it helps treating motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs.

Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats.

Menthol and methyl salicylate, the main ingredients in peppermint, have antispasmodic effects, with calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

A number of studies have also shown it to be a great reliever of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The stimulating effects of peppermint oil have been shown to increase blood circulation. In fact, studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate
the body’s organs and increase metabolism.

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How to Optimize Your Colon Health

Why Is the Health of the Colon So Important?

The large intestine is also known as the colon. The health and proper functioning of the colon is crucial to the excretion of waste. Bowel movements must happen daily. Any constipation allows time for the toxins in stagnant excrement to be reabsorbed into the body. Toxic waste includes pesticides, hormones, antibiotics in animal feed, and carcinogenic agents in the air we breathe.

Physical health and behavioral issues are both affected by toxic reabsorption. There are neurotransmitters, or brain messengers, that are affected by toxins in the bowel. These brain signaling chemicals include adrenaline, norepinephrine and serotonin. This can cause anxiety, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, the inability to concentrate, and much more. The large intestine also absorbs minerals necessary for our health. An improperly working colon causes nutrient deficiencies.

What To Do

Dehydration and a lack of fiber in the diet can slow down the process of elimination causing constipation. Plenty of pure water is crucial, as is fiber. When the digestive tract is healthy fiber is essential to keep things moving. If digestion is already not moving fiber can make it worse.

When constipation is an issue there are some healthy, safe supplement choices to assist such as:

Probiotics are a great choice. They naturally help regulate the bowels.

Aloe leaf

Magnesium pulls water into the bowel and relaxes the smooth muscle to assist excretion.

Enzymes

-Vitamin C

Some high fiber foods are flax, chia seeds, fruit, especially berries, prunes, apples with the skin on, green leafy vegetables, oat bran, and brown rice. Be sure to avoid binding foods such as gluten, cheese and red meat.

Authored by Karen Thomas, CEO and founder of Naturally Healing Autism. 

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Signs of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)

Our bodies are consistently communicating with us—letting us know when it’s time to eat, sleep, use the bathroom and so on. But how often to you listen to your small intestine? Few people recognize this valuable communication from the gut, which typically occurs with gas or bloating.

A lot of people think gas and bloating are normal—a common reaction experienced after a meal. However, regular gas, bloating, or abdominal discomfort may actually be your small intestine trying to tell you something. And if you’re smart, you’ll listen.

What Is SIBO?

There are several mechanisms working within your small intestine that are significant in the process of safely absorbing food nutrients and discarding waste and toxins.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when the number of bacteria in the small bowel increases or changes significantly enough to cause symptoms. Usually, it’s not one single stain of bacteria that overpopulates the small intestine, rather an overgrowth of bacteria that is normally found in the colon. In rare cases, SIBO may result in an overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the small intestine.

Various strains of bacteria found throughout the small bowel work to break down food compounds, protect against pathogens and produce several nutrients like folate and vitamin K. The sum of these various processes affects the muscular activity responsible for moving food content through the gastrointestinal system. If one of these mechanisms is disrupted by an overgrowth of bacteria, one or many of these processes may fail.

How Do I Know I Have SIBO?

SIBO tends to be under-diagnosed. This is because most people learn to live with the discomfort of regular gas and bloating, often aided by over-the-counter medications. Common symptoms of SIBO may include:

Serious cases may also result in weight loss and vitamin deficiencies.

What Causes SIBO?

SIBO is typically the result of a poor diet including excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. However, diet is not the only contributing factor for SIBO. Other causes of SIBO may include low stomach acid, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prior bowel surgery, excessive antibiotics and diabetes.

Genova DiagnosticsIf one or a combination of symptoms occurs fairly regularly, it may warrant further investigation. You may choose to speak to your doctor or, if you’re still unsure, take a home breath test, like the Genova Lab Bacterial Overgrowth in Small Intestine Breath Test.

This home test is a non-invasive way to detect bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. It’s also easy to do, and it can be administered in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

Remember, your body may be trying to tell you that there’s a problem in your gut. Take note of your symptoms and don’t delay. Chronic discomfort, excessive gas, and bloating don’t have to be a regular part of your life. Take the home test today to find out more about what’s going on in your gut.

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