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You Are What You Eat?


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.


Enzymes for Therapeutic Reduction of Inflammation

Enzymes are well known for their benefits in digestion, but they can be very effective when it comes to reducing inflammation. When enzymes are taken away from food, 30 minutes before or 60 minutes after a meal, they can offer different benefits depending on the formula.
Inflammation can have many causes. Allergies, autoimmune issues, joint pain and arthritis are just a few. It can be isolated in one area or become systemic throughout the body as in rheumatoid arthritis and many autoimmune disorders.
Enzymes are both natural and safe and can automatically target inflammation anywhere in the body when used therapeutically. When talking about enzymes the word “therapeutically” refers to treating something specific, and being taken away from food, so that they do not get used working to digest, and are free to work elsewhere in the body. There are no harmful side effects like there are with aspirin or pharmaceutical drugs.

Two Great Enzyme Products to Assist Reducing Inflammation:
1. The enzyme product Wobenzyme N is one of the best sources for the natural, and safe reduction of inflammation. It has been used for over fifty years and is trusted by Olympic athletes to help assist in healing injuries by over 50%. Wobenzyme helps to clean up toxic debris in the body, and is known for its ability to reduce blood clots, therefore, helping lower the incidence of stroke. It also helps to reduce heart attacks by lowering cholesterol. This offers a safe alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.
2. The enzyme product Serrapeptase is also a great choice for reducing inflammation. It is known to ease both pain and swelling. Serrapeptase has a twenty five year history of being both safe and effective.

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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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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.

How To Aid Digestion With Garden Of Life’s Digestive Enzymes

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Changing your diet to avoid foods that are difficult to digest may be harmful when you’re trying to get all the nutrients you need. However, being uncomfortable after mealtime may slow down the pace of your life. Many people find themselves caught at these crossroads, but if you want to aid digestion without sacrificing essential nutrients, there are options out there.

Digestive supplements (or digestive enzymes) help aid digestion so you’re able to continue eating a healthy diet without cramps or bloating. If you’re searching for an option to help you digest commonly difficult-to-process foods, then Garden of Life OmegaZyme Ultra Digestive Enzymes are your answer!

Garden of Life’s OmegaZyme ULTRA Digestive Enzymes

The capsules contain more than 20 different digestive enzymes to help the body process dairy, carbohydrates, proteins and high-fat foods such as beans, nuts and seeds. The capsules contain proteins that help break down foods and allow the intestinal tract to absorb the nutrients without creating cramps and bloating. And the all-natural enzymes are extracted from plants, making the capsules completely vegetarian-friendly.

Eating a balanced diet isn’t easy when you’re limited to what kinds of foods you can eat, especially if you have to limit the amount of dairy or protein you eat. But supplementary digestive enzymes help your body process those foods so you don’t have to miss out on the nutrients.

It’s Easy & Convenient

For anyone who is busy, grabbing a handful of nuts or seeds is an easy option for snacking on-the-go. Well, taking a capsule is also an easy, portable option for taking digestive enzymes. Meanwhile, buying the enzymes in bulk is also something that will keep your life moving forward. Having 180 capsules compared to 90 will cut down on how frequently you have to make an order and will save you money by slicing the shipping costs down to once instead of twice. And ordering from Good Gut Solution means your supplement will be delivered to you without interrupting your day.

The Price Is Right When Shopping Online!

Some stores may charge up to $86 for 180 capsules of digestive enzymes. But, those products may not be as effective as the Garden of Life OmegaZyme Ultra Digestive Enzymes and we are offering the product for half that price.

These are some of the best digestive aids for anyone suffering from intestinal issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn’s. If you’re familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of bloating and pressure in your midsection, try using digestive enzymes to stop cramps and discomfort after eating. Shop online to save on Garden of Life OmegaZyme Ultra Digestive Enzymes and start to aid digestion today!

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