Why Should I Take Digestive Enzymes?

I have been asked this question again and again, “Why do you recommend digestive enzymes?” In order to have optimal gut function, I believe that digestive enzymes are a critical component. Simply stated, digestive enzymes are enzymes produced in your body to aid in the absorption of foods you eat. However, it is not uncommon for most people to experience trouble in breaking down incoming foods, and consequently nutrient uptake is compromised.

There is a ripple affect that happens in the body when the digestive system is out of balance. Let’s say, for example, that your stomach acid, known as hydrochloric acid, is low. Without enough acid, the proper signal will not be sent to the pancreas telling it to release more digestive enzymes. Thus there will also be a lack of enzyme activity in the small intestine, allowing undigested food to pass through. And trust me, you do not want undigested food reaching the colon — the outcome is unfavorable, to say the least. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a lack of digestive activity.

The types of digestive enzymes are many and will vary depending on what your body needs. There are even digestive enzymes now available to aid in the breakdown of gluten, making it possible for people with gluten sensitivites to eat those foods once again. The long and short of it, just about everyone can benefit from from digestive enzymes. Together, along with a BioEnergetic Assessment, we can determine which particular enzyme is right for you.

Resources: Enzymes: Go with your Gut- Karen DeFelice M, Sc.