Which Digestive Enzyme is Right for Me?

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Which digestive enzyme is right for me? We help explain.

You can eat healthy and exercise regularly, but if your body is not producing enough of the right kinds of digestive enzymes, you might not be getting all the nutrients you need. So, what is a digestive enzyme, and why should you be concerned about yours? We’re going to tell you…

What is a Digestive Enzyme?

Our bodies naturally produce digestive enzymes and they are extremely important. These enzymes are responsible for breaking down the food we eat to allow our bodies to fully absorb the nutrients. Some people don’t make enough of the right kinds of digestive enzymes, for example, those who are lactose intolerant. People who can’t tolerate dairy often lack the enzyme needed to break it down properly.

Replacing Digestive Enzymes

So, what happens if your body doesn’t produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion? Well, the good news is that a digestive enzyme can be mimicked and taken in supplement form, allowing you to fully benefit from the healthy foods you eat.

Types of Digestive Enzymes

There are three main types of digestive enzymes:

Amylase: This enzyme is used to break down carbohydrates into sugar molecules. People who don’t have enough of this type of enzyme typically get diarrhea often.

Lipase: This enzyme works with your liver’s bile to break down fats. It’s very important for helping your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.

Protease: You need this enzyme to break down the protein you eat into amino acids. It also helps fight infection to keep your intestines healthy and in working order. A shortage of this enzyme can lead to allergies or toxicity in the intestines.

Replacing Digestive Enzymes

There are a few different ways you can replace missing digestive enzymes. Some medications come in prescription form, such as pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, that is usually made from a pig’s pancreas. Other digestive enzyme supplements you can find from the Professional Supplement Center or over-the-counter; it’s as easy as looking for the variety that is right for you. Digestive enzymes are also found in certain foods, such as:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Mangos
  • Papayas
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kefir
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapples

If you’ve been struggling with digestive problems, maybe it’s time to try replacing your digestive enzymes. We’d love to know how it’s working for you. Tell us in the comments below!

Homeopathic Allergy Relief

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Try these options for homeopathic allergy relief.

The peak of the fall allergy season is upon us, and our noses, eyes and throats are feeling the brunt. If you’ve been looking for easy ways to get homeopathic allergy relief, we’ve got you covered today. Check out these tips!

Fall Allergies

For some, fall allergies can be so bad, it can be hard to tell whether or not you’re actually sick. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to get homeopathic allergy relief, if you know what to look for. So, how can you tell if the symptoms you’re having are actually due to allergies and not something more serious? Here are the most common allergy symptoms:

  • Itchy nose and eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

So, what’s causing all the trouble? Here are the most common culprits of the fall allergy season:

  • Ragweed Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust Mites

Homeopathic Allergy Relief

Fall allergies can be hard to avoid. But there are several things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and achieve homeopathic allergy relief like Allercetin Allergy & Sinus by Source Naturals. Try these tips and see if they make a difference, but remember, everyone reacts differently to allergies so if one doesn’t work, try something else.

Vitamin C

A great place to start for homeopathic allergy relief is with your immune system. Vitamin C will give your body the boost it needs to fight off any incoming germs and infection. It can be taken in supplement form, or though many of the natural foods that contain vitamin C, such as:

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Peppers

If you have gaps in your diet, try a nutritional supplement like Vitamin C – Sodium Ascorbate Crystals by Source Naturals.

Probiotics

Overall health starts in your gut. Taking high-quality daily probiotics can help balance your digestive tract’s natural bacteria and boost your immune system to help fight off seasonal allergies.

Neti Pot

Simply rinsing your sinuses out daily can make a huge difference in your allergy symptoms. Try using a neti pot and see how your sinuses feel after having a little bath!

Bromelain

An enzyme naturally found in pineapples works wonders on the effects of seasonal allergies. Bromelain is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, particularly in the sinuses. Bromelain is often found compounded with other homeopathic remedies to fully support all your needs during allergy season. One of our favorites is Seasonal Assist Complete from our own Professional Supplement Center brand.

Homeopathic Histamine Products

If you struggle with itchy eyes, nose and throat during allergy season, an antihistamine could be the key for you. Homeopathic options include Allercetin Allergy & Sinus by Source Naturals.

The fall allergy season can be miserable, but it doesn’t have to be if you take the fight head on with these options for homeopathic allergy relief. Give them a try and let us know which one works best for you in the comments below!

The Link Between Cholesterol Levels and Heart Health

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Learn about the link between cholesterol levels and heart health.

We all basically know that there is a link between cholesterol and heart health, but do you know why? The key is to separate the good from the bad and strike a balance for optimal heart health. Today, we’re going to tell you how to do that.

Cholesterol and Your Heart 

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that naturally exists in our veins, flowing through our bodies inside our blood. It’s an essential substance that helps our body to build healthy cells. Too much cholesterol; however, can have the opposite effect, building up in our arteries and increasing your risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol Dangers

People who have high levels of cholesterol in their blood are at risk for many health problems, including heart disease (including heart attack) and stroke. What happens is the waxy substance starts to build up on the sides of your blood vessels. Over time, the build-up starts to affect how efficiently blood can pass through your veins. It may block it completely or come loose, forming a clot and causes a heart attack or stroke.

Who’s at Risk?

There are many studies that suggest a genetic link between cholesterol levels and heart health. If you have a family history of heart disease, it’s important for you to pay close attention to your cholesterol levels. A healthy diet, regular exercise, using heart healthy supplements, and yearly visits to your doctor are all things that you can do to help treat and prevent heart disease.

Types of Cholesterol 

So, the confusing thing is that there are two types of cholesterol, and one you actually need to support heart health. Once you understand how to identify the good over the bad, the easier it will be to make healthier choices for your heart.

HDL Cholesterol (Good) – Healthy levels may protect you against heart attack and stroke. HDL is responsible for carrying bad cholesterol away from the heart and depositing it in the liver for disposal.

LDL Cholesterol (Bad) – This is the type that leaves fatty build-ups in your arteries, causing them to narrow and lead to potentially life threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

Increasing Heart Health

Every choice you make towards improving your heart health makes a difference. Here are some examples of foods to focus on and avoid.

Food that are Heart Healthy – High HDL, Low LDL

  • Oats and barley
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Nuts (Walnuts, Peanuts, and Almonds)
  • Fatty Fish (Sardines, Mackerel, and Salmon)
  • Olive Oil
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Apples
  • Strawberries and Grapes
  • Okra
  • Eggplant
  • Soybeans

Food that are Not Heart Healthy – High LDL, Low HDL

  • Baked Sweets (Donuts, Cakes, Cookies, and Pastries)
  • Lard And Shortening
  • Most Fried Foods
  • Most Fast Foods
  • Whole Fat Dairy (Butter, Milk, Cheese, and Cream)
  • Fatty Red Meat
  • Highly Processed Meat
  • Fatty Poultry

It’s clear that there is a link between cholesterol levels and heart health. It may be hard at first to change your eating habits, but it gets easier the more you try. Nutritional supplements may help fill in gaps in your diet. For starters, try CholestPro or CholestePure by Professional Supplement Center.

What kinds of things do you do to increase your heart health? Tell us in the comments below.