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Digestive Enzymes and Overall Health

DigestiveEnzymes-Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The gastrointestinal system, commonly referred to as the gut, plays a major role in the health and wellbeing of the entire body. While the primary role of the digestive system is the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, the gut also serves as a communication center for the brain, and is home to the microbiome, a diverse community of flora that plays a vital role in fighting disease and maintaining health. Digestion is one of the most critical and energy consuming functions of the human body. Energy is utilized for the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food for assimilation of vitamins and nutrients, and for the movement of food throughout the entire 30-foot-long digestive tract.

Complete digestion of an average meal varies between individuals and between men and women. In general, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through the stomach and the small intestine. An additional day or two furthers digestion and water absorption in the large intestine before waste is eliminated. As different foods are processed at different rates, its likely our bodies are in a constant state of digestion. Is it any wonder then, that most of us experience uncomfortable digestive issues on occasion? The inability to completely digest foods can lead to uncomfortable digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and problems with elimination.

For some, this can be a sign of a serious underlying medical condition, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). For many others stress, low-grade inflammation, infections, allergies, dysbiosis, food intolerances, poor diet, or simply aging may lead to improper digestion and nutrient malabsorption. Essential for whole body wellness, a properly working digestive system allows food to be broken down into small, usable molecules for complete nutrient absorption without intestinal discomfort. By some estimates, more than 100 million Americans appear to have digestive issues that impact their ability to properly digest their food, preventing adequate nutrient assimilation.

In order to break down food effectively and efficiently, a sufficient supply of digestive enzymes is necessary. Enzymes are specialized proteins that function as catalysts, accelerating the rate of metabolic processes and cellular reactions, including digestion and metabolism. Specific digestive enzymes produced by the stomach, pancreas, small intestine and salivary glands, target particular molecules in foods. These enzymes break down proteins into amino acids, fats into fatty acids and glycerol and starches and sugars into glucose; they address other components such as gluten and casein as well. When digestive enzymes are in short supply, the body cannot fully digest and absorb the nutrients contained in food.

It’s clear that poor diet, unbalanced gastrointestinal flora and reduced digestive enzymes can wreak havoc on both the digestive and immune systems. Ideally, our bodies should be able to produce the enzymes we need. However, factors such as leaky gut, inflammation, food sensitivities, toxins, chronic stress, genetics and aging can all lead to inadequacies in digestive enzymes. Although foods, especially vegetables and fruits, contain enzymes needed for healthy digestion, cooking, processing and preserving diminishes nutrients and destroys naturally occurring enzymes. Chronic stress is a very common reason for digestive enzyme deficiency, as it keeps our bodies in “fight or flight” mode as opposed to “rest and digest” mode, which means digestive function is minimalized.

With aging, we often have reduced amounts of gastric, pancreatic and other digestive system secretions. Those who frequently seek relief from OTC medications for symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, gas, or poor elimination may not realize that their digestive distress is often the result of impaired digestion. Contrarily, digestive enzymes can minimize digestive distress, lower the amount of energy needed to transform the foods we ingest into small absorbable molecules and maximize nutritional absorption. To support optimal health and wellness, eat a high fiber, low processed food diet, reduce and manage stress, stay active, and maintain a healthy gut. Supplementing with high quality, well-researched digestive enzymes can play a key role in working with the body’s own natural processes to fortify digestive health and optimize overall wellbeing.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support digestive and overall health:

Plant Digestive...Plant Digestive Enzyme Formula by Designs for Health®: This high ORAC value proprietary digestive enzyme blend provides support for protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion, as well as relief of digestive distress after meals. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Digest Gold™ With...Digest Gold® with ATPro by Enzymedica: This top selling, potent digestive enzyme formula assists in the digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibers. Digest Gold® is designed and recommended for individuals who want to fully benefit from the nutrients they consume, decrease the amount of energy the body uses for digestion, increase metabolic enzyme potential and support all bodily functions. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO, kosher vegetarian formulation.

 

Full Spectrum...Full Spectrum Digestion by Theramedix: This professional formulation provides a broad range of digestive enzymes selected for their ability to breakdown and absorb carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and fibers within the varying pH levels of the digestive tract. This product is Non-GMO and vegetarian, and contains no fillers, artificial ingredients, or preservatives.

 

Pancreatin 10X UltraPancreatin 10X Ultra by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This professional pH sensitive specialty nutrition formula provides high potency, naturally occurring, porcine sourced pancreatic enzymes for enhanced digestion and assimilation of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

References:
Digestion: How long does it take? https://www.mayoclinic.org/digestive-system/expert-answers/faq-20058340
The Aging Digestive System: Maintaining Gut Health As You Age. https://www.agingcare.com/articles/the-aging-digestive-system-maintaining-gut-health-as-you-age-211926.htm
Your Gut Feeling: A Healthier Digestive System Means a Healthier You. https://med.nyu.edu/medicine/gastro/about-us/gastroenterology-news-archive/your-gut-feeling-healthier-digestive-system-means-healthier
Digestive Issues. http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/digestive-issues
Benefits of Digestive Enzymes. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-digestive-enzymes-6751.html

Got Belly Bloat?

bellybloatJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

We’ve all been there, some of us more frequently than others. Many have experienced that uncomfortable feeling of fullness, where all one can do is crawl to the couch and wait for the feeling to pass. Bloating is a very common complaint among both adults and children, as up to 30% of Americans report experiencing bloating regularly. For some, it may simply be a case of indigestion brought on by overindulgence in food or drink. For others, underlying medical conditions may be the root cause of belly bloat. However, there are many common causes for belly distension and that overstuffed, somewhat painful bloated feeling.

Often times, though uncomfortable and slightly embarrassing, bloating is caused by gas in the digestive tract. This can be the result of too much swallowed air, sometimes brought on by eating too quickly. It can also be the result of the normal breakdown of certain foods in the large intestine. Normally, symptoms will resolve themselves within a few hours. Of course, there are certain health conditions that result in symptoms of gastric distress, including food allergies, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and gastrointestinal and autoimmune disorders. However, excessive gas may often be the result of inadequate protein digestion, or the inability to break down sugars and carbs that require certain enzymes to be fully digested, or dysbiosis, an imbalance of beneficial vs. deleterious gut bacteria.

If along with bloating you experience unexplained weight loss, severe abdominal pain, or fever, it’s best to seek a medical consultation.

Some simple changes can provide relief for that gassy, sometimes painful feeling:

  • Rule out common allergies such as lactose, fructose, eggs, wheat and gluten
  • Avoid swallowing air by eliminating carbonated beverages, don’t gobble down your meal on the run, and stop using a straw while drinking
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, including xylitol and sorbitol, which contain sugar alcohols that can cause gas and bloating
  • Avoid dehydration and constipation by drinking plenty of water
  • Include high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains daily to avoid constipation that can exacerbate bloating symptoms
  • Get regular exercise to keep your digestive system moving along
  • Stop eating when you are 80% full or eat 4 small meals daily as opposed to 3 meals with larger portions
  • Consider digestive enzymes to support the complete digestion of certain food components
  • A daily probiotic can help get intestinal microflora on the right track to improve the gut environment and reduce gas and bloating

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products that support healthy digestion:

Digest Gold™ With ATPro by EnzymedicaDigest Gold™ with ATPro by Enzymedica – This potent broad spectrum digestive enzyme formula assists in the digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber. These enzymes decrease the amount of energy the body uses for digestion, reducing stress on the digestive system and freeing up energy for other systems including the immune, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous system. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Digestive Enzymes Ultra w/ HCl by Pure EncapsulationsDigestive Enzymes Ultra w/HCI by Pure Encapsulations – This combination formula provides vegetarian digestive enzymes along with betaine HCI for optimal digestive support and the normal breakdown of proteins, peptides, fats and polysaccharides. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

UltraFlora® Balance (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT) by Metagenics®UltraFlora® Balance by Metagenics – This very popular nutraceutical formula provides pure and highly viable probiotic strains for multiple levels of intestinal support and healthy digestive function. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics Professional Formula by Dr. Ohhira's, Essential Formulas Inc.Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Professional Formula by Dr. Ohhira’s Essential Formulas –  This truly unique professional formula provides 12 synergistic strains of probiotics to promote and improve the gut environment and support healthy immune and inflammatory responses. Room temperature shelf stability makes this formula a perfect travel companion. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO vegan formula.

 

References:
A Taxonomy of Tummy Bloating: Your Symptoms Explained. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2012/11/21/a-taxonomy-of-tummy-bloating
11 Proven Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Bloating. https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-ways-to-reduce-bloating/
Controlling Intestinal Gas. http://iffgd.org/symptoms-causes/intestinal-gas.html