From the Desk of Dr. Len
Digestive Enzymes for Digestive Problems
Dr. Len Lopez – Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Do you complain of bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn, or reflux? How about fatigue, allergies, sinuses, arthritis or acne? Maybe the problem is that we are not properly breaking down our food when we eat? Are you allowing your body to produce the necessary digestive juices (enzymes and hydrochloric acid) when you eat?
The functions of your digestive juices are to break down your food for proper absorption and utilization. As you age, you produce less digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL). More importantly, a lot of us are eating on the run, in the car, at our desk – which further inhibits the production of those important digestive juices.
Good health begins with good digestion. How do you expect to nourish and strengthen your body – if every time you eat, you get bloated and gassy, which is an obvious sign your digestive system is in need of help?
You can’t Sleep on the Run – so why are you Eating on the Run! When you sleep your body goes through various hormonal pathways to repair the ills of the day. The same is true when you eat – you calm the body down and give it a chance to produce those important enzymes and HCL so it can break-down and absorb your food.
Antacid and acid blocker help reduce your symptoms – but it doesn’t address the Cause. It’s that undigested food that is rotting, fermenting and putrefying in your tummy that is causing all the problems.
Just Because You Ate It – Doesn’t Mean You Absorbed It!
Eating raw food loaded with enzymes are helpful, but it’s when you eat protein and or packaged, processed foods, snack, or shakes that don’t have any enzymes that further the problem. More importantly, you can’t breakdown protein without HCL – so all you guys and gals eating more protein you need to look at possibly supplementing HCL or taking time to Sit, Eat and Relax.
A tell-tale sign of a lack of HCL is someone who gets bloated and gassy shortly after a protein rich meal. If the digestive problems begin an hour or so later, it’s more of a large intestine, yeast over-growth, fungus problem. This is when probiotics will be helpful.
For all you athletes and others who are swallowing more protein. By not producing enough HCL to break down all that protein you are paying for, could be the reason for your sticking point and digestive problems.
Anyway, if you struggle with digestive problems, grab some digestive enzymes to help ease your discomfort. If you are eating protein rich meals, make sure it has some HCL. Please remember there are certain precautions you need to take when supplementing with straight HCL. And if you have had your gallbladder removed you definitely want a digestive enzyme that also contains ‘ox bile.”
Let’s not forget to use good ‘food combining’ principles, and if you have had problems for a while, you may have created some food sensitivity issues that may also needs to be addressed. Use our online Health Quizzes to further your search for answers to your health questions.