From the Desk of Dr. Len
Why Digestive Enzymes?
Dr. Len Lopez – Thursday, September 17, 2015
First of all digestive enzymes are different than probiotics, so don’t get confused, because you may benefit from one or both of them depending on your current level of health and or diet.
If you’re struggling with bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn or any other digestive problem, you should think about adding digestive enzymes first, and or a good probiotic – depending on your history and symptoms.
Unfortunately, most people have been lead to believe most digestive problems are a result of too much acid, which is typically not the case.
If you look at the diet we’ve had for the past thousand or so years, you’ll notice that most of the food we ate had a good amount of enzymes in it. That’s because it was raw! Unfortunately, processed, refined, fast food, which may be a lot of what you eat, is void of digestive enzymes, which makes it harder for your body to breakdown and assimilate the nutrients in your food.
FYI – How do you expect to nourish and strengthen your body if you can’t breakdown and absorb the nutrients in your food? Just because you ate it – doesn’t mean you digested and absorbed it!
It’s that undigested food that rots and putrefy’s in your tummy that leads to so many digestive complaints. Yes, your body produces enzymes, but your body may be struggling with the high demand of enzymes you are always asking your small intestines and pancreas to produce every time you eat. Not to mention, how many of us eat on the run, in the car, in a hurry? If that’s you, you aren’t even allowing your digestive system to turn on so you can make the necessary enzymes and hydrochloric acid needed. This is exactly the time you need to supplement with a good digestive enzyme.
Your body can’t produce an endless supply of enzymes! You need to support your body and either add some fresh, raw foods to your diet, which are loaded with plant enzymes or add a good digestive enzyme to your diet. This is especially helpful when you eat a meal that is highly processed or on the go – even a good health bar typically doesn’t have enzymes.
As far as hydrochloric acid (HCL) goes. You Can’t Breakdown Protein Without HCL! It’s that simple. Most people typically don’t make enough acid….think about it – how many of us eat on the go, in a hurry, in the car, under stress? If that’s you – you’re not even giving your digestive system a chance to turn on and make HCL. So the real problem is undigested protein that becomes rancid in our tummy – that’s the problem and where HCL can help, especially if you are eating extra protein. .
FYI – If you get bloated and gassy, shortly after eating a protein rich meal, that’s a good sign that you probably need some additional HCL. If the digestive problems come an hour or so later – the problem is further down the digestive tract and probiotics would be helpful.
Apple Cider Vinegar has a history of helping with digestive problems, because (drum roll please) it is very ACIDIC! It helps breakdown protein. I prefer capsules over swallowing ACV.
Since I’m a fan of eating protein, I recommend finding a good digestive enzyme with HCL. Enzymes by themselves are great, but if you’re not making enough HCL and you’re eating protein rich meals, on the go – try adding some HCL to your supplement protocol.
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