Enzymes and Probiotics-For Maximum Digestion
With our high stress and fast paced lifestyle, it’s hard to digest the best of foods much less the high caloric, processed, and sugar laden foods that are so prevalent in our modern diet. This stressful way of living brings on lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, so now more than ever it is important to watch what we eat and how we digest our foods.
A few things we can do to help with digestion is to eat at the table in a relaxed atmosphere, and eat ‘real’ foods – foods that are grown in the ground and not made in the lab. And avoid highly processed foods!
Another important way to help our body’s digestion is with Enzymes and Probiotics. They go hand in hand, working together to help us break down the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into micronutrients that the body can absorb and utilize.
Enzymes break down whole foods into simpler components the body can use for energy. Without enzymes, we could not digest the foods we eat. If our bodies are not digesting the foods properly, it can cause some food allergies and inflammation. And chronic inflammation causes most of our lifestyle diseases.
There are many enzymes that help with digestion but the major three are amylase, protease, and lipase. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates and the amylase in your saliva starts breaking down Carb’s in the mouth. Pancreatic secretions also contain amylase.
Protease enzymes break down proteins. There are many proteolytic enzymes in the plant world. Protein digestion begins in the stomach with the action of the protease, pepsin. The stomach’s acidic environment activates this enzyme. Pepsin is then deactivated as it moves into a more alkaline environment in the intestine. Some enzymes that are plant based still breakdown proteins in the intestinal tract. It is so important to break down proteins properly so that the amino acids can do their work.
Finally, lipase digests fats. Lipase helps to burn fat, to clean up the blood, and unused lipase scan be stored in the liver to be used when necessary. Lipase helps with cholesterol and weight-loss.
Probiotics have about a thousand different tasks they perform in the body and one of those tasks is to help make “K” and “B” vitamins. Importantly, probiotics keep the intestinal tract in optimal shape so it is able absorb all those micronutrients that our enzymes have broken-down.
The best Probiotics I have ever found are Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. One of the best enzymes is Digest Gold by Enzymedica. Take the probiotics on an empty stomach and the digestive enzymes while eating a meal.
Take these regularly and you are on your way to maximizing your digestion and insuring good health.
By Gayle Pruitt- CN, Best Selling Author
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