Digestive Enzymes

What are digestive enzymes and do I really need them if I’m getting lots of Probiotics?

First off, probiotics are healthy bacteria which live in your gut (stomach, small and large intestine). Digestive enzymes as there name states, are enzymes which are a necessary part of the digestive process and yes you still need them if you are getting lots of foods which contain Probiotics.  It seems that Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, Vitamins and Minerals all work in harmony for a healthy system. Here are some images of what digestive enzymes look like.

Digestive-Enzyme

This is my interpretation of what a happy healthy digestive enzyme looks like.

TEV_protease_summary

Here is the image of a Protease (digestive enzyme for proteins) from wiki. You can see the reference link to it below.

So your young healthy body actually produces Digestive Enzymes to help you digest the food which you consume to fuel your body. Your salivary glands in your mouth produce saliva which should contain amylase and lipase. Your stomach adds to this pepsin(a protease) and another type of lipase to help continue the digestive process. Your pancreas then adds a host of digestive enzymes which includes lipase and several different proteases and a few others. Finally your small intestine gets into the act by adding sucrase, lactase and maltase.

These digestive enzymes that we produce are responsible for breaking down the foods we eat into micro particles which our system can absorb. Depending on what we shove in to our pie hole, it can have either a positive or negative effect on all our bodily systems. If you are eating a majority of processed foods which contain little or no beneficial nutrients (some refer to as dead food), your digestive system needs to work harder trying to get the correct nutrients.  This in return reduces the necessary nutritionally beneficial components that your body needs to produce these digestive enzymes. What results, is a system which can no longer produce an adequate supply of digestive enzymes and other enzymes needed to keep us healthy.

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Here is a list of 11 foods which are high in enzymes. You may wish to add some or all to your eating regime.

  1. Avocado
  2. Papaya
  3. Pineapple
  4. Garlic
  5. Ginger root
  6. Sprouts
  7. Wheat grass juice
  8. Coconut
  9. Flaxseed
  10. Spirulina
  11. Cucumber

Unfortunetly due to aging and having poor eating habits over the years, our digestive systems are not quite working the way they should be. Some find that it is necessary to add a digestive enzyme supplement to their diet to help them get their digestive system back to where it is operating more efficiently. You can check out your local health food store for a variety of supplements which could benefit you.

We are currently taking a diet supplement which contains the following Enzyme blend. Amylase powder, Protease powder, Lipease powder, Glucoamylase powder, Papin powder, Cellulase powder and Bromelain powder. Both Judy and I have noticed increased energy levels as well as I have had to add extra holes in my belt to make it tighter(my pants and shorts are loser). If you would like to know a little more about what we are taking, check out the following link(*)- Skinny Body Max!.

Happy eating!

References

http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/the-importance-of-enzymes.html

http://www.return2health.net/articles/riseand-fall-digestive-enzymes/

“TEV protease summary” by Thomas Shafee – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TEV_protease_summary.png#mediaviewer/File:TEV_protease_summary.png

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Neil is usually busy every day with personal development. This entails sipping coffee while reading some inspirational book, then doing some prayerful meditation. Or was that meditative pray, anyways it really looks like he is just snoozing. He will then be doing some form of research to create some insightful content.

 

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