As a nutritionist, I can really appreciate the saying, “you aren’t what you eat, you are what you absorb”. We can have a wonderful diet, but if our digestion is not working well, those wonderful nutrients won’t be making their way into our body where we need them. A critical part of that happening is our digestive enzymes. These are special proteins our body makes to break down nutrients (especially protein, fat and carbohydrates) into small enough forms for us to absorb them. These enzymes are very specific in what they work on, so we need a bunch of them.
What are some indictions that you might not be making enough digestive enzymes?
- Gas and bloating
- Feel like food is just sitting in your stomach
- Feel full for a while after eating
- Constipation. This is due to a number of problems, and getting enough water and fiber is really important here, but constipation indicates your digestion is moving really slow. If your whole digestive system is working slow, the signals that should happen at each step along the way are not very strong, including the ones to bring on good levels of enzymes.
So what are some of the main reasons why we aren’t making enough enzymes?
- Eating in a rush
- Eating really large meals
- Many medications, including antacids and anti-histamines
By taking Super Enzymes, you can help your digestion work better and get the nutrients out of your food.
This will likely help your symptoms as well. Since you want to use them to help digest food, take them with each meal. Many people have the hardest time with high protein meals, so it is particularly important to remember them then. Make sure to take a digestive enzyme with a variety of enzymes, since you need different ones to break down different nutrients. The enzymes should also have an indicator of how active each one is.
There are other things you may want to do to improve your digestion!
In addition to adding Super Enzymes to your wellness routine, I highly recommend including more fermented food in your diet for those wonderful probiotics. Take the time to smell your food and think about eating to get your digestive system going. Chewing your food starts that breakdown, and kick starts the rest of your digestion. Try to relax when you are eating so your nervous system gets out of stress mode and sends that energy and focus onto more “housekeeping” activities. I think all of these can be summarized by picking up the wonderful habit of really being mindful and enjoying our food!