We’ve all experienced the occasional symptoms of eating too much. They’re uncomfortable and can be socially unpleasant. So why does this happen? Possibly more often than we’d like?
Enzymes. Or rather, lack of enzymes.
Here’s a quick review on digestion:
It starts with chewing. The more you chew, the more saliva you produce and the easier it is for your body to break down carbohydrates. Thank you amylase enzymes! As you swallow, the digestive process continues. Once your stomach acid reaches the right level, about 45 minutes for a healthy adult, pepsin is released to start breaking down any proteins you may have consumed, like beef and chicken, yum!
But here’s the finicky nature of enzymes.
- They don’t like temperatures above 118° so cooking, steaming, baking, and microwaving will kill these good “guys”
- Stomach acid. I know it sounds negative, but the right pH is necessary for breakdown of your food. Stomach acid depletes as we get older and other lifestyle factors contribute as well. So, what can be done to improve digestion and relieve the symptoms that result when the body cannot produce adequate amounts of stomach acid? The answer is enzymes. Digestion can be improved with food enzymes that “predigest” food in the stomach.
Four plant enzyme groups exist:
- Proteases – break long protein chains into smaller amino acid chains and eventually into single amino acids (protein)
- Amylases – reduce polysaccharides to disaccharides: lactose, maltose, and sucrose (sugars)
- Lipases – break triglycerides into individual fatty acids and glycerol (fats)
- Cellulases – digest specific carbohydrates found in fiber (carbs)
It is assumed, quite mistakenly, that digestion occurs automatically and the correction of a nutritional disorder simply requires matching the right nutritional supplement to the condition. For example, vitamin C for colds, vitamin A for viruses and herbal laxatives for constipation. While this treatment may relieve patient symptoms, the relief is only temporary because the underlying problem of faulty digestion is ignored. Enzymes can enhance the digestion of food and the delivery of nutrients. Enzymes are present in all living animal and plant cells. They are the primary motivators of all natural biochemical processes.
If you suffer from any inflammatory disorder, it is likely that your immune problems are associated with inadequate digestion. It is becoming increasingly apparent that chronic degenerative diseases (chronic inflammatory states) are evidence of food enzyme deficiency. Life cannot exist without enzymes. Stop your stomach’s retaliation, give your body a break, click here for help.