What Digestive Enzymes Do
Some people live to eat, while others eat to live.
No matter which category you fall into, did you know eating actually serves a higher purpose?
Foods we eat have value. Food provides energy and fuels the systems of the body with vital minerals and vitamins.
Digestive enzymes are the filters through which all the nutrients are extracted from food.
Without digestive enzymes, food would go back out the way it came.
Without digestive enzymes food would have no value.
A Closer Look at Digestive Enzymes
Each digestive enzyme plays an important, unique role.
Protease is responsible for breaking down proteins.
- Proteins are made up of amino acids which are bonded by peptides. Protease break the peptides freeing the amino acids.
- We need amino acids to build muscle, tissue, organs, skin and hair.
Lactese is the enzyme that breaks down milk sugar, called lactose.
- Lactose intolerance is common and can be alleviated by removing dairy from the diet or supplementing with lactese.
Lipase breaks down fat.
- Undigested fat is one of the biggest causes of abdominal discomfort.
- Without lipase the body will also miss out on fat soluble vitamins including vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Amylase enables carbohydrates to properly digest.
- Undigested carbs will begin to ferment in your gut causing unpleasant gas and bloating.
Cellulase is not produced naturally in the body, but can be added via supplement.
- If you experience gas and bloating after eating high fiber foods adding cellulase may help you pass those food more easily.
- Fiber is an essential nutrient and should not be avoided altogether, but it does not have to wreak havoc on your gut.
Aging And Digestive Enzymes
Enzymes aid the body in completing proper digestion. Without them, you will miss out on important nutrients, which could cause more severe health problems in the future.
As we age, our bodies can begin to produce fewer digestive enzymes, which means you may start passing undigested foods.
Without the help of digestive enzymes, you may experience symptoms including gas, bloating, diarrhea, and cramping. Digestive complications are uncomfortable, painful and often embarrassing.
Getting Relief from Symptoms
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, it’s possible that a lack of digestive enzymes is to blame.
The first step to determine the cause of your symptoms is trial by elimination. You have to figure out what foods – or kinds of foods – are triggering symptoms.
For instance, refrain from eating dairy for two weeks. After two weeks, slowly incorporate it back into your diet. See what happens. If you do experience discomfort, try a supplement and see if that helps.
When it comes to figuring out your gut health, it definitely takes patience. If you do have health concerns, we recommend speaking with an expert or your health care provider.
Figuring out gut health can be complicated, but with perseverance and help, the complications can be managed and the aggravating symptoms can be treated.