The Real Role of Digestive EnzymesPrint
Picnics. Graduation parties. Trips to the shore. Summer fun has arrived and while the change is great for your mental health, it can take a toll on your digestive health, particularly as you get older.
“As a naturopathic doctor, I often help people optimize digestion,” says Melissa Josselson, ND. “If you suffer from digestive symptoms, such as bloating or indigestion, Res-Q All Essential Enzymes may be beneficial for you.”
Digestive enzymes support your body’s ability to digest food and obtain nutrients from it. Certain enzymes are present in raw foods, but these are reduced during the cooking process. We are born with the ability to produce digestive enzymes to help us break down food, but our bodies tend to make less of them as we age. Illnesses that damage the small intestine, such as celiac and Crohn’s diseases, as well as pancreatic conditions and even chronic stress can all hamper the body’s ability to produce the needed digestive enzymes.
If you lack the enzymes needed to properly break down the foods you eat, undigested food can build up in your colon, leading to health problems related to malabsorption of nutrients, as well as causing gas, bloating and intestinal discomfort. Other signs include feeling full after a few bites of food, floating stool and the sensation that you have a rock in your stomach.
Digestive enzymes may help prevent these things from happening. “If you’re looking to improve digestion and symptom relief, I recommend Res-Q All Essential Enzymes,” Josselson says. The product contains nine different digestive enzymes that promote the breakdown of protein, carbohydrates, fat, milk protein and lactose.
Enzymes should be taken within 30 minutes of a meal. Although probiotics and digestive enzymes work together, they should be taken at different times for the best results. Give it a week, and you should start to feel better if lack of digestive enzymes is at the root of your digestive problems. Have a healthy, safe, tasty summer!