Tummy Trouble? Part One
Food that is not broken down properly doesn’t just cause a stomachache; it causes future health problems! Undigested food putrefies and ferments in the stomach and is turned into a toxic substance which later passes from the blood into the tissues. And all without you even knowing about it!
From working with thousands of clients, I’ve discovered that dozens of health and energy problems stem from poor digestion. Here’s a short list: Mental fatigue, lack of concentration, memory loss, insomnia, nightmares, heartburn, gas, nausea, burping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, all types of allergies, gallstones, chronic indigestion, obesity, adult-onset diabetes, premature aging, arthritis, lowered immunity, cardiovascular disease, and poor hormone production.
This simple test from my book, Why Can’t I Lose Weight? will quickly help you understand how good your digestion currently is.
Check the following if it applies to you:
1. Do you ever burp after meals?
2. Do you get stomachaches?
3. Do you overeat regularly?
4. Do you need to take an antacid after every meal?
5. Do you have indigestion regularly?
6. Do you often have heartburn or reflux?
7. Do you have gas or bloating after meals?
8. Do you have constipation or diarrhea?
9. Do you experience fatigue after eating?
10. Do you suffer from allergies?
11. Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
12. Do you have greasy or poorly-formed stools?
If you answered yes to even one of these symptoms, you may have trouble with your stomach and digestion.
How Digestion Works
The stomach is the first stage of digestion. As your stomach mixes food, it releases acidic digestive juices, which help break down foods. I have found that as people improve their digestion, they find weight loss easy and natural. Food cravings and hunger are closely linked to digestive problems.
What’s a Digestive Enzyme?
Enzymes are a type of protein that help to digest, absorb, transport, metabolize, and eliminate waste. One of the most important jobs of enzymes is to digest our food, making it so small that it can pass through the minute openings of the intestines into the bloodstream. Good enzyme supplements are wonderful for improving digestion, but they also contribute to other health benefits.
Types of Enzymes
Our bodies contain literally thousands of enzymes. The most common of these are: protease, amylase and lipase.
Protease digests protein. After taking them, most people notice a decrease in symptoms of gas, constipation, or indigestion. Protease can also digest certain bacteria and viruses. And proteolytic enzymes are also used for inflammation associated with arthritis and sports injuries. Generally, signs of inflammation and pain are reduced with these enzymes.
Amylase digests carbohydrates, and is quite helpful for people who have trouble digesting complex carbohydrates. Amylase is an enzyme that can help diabetics to handle sugars and starches. It also helps with skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.
Lipase digests fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Many overweight people are deficient in this enzyme. Lipase can help prevent high cholesterol and triglycerides, weight gain, and heart disease, and is a supportive enzyme for the liver and gallbladder.
How Are Enzymes Destroyed?
All cooked foods totally lack enzymes! Enzymes are heat sensitive, so cooking foods over 118°F. destroys these vital enzymes. This includes cooking, baking, frying, and microwaving. Cooking doesn’t improve the nutritional value of food. It destroys or makes unavailable 85 percent of the original nutrients.
Less Enzymes Means More Fat!
Most Americans live on a diet that is 99 percent cooked foods completely free from enzymes. The average family spends as little as $1 or $2 a week on fresh produce. Eating plenty of raw foods takes the stress off the endocrine system. A diet of cooked foods causes glands to become over-stimulated. This causes oversecretion of hormones, overeating, and obesity.
Your Enzyme Bank Account
We are born with a certain number of enzymes or an enzyme bank. Using up our digestive enzymes hinders our ability to make metabolic enzymes. That means we are pulling on our “reserves,” and once these are gone—well, let’s put it this way—we’re gone! The body calls on enzymes from other parts of the body to finish the job. This can weaken your body and make it vulnerable to disease.
Replenish Your Account
A well-balanced supplement will contain protease, amylase, and lipase. Enzyme supplements are safe, and they can even help reduce your need for certain vitamin and mineral supplementation. In my office I use professional enzymes which all contain protease, amylase and lipase called Multizyme. Other enzymes that I carry that also contain these enzymes are Enzycore for gluten issues or Gastrex for acid reflux issues.
Next week, look for part two of this series where I will talk about the importance of hydrochloric acid.
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Adapted from the book, Why Can’t I Lose Weight? By Lorrie Medford Copyright 2011 All rights reserved.
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