The occasional digestive problems we all seem to experience – upset stomach, gas, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea or constipation – may be directly related to a lack of digestive enzymes. If you are looking for a natural digestive aid to help relieve your symptoms, digestive enzyme supplements could be the answer.
Digestive enzymes are natural substances found in foods, while our bodies produce others. Each of them plays a role in breaking down the food we eat, in order to make their nutrients available. There are a number of reasons why our bodies are missing these naturally occurring enzymes, and why we may need digestive enzyme supplements to replace them.
Here’s the problem: the heat from cooking or commercial processing essentially destroys food enzymes. Enzyme cells present in raw food are broken down by chewing, making the food’s nutrients more accessible. But how many of us eat enough raw food? Digestive enzyme supplements can help replace the natural plant enzymes missing from your diet. Unless you’re eating plenty of uncooked, nutritious food, your system probably needs them!
But what about the body’s own enzymes? Normally, they work like this: The amylase enzyme in saliva, stimulated by the sight, smell and taste of food, starts the food breakdown process. The stomach introduces other kinds of enzymes to pre-digest the food before it goes into the small intestine, where the pancreatic enzymes finish off most of what’s left.
One of the body’s enzymes, protease, is critical for breaking down (hydrolyzing) proteins. Hydrolyzed protein releases essential amino acids and helps carry calcium in the blood. A lack of protease can cause moodiness and insomnia, and it can weaken the immune system. (Protease is often a key ingredient of digestive enzyme supplements, such as Ultra-Zymes™ by Healthy Choice Naturals.)
Unfortunately, as we grow older the body slows down its production of digestive enzymes. Bloating, cramping and other digestive discomforts happen more often. It doesn’t seem fair, but it’s true. In addition, if you have been on a steady diet of processed and cooked foods, your system has been struggling all along to nourish itself. You probably know the side effects of this all too well – occasional gas pains, indigestion, even an inability to control your weight can result.
It’s not just the discomfort of heartburn, irregularity, and other symptoms of indigestion that are caused by a lack of food enzymes. Over time, the absence of digestive food enzymes takes a toll on the entire digestive system, making it difficult to absorb the nutrients you need to stay healthy overall. It’s easy to see how food that is just sitting in your stomach or intestines for hours, or even days, could make you feel sick, and contribute to potentially serious health problems.
The reality is that most of us are not prepared to radically change to a mostly uncooked diet, and we can’t stop the years from rolling by. Ultra-Zymes are a natural way to support your digestive system. They provide an array of digestive enzymes that work to help you digest protein, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber.
We know that the body needs digestive enzymes, and it’s logical to conclude that the typical modern ways of preparing food may be depriving us of these enzymes. Throw in the inevitability of advancing age, and it makes sense to try digestive enzyme supplements for relief from digestive upset.