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Enzymes Digestion

One of the main issues I see on an extremely repeated basis is that of poor digestion. Often clients who eat well, who even eat organic foods, show up as malnourished under the metabolism category of the BodyScan results. Optimal digestion depends upon the availablility of enzymes. When enzyme function is insufficient, one interim resource to relieve indigestion is to take a good quality enzyme supplement. A few years ago I came across a very complete enzyme that did wonders for aiding in the digestion of the majority of food groups. Now, let me preface this by saying that if you haven’t been able to eat nuts since the age of 12 without inducing anaphylactic shock, I’m NOT condoning the use of an enzyme in place of common sense! For general digestive assistance, an enzyme which includes the following is recommended:

Protease (for protein digestion)

Lipase (for ingesting fats)

Amylase (for carbohydrates)

Lactase (milk sugars)

Invertase (breaks down sucrose)

alpha-Galactosidase (beans, gas producing foods)

Pectinase (fruits, vegetables, foods with pectin)

Phytase (for seeds and grains)

My second suggestion to assist with digestion is “food combining.” Of course it isn’t a new idea, but I used to find this idea intimidating until I found a very simplified approach that covers the basics. The first rule: Fruit should be eaten by itself, followed by two hours before ingesting other foods, which makes this an ideal first morning entrée. Now if you begin the day pretty early, you may want a mid-morning nourishment to get through to lunch. The rest of the day involves juggling foods with time frames as follows:

  • Protein is best digested when eaten prior to2 p.m.
  • Carbs can be eaten with vegetables, but then wait three hours before eating any protein or fruit.
  • Protein can be eaten with vegetables, but then you should wait four hours before eating carbohydrates or fruits.
  • Either carbohydrates or proteins can be eaten with legumes, (not proteins and carbs at the same time, of course,) which would include nut butters with carbohydrates, or a.k.a. peanut butter with bread or crackers, but sans jelly!
  • Dairy? Not recommended. Drink water.
  • Best to keep sugar and white flour products to a minimum.

I have clients reporting that by utilizing these suggestions they have reduced their gas, reflux, bloating and general indigestion. Additionally, clients taking the recommended enzyme, while also complying with the food combination techniques, have found tremendous results.

Other important tips would be to only drink warm or room temperature water/beverage because cold drinks constrict the muscles contractions assisting the food throughout the alimentary canal (peristalsis), and to only drink a very minimal amount fluid with a meal. Drinking cold drinks and drinking too much fluid reduces the effect of the enzymes at work to break down the food.

And finally, those countries touting the benefits of a siesta after a meal are not wrong. Eating when rushed or upset prevents the body from shifting into the parasympathetic nervous system which is necessary for the body to most utilize the enzymes, and enhances optimal peristalsis, therefore avoiding chronic constipation, flatulence, heartburn and other common digestive discomforts and symptoms.


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