About Digestive System Enzymes and Their Benefits

Is being sick necessary? What if all you really need is digestive system enzymes?Research has revealed that people with a chronic disease, or those individuals who have decreased energy levels are also found to have lower than average enzyme content in their urine, blood and tissues. Only recently has the direct relationship between a person’s enzyme levels and the the body showing disease states been understood in such depth. This makes researcher wonder, which could be the cause, and which is the effect? Now, this brought another big question on whether the enzyme levels were low because a person became sick or did the person become sick because their enzyme levels were low.

The answer to that question lead researchers to find something surprising. They replaced the “Old Concept” with a “New Concept.”Old Thought “My enzyme levels are low; therefore I am sick.”

New Evidence: “I am sick; therefore my enzyme levels are low.”

Therefore, reasoning tells us a person does not show a low enzyme content because they’re sick or ageing, instead, the real evidence tells researchers the reason a person may be sick or is aging really may be because of the low enzyme content in their body.

Why Are Enzymes So Important?

Because enzymes are essential elements to help maintain a healthy body, they are vitally important. You need Enzymes for your body to function properly; actually to really function at all. This makes them more important to health than the air you breath, or the water you drink. Even more important than the food you need to eat to stay alive. Why could this be?

It’s really pretty basic because without enzymes you wouldn’t be able to do these things, like breath, drink fluids, swallow, eat food, nor digest the food you eat. Your body needs assistance to do all these things and Enzymes help do the work for you. You must have a rich supply of enzymes to help perform these tasks. The conclusion: Enzymes are an absolute necessity to live.

You may also come to the conclusion that pure, plant-source enzymes are the most vital supplement anyone can take, for overall health and vitality. It doesn’t matter what the condition the body is dealing with, enzymes supply vital rebuilding and strengthening help. There is a definite difference in enzymes too.

To be effective, they need to properly formulated, potent and pure with no fillers. Some of the purest found, short of paying for an expensive consultation with an Enzyme Specialist to get therapeutic dosages, are from Enzyme Essentials and Transformations.

Testing to Measure Your Digestive Function Parameters

Question for Dr. Leia: I have never tried digestive enzymes, but am wondering if they might help me. Approximately 24 yrs ago I had bowel obstruction surgery that occurred close to the illeum. They removed 12 inches of small bowel. When I was an infant I had an intesuception of the small bowel and had surgery in which they removed some unknown amount of small bowel. Recently I have been experiencing bloating in my lower abdomen and extremely foul smelling gas. It is often difficult to be sociable because of this. I have gained about 25-30lbs over what I am comfortable weighing. This happened all of a sudden 2 yrs ago, even though I did not change my eating habits. I exercise 3-5 days each week and include aerobic and weight training each week. I eat healthy, avoid junk food, and have detoxed during the last year. I have been checked out by a gastroenterologist this summer. He did a colonoscopy, cat scan, and abdominal X-rays. I have been given a clean bill of health by him, but yet, I still have symptoms that go unexplained. I have begun to research things myself and this has caused me to wonder about enzymes. I’d appreciate any direction you could give me. Thank you.

Dr. Leia’s Answer: Small bowel surgery or resection can result in digestive challenges for the body, and requires diet modification in order to prevent malabsorption and symptoms associated with the small bowel removal, especially diarrhea, fluid losses or gains, weight fluctuations, nutrient, vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Even though you have only had 12 inches or 30 centimeters of small bowel removed, it would be wise to eat 5-6 small frequent meals rather than three large meals per day. Food should be chewed thoroughly. Also, it is important to limit your fat intake and decrease or stop simple sugar intake, which could cause bacterial fermentation in the intestines, possible responsible for the bloating and weight gain which is occurring. In addition, the bloating could be due to an imbalance in your electrolytes and also mineral deficiencies especially calcium and magnesium. Oral vitamin and mineral supplementation are also important, and possibly pancreatic enzyme and bile salt supplementation. Sometimes, in small bowel surgery, there is an increase production of gastric digestive enzyme production which could result in harm to the delicate mucosa of the intestines, so general supplementation of digestive enzymes may not be recommended without a thorough evaluation of your digestive enzyme levels. So be cautious when self-dosing with your digestive enzymes. There exist ways to measure your digestive function parameters by way of a comprehensive gastrointestinal analysis and nutritional status exam which can be ordered by your naturopathic doctor or natural health care practitioner or clinical nutritionist.

You can review the tests that are available: Blood, Saliva, and Stool Tests. These tests utilize blood, saliva, and stool samples to measure several different parameters which are important for proper gastrointestinal functioning and health. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be measured via blood testing also, and should be continually monitored by your doctor. Find a qualified Naturopathic doctor in your area, or suggest that your regular physician measures these parameters. This will give you more information and possibly help you determine a course to take. Make sure to read more about our lose weight fast, 6-in-1 weight loss program.