When someone eats mainly foods from a box or can, is fond of “C” beverages—Coke, coffee and Coors–is on a first-name basis with the staff at McDonald’s and wouldn’t know a fresh fruit or vegetable if it jumped up and bit them in the derriere, it’s no surprise to hear them say they have health problems.
After all, like your Mother told you, you are what you eat. And if you eat (and drink) garbage, well, it won’t be long before you feel like garbage.
But what about the person who tries to be very careful with their diet?
The one who takes the time to cook meals from scratch and would rather starve than go through the drive-thru at Mickey D’s or eat airplane food.
Why on earth would they be sick?
Well, one BIG possibility is a digestive enzyme deficiency.
You see, even though digestive enzymes work to break down the specific chemical bonds in the foods you eat, their work goes WAAAYYY beyond that.
And if they’re not doing all they should because there are too few of them, this can affect your health from head to toe.
Here’s what I mean—let’s take a closer look at these little enzyme “dynamos” inside of you:
Proteases are the enzymes that digest proteins.
Now, most proteins are acidic. So when you have too FEW proteases in your system to break down proteins so they can be absorbed into your bloodstream, this can actually lead to too MUCH alkalinity in your blood. And that can cause anxiety and insomnia.
Plus, protein is needed to transport calcium in your blood. So without the proteases to break the protein down, the calcium can’t get where it needs to be. That means you can be encouraging calcium deficient diseases like osteoporosis as well as arthritis.
Protein is also changed into glucose (energy) as needed. So poor protein digestion can lead to hypoglycemia, moodiness and irritability.
Do any of those symptoms sound like you? Never dreamed it could be related to enzymes, did you?
Amylases digest carbs and dead white blood cells (also known as pus). So when you’re low in amylases you are susceptible to abscesses (inflamed, swollen collections of pus).
Amylase also helps fight inflammation, especially where the hormone histamine is involved. So being low in amylase can worsen skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives, reactions to bug bites and herpes.
Asthma and emphysema can even be exacerbated by an amylase deficiency.
I bet you never dreamed asthma attacks or rashes could have anything to do with amylase, did you?
Hmmm. Let’s see what else may be going on.
Since lipases digest fats, lipase deficient people have a tendency toward high cholesterol, high triglycerides, difficulty losing weight and diabetes.
Are those concerns for you too?
People low in lipase also have decreased cell permeability, meaning that a kind of “brick wall” is built around your cells–so essential nutrients can’t get in and wastes can’t get out. This causes toxin build-up and a variety of nutrient deficiencies that vitamins can’t help you with.
So you can diet until the cows come home or pop vitamins like crazy, but if you’re low in lipases, you’ve likely failed before you start.
Cellulases break down the fiber you eat.
Of all the enzymes, cellulase deficiency causes the widest variety of health challenges and can especially affect your intestinal and cardiovascular health.
Lacking cellulase can lead to problems with your pancreas as well gas, cramps and bloating.
Have you been bloated recently?
Your body doesn’t produce cellulase, so you must get it through fresh fruits and vegetables or supplemental sources.
But why on earth would I be running low?
The most common cause of enzyme deficiency is having a less-than-stellar diet like I described above. When you regularly feed your body junk, it must go into enzyme overdrive to handle the onslaught.
Eating hard to digest meals is also a very common cause.
When you eat meals that are difficult for your body to break down, you end up expending way more enzymes than Nature intended you to. And contrary to what many people think, there is not an endless sea of enzymes inside of you.
Sooner or later your body may have difficulty producing enough.
Another possibility is a challenge with your pancreas and/or gallbladder. The pancreas is your “Grand Central Station” of enzymes and if it’s not working right, chances are excellent you’re not getting the enzymes you need.
Plus without proper action on the part of your gallbladder to concentrate bile from your liver, fat digestion may be a challenge for you.
Using antacids and acid reducers is another reason. When you cripple your body’s ability to produce stomach acid, your pancreas has to “pick up the slack” and secrete even MORE enzymes to try to compensate for what the stomach didn’t do.
And unfortunately, as we age we can run low in enzymes. That’s why many elderly people who never had GI problems in their lives all of a sudden start having digestive troubles.
So what do you do now?
Now that enzyme deficiency is not this strange thing that “happens to someone else” but instead may have a familiar face for you, you can see just how important enzymes are.
And how devastating it can be to your health without them.
The good news is that no matter how deficient in enzymes you may be, you CAN take the bull by the horns and help your body along with these three important measures:
1- Rule out any problems with your pancreas or gallbladder
First and foremost, it’s important to see your doctor to rule out any physical issues with your pancreas and/or gallbladder that might require medical attention.
2- Eat food sources of enzymes and help conserve yours
There’s no getting around it—in order to ensure your body has the levels of enzymes you need, you must eat foods that are sources of—not depleters of—precious enzymes.
I’m talking about fresh fruits and vegetables.
And if you want tasty ways to enjoy these enzyme-rich foods, let Great Taste No Pain show you what to do.
Great Taste No Pain will show you how to structure delicious meals that are easier on your system to break down and feature many enzyme-loaded foods that will not only taste fantastic but help conserve your enzyme supply and keep you feeling good!
And get this—if you’re on acid reducers or antacids, eating this way can quite possibly help eliminate the need for those medications too!
Now if you’re gluten sensitive, I’ve got you covered too. Great Taste No Gluten is for you instead:
You’ll get the same meal structuring advice as in Great Taste No Pain, plus guides for keeping gluten out of your life and a collection of scrumptious gluten free recipes.
3- Supplement with a high quality digestive enzyme supplement
Digestizol Max can also be a huge help with enzyme deficiencies.
Its super-potent blend of enzymes targets a broad range of foods, including proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, fats and fibers in your diet.
When you take Digestizol Max with meals, its 14 plant-derived enzymes help break down all of your foods completely just as Nature intended. This encourages more smooth digestion as well as improvements in the enzyme-related health problems I mentioned up above.
But that’s not all!
Digestizol Max also includes a carefully formulated blend of five of nature’s best herbal solutions to help calm your system:
1. Peppermint oil: Modern studies indicate that peppermint oil can help ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) including abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
2. Ginger: This antioxidant herb is known for its digestion-aiding properties. It can help fight diarrhea, ease nausea, ease IBS symptoms, protect against ulcers and support overall intestinal health.
3. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): This herb helps settle the stomach, ease gas problems, alleviate inflammatory conditions, relieve heartburn and prevent diarrhea.
4. Cayenne Pepper (capsicum): This widely used herb supports tissues lining the stomach and intestines and can help with flatulence.
5. Rooibos/Red Tea (Aspalathus linearis): Rooibos is gaining considerable attention as a high level antioxidant. Researchers believe it can also provide anti-spasmodic effects that lessen painful gas cramps.
Don’t run the risk of enzyme-related health problems creeping up on you. Give your body a little help and make sure your enzyme supply is all it needs to be, and I’m sure you’ll see the difference in how you feel very soon.