Forgotten Hero…Digestive Enzymes

Digestive Enzymes are often the forgotten heroes when people talk about gut health. Here at GutAid we want to shine the light back on them, exposing the massive impact and role they play in gut health. But first, let’s spend some time diving in to understand these little guys!

It is said 

“You are not necessarily what you eat, but what you can digest and absorb.” 

 

What are Digestive Enzymes? 

Digestive enzymes are a group of enzymes used by the body to break down macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) into their individual components to ensure proper digestion and absorption of these nutrients. 

The natural mechanisms and our body’s enzymes are the major components in breaking down the foods we eat. Where these natural processes are impaired, we may see disorders and symptoms occur.

There are thousands of enzymes in the body, but they can all be divided into two main categories: metabolic and digestive. 

  • Digestive enzymes break down foods into smaller components to digest and absorb.
  • Metabolic enzymes ensure the efficient running of the body through detoxification, immune function, energy production, and helping to repair damage.

When deficiencies in digestive enzymes occur, your body then draws on your metabolic enzymes, causing deficiencies and negatively impacting other functions of the body.

 

Signs of Digestive Enzymes Deficiency

The first sign that someone doesn’t produce enough digestive enzymes is disturbed digestion, such as burping, stomach pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea. And let’s be honest, we have all experienced these at some point, if not often!

When digestive enzymes have been lacking for a while, we then see symptoms become broader, like other deficiencies and food intolerances, just to name a couple. 

 

Different Enzymes, Different Nutrients

Our bodies are amazing; they contain many different types of enzymes that break down different types of nutrients that we consume. Here are a few of the main ones:

Benefits: 
  • Ensure nutrient absorption from foods and supplements. So basically, it’s a supercharger 🙂
  • Reduce or eliminate digestive symptoms such as cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea.
  • Supports elimination, which helps with gas and bloating, as it reduces the fermentation of food. I’m guessing you might know someone who might need this?
  • If someone experiences food sensitivities, it may allow for occasional indulgence by reducing or eliminating symptoms if taken at the same time as food.
  • Can be taken after someone has accidentally eaten foods that trigger them, i.e., gluten or dairy, which may reduce the severity of the symptoms they are experiencing. A lifesaver!
  • Important in gut healing treatments by aiding digestion, reducing stress on the digestive system, allowing it time to heal, and may reduce damage when “triggers” are accidentally eaten (which is always bound to happen).

 

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