Why do I need a digestive enzyme?

We all need digestive enzymes to break down the food we eat and extract the nutrients. Each of our digestive systems is unique and most people could benefit from digestive enzyme supplementation.

If you find you are gassy or bloated, that is an indication that the food is fermenting in your gut, not digesting properly.  Adding a good enzyme mix can help with this problem.

Food enzymes are introduced to the body through the raw foods we eat and through consumption of supplemental enzyme products.  Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested.  However, raw food contains only enough enzymes to digest that particular food.

When foods are cooked or processed, the enzymes that occur naturally in the food are destroyed. Since the modern diet consists primarily of cooked or processed foods, we rely on the digestive enzymes that our bodies manufacture to help us break down our meals.

We all normally produce both metabolic and digestive enzymes. As we age, our bodies produce fewer of the enzymes that we need.

There are many different kinds of enzymes, and they each have a specific purpose. Sometimes people simply have a deficiency of a certain types of enzyme. This is why food intolerances occur. For example, lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase.

The good news is that studies have shown that by supplementing your diet with the right combination of digestive enzymes, you can take meaningful steps to improve and maintain your digestive health.* The result may be improved regularity, less digestive discomfort, and better assimilation of vital nutrients.*

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About drgaryk

Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine who provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness. Gary’s guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not to chase symptoms. He focuses on finding the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, and works with individuals to restore balance in the body. Gary frequently lectures at pharmacy, medical, and health-oriented conferences. He is an educator at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, conducting two-day seminars for health care professionals twice a year. Gary also serves on the faculty of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.
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