Better Health Starts with Better Digestion
Considering how much your health depends on the assimilation of the foods that you eat, it may help to better understand why digestion is a critical component to good health. Digestion begins in the mouth, the point of entry for food and where the first introduction to the enzymes you produce kick in to start the process of breaking down food. The chewed food enters the esophagus, which uses its muscles to move the food from the mouth to the stomach.
The esophagus then releases the food into the stomach and a valve, or sphincter, acts as a gateway to keep the food from going back up into the esophagus. In the stomach, your food is further broken down by more enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL). That rolling and turning and sometimes uncomfortable feeling after your meal is the stomach working to mush up the food into a liquid form (called chyme), and depending on what you ate and in what combination, this process can take hours, or even longer if your body is lacking the required enzymes. The gut and the brain then communicate and decide when it is time to move the chyme into your small intestine. The small intestine is about 21 feet long when stretched out. The small intestine moves the nutrients that are broken down from your foods to the rest of your body, forming the building blocks necessary to keep your body alive and healthy. While the chyme is moving through your small intestine, other organs kick in, such as the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile duct that release their own set of unique enzymes to help break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, while also producing the hormones insulin and glucagon to help regulate your blood sugar. When the small intestine is finished breaking down and absorbing nutrients from the chyme, the remaining digestive material is passed into the colon. The colon acts as the gut’s “dryer”, absorbing water and electrolytes and passing any remaining solid waste to the rectum and out of the body. The important take away here is that in every step along the way, your body releases different types of enzymes to support the entire digestive process.
Give Your Body the Digestive Enzymes it Needs
If at any point during the digestive process your body is not releasing the required enzymes, it could lead to various digestive disorders. Digestive enzymes are introduced to your body through the foods that you eat and with the changes to our natural food sources, there is certainly a correlation as to why there are so many digestive disorders. If you cannot get enough adequate enzymes through your foods, supplemental enzyme products such as Prairie Naturals Enzyme Force is a great way to give your body what it needs. It contains the three main types of digestive enzymes: Amylase (breaks down starches and carbohydrates into sugars);
Protease (breaks down proteins into amino acids); and Lipase (breaks down lipids, which are fats and oils, into glycerol and fatty acids). Additionally, it contains Papain (breaks down large protein molecules into smaller units) and Lactase (breaks down milk sugars “lactose”). Enzyme Force is a good choice because it also contains Betaine HCI (Hydrochloric Acid), which is an important stomach acid required to protect your gut from unhealthy invaders and it plays a key role in starting the digestive process in your stomach. It also contains “Fibrazyme” which plays a critical role in breaking down the cellulose materials found in fibre rich foods. If you experience any gut issues such as gas, bloating, a feeling of fullness after a few mouthfuls of food, a heavy feeling after eating, fatigue after eating, stools that are loose and have undigested foods in them, or constipation, then you should consider supplementing digestive enzymes with your meals.
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