Enzymes and Indigestion

man-with-indigestionThe discomfort of indigestion – consisting of heartburn, gas, bloating, etc. – we all struggle with it at one point or another, especially as a consequence of overeating, but how do we get relief from these unhealthy effects?

These symptoms aren’t just a frustrating inconvenience – they are actually bad for your overall health. Simply put, poor digestion = poor health. It takes a healthy body a lot of energy to digest as it is, so when you aren’t digesting properly, it requires even more energy. This extra energy is what should normally be spent on other bodily functions, such as maintaining heart and joint health, as well as relieving allergy symptoms and countless others.

Fortunately, there is a healthy way to fight the discomfort and the drag on your health that indigestion brings. This little weapon is found in enzymes, a requirement for all chemical reactions that occur in the body. For this reason, they are often referred to as the “spark of life”. Our bodies naturally produce these enzymes, but as they age, they become less able to do so. That’s why a simple enzyme supplement can make a world of difference. Taking the supplement before meals will help break down food, freeing up that extra energy the body would normally use for digestion, and allowing it to do what it’s supposed to. This way, you can enjoy your food without worrying about the consequential symptoms of indigestion, and let the unused extra energy be put towards other functions to make your whole body healthier.

Different plant-derived digestive enzymes help to digest different types of nutrients. For instance, those containing amylase help digest carbohydrates, those with lipase help with fats, those with protease help with protein, those with lactase help with dairy products, and those with cellulose help with fiber. On the other hand, there are also other potent formulas you can purchase that pack all these enzymes into one supplement. Our only disclaimer here is that you first consult with a doctor to make sure a new supplement regimen is good for you.

References (click to show/hide)

  1. Ventresca, Mike. "Enzymes Fight Indigestion." Mimi Vanderhaven n.d.: n. pag. Print.
  2. Weil, Andrew, M.D. "Indigestion." Weil. Weil Lifestyle, LLC, n.d. Web. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03035/Indigestion.html.