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How Digestive Enzymes Can Reduce Bloating+Improve Digestion

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How Digestive Enzymes Can Reduce Bloating+Improve Digestion

Enzymes are produced naturally in the body and reduce by 1% every 3 years after the age of 30 and some people don’t produce enough enzymes for various reasons. Therefore, it is understandable why so many people need to supplement for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients from food.

Deficiency of endogenous (your own) production of digestive enzymes can lead to gas, bloating, constipation, malabsorption and a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.

How Digestive Enzymes work

Digestive enzymes are catalysts for biochemical reactions breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Enzymes are required for proper digestive system function. Digestive enzymes are mostly produced in the pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. But even your salivary glands in your mouth produce digestive enzymes to start breaking down food molecules while you’re still chewing.

Types of enzymes

There are three main types of digestive enzymes. They’re categorised based on the reactions they help catalyse:

  • Amylase and cellulase break down starches and carbohydrates into sugars. Cellulase specifically breaks down fibre
  • Protease breaks down proteins into amino acids.
  • Lipase breaks down lipids, which are fats and oils, into glycerol and fatty acids.
  • Tilactase breaks down lactose (carbohydrate) and can help relieve symptoms of lactose intolerance

What are the benefits?

Digestive enzymes maintain healthy digestive function by digesting food into smaller molecules enabling your body to absorb the minerals and vitamins from the food ingested. This means your body obtain more nutrients for creating energy, detoxifying and manufacturing hormones

Food Allergies and autoimmune disease

When foods are broken down into small molecules they don’t cause a reaction in the body, meaning reduced inflammation and reduced intolerances to foods.

Individuals who do not secrete enough proteases (an enzyme) suffer from multiple food allergies. Food intolerances can show up as fatigue, brain fog, irritation, tiredness, nausea, rash or bowel irregularity

Failure to digest food properly allows for large molecules of the undigested food to be absorbed, which can cause problems such as food allergies, colitis, and immune system weakness. Enzymes can help reducing circulating immune complex levels in people with autoimmune disease

Detoxification and optimal health

If food is not digested properly and toxins are not eliminated, it becomes very difficult to achieve optimal health. In addition, virtually every chronic condition will be exacerbated if the intestinal tract accumulates toxic by-products. The body requires vitamins and minerals as cofactors in the detoxification process

Balanced hormones

Similarly, we need vitamins and minerals as cofactors in producing hormones and a deficiency in certain nutrients can lead to hormonal imbalances.

Hormones regulate a myriad of functions such as metabolism (via the thyroid), stress response, the menstrual cycle and mood to name a few.

Reduced gas and bloating

Digestive enzymes can help reduce gas and bloating due to their ability to break down foods into small molecules and the effectiveness of cellulase to break down fibre. If gas and bloating are caused by lactose intolerance, the tilactase enzyme will help break down the lactose.

When enzymes are not used in the digestion process they pass through the body like a normal food protein and are not activated.

Weight Loss

Enzymes {digest+debloat} can be an important adjunct in assisting healthy weight loss or management when used in conjunction with a program of reduced intake of dietary calories and increased physical activity.

Improved digestion results in better absorption of nutrients, which may enhance the production of cellular energy and boost overall metabolism, Additionally, better digestion of food allows for faster bowel transit time and more frequent bowel movements, both of which aid weight loss.

Candida

Undigested food also allows yeast organisms to thrive. Thus, those with Candida Albicans may benefit from Enzymes {digest+debloat} supplementation with their meals

How to take Digestive Enzymes

Take digestive enzymes just before or during the meal. Start by taking 1 tablet then increase to 2 tablets with a meal. For smaller snacks take 1 tablet per snack.

Some people use digestive enzymes occasionally to counteract the negative effect certain foods may have on them, and others take them on a regular basis to help manage their digestion and reduce their symptoms.

The Gut Cø ENZYMES {digest+debloat} are vegan and have no added gluten, dairy, lactose, seeds and nuts.

This supplement has been approved by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA is the medicine and therapeutic regulatory agency of the Australian Government.

TGA approved: Aust L 365555

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