Mr Vio: Facts About Digestive Enzymes.
Scientific research has proven that there is a connection between your brain and your gut. Via chemical signals, they talk and work with each another to regulate your digestive system, immune system, and your central nervous system. Digestion enzymes help with the absorption of food and help with tummy ache including more serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IMS).
So what are digestive enzymes? A digestive enzyme is a complex protein that’s made that your body makes to help break down food into small molecules so they can be absorbed into your body. Most digestive enzymes are made by your pancreas, although some are made by your mouth, stomach, and small intestine. Digestive enzymes help to break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Once your meal gets broken down, nutrients are absorbed into your body through the wall of the small intestine and distributed through the bloodstream.
Naturally occurring digestive enzymes are a vital part of your digestive system. Without them, your body can’t break foods down so that nutrients can be fully absorbed. Some health conditions can holt or interfere with the body’s production of digestion enzymes so you may need to buy them in supplement form to combat this problem. You can buy these online or on your high street from Holland and Barrett.
There are several types of digestion enzymes but the 3 most important ones are:
- Amylase: Breaks down carbohydrates, or starches, into sugar molecules. Insufficient amylase can cause diarrhea.
- Lipase: Works with liver bile to break down fats. If you don’t have enough lipase, you’ll be lacking in fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.
- Protease: Breaks down proteins into amino acids. It also helps keep bacteria, yeast, and protozoa out of the intestines. protease shortage can lead to allergies or toxicity in the intestines.
You may be please to find all three of these digestion enzymes in Medi-Evil Nutrition’s Whey Fury and their mass gainer Colossus. The aptly named blend of digestion enzymes is called Trigestize. This is of course unique to Medi-Evil Nutrition and would be found in any other brands of proteins.
You may need digestive enzymes if you have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). Some of these conditions listed below can leave you short on digestive enzymes:
- pancreatic cancer
- chronic pancreatitis
- blockage or narrowing of the pancreatic/biliary duct
- pancreatic cysts or benign tumors
- cystic fibrosis
- pancreatic surgery
If you have EPI, digestion can be slow and uncomfortable. It can also leave you malnourished. Symptoms may include:
- excessive gas
- cramping after meals
- foul-smelling stools
- weight loss even if you’re eating well
- yellow, greasy stools that float
Even if you don’t have EPI, you can have trouble with many foods. Lactose intolerance is a good example of this. A lactase supplement can help you digest foods that contain lactose, 0r if you have trouble digesting beans and other pulses, you may benefit from an alpha-galactosidase supplement.
I hope you have enjoyed my article, my next one will be on reflexology. The owner of Medi-Evil Nutrition and my dearest friend Lee Paterson is undergoing treatment at my Magic Hands clinic near Romford after The NHS has failed to help him. Lee may wish to add a few lines outlining his treatment and progress over the next 12 weeks.