Enzymes are amino-acids, that make vital processes happen in your body. Digestive enzymes are ones that aid digestion, these are found in live foods and are created inside us by our pancreas.
Modern diet and lifestyle contributes to a depletion of both our body’s natural enzyme resources AND the enzyme content of food, leading to an increase in dis-ease and symptoms associated with indigestion.
Our modern lifestyle encourages us to eat complex processed foods daily. Our ancestors by comparison ate very simply, and often fasted due to necessity. Today availability of processed foods and supermarkets, advertising of the media and global transport solutions mean you can eat everything everyday!
Problems occur because modern foods are often mis-combined, containing chemical additives and are a product of non-organic farming methods which add pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers to our foods. Then cooked and depleted of vital enzyme content, as enzymes are heat sensitive and ‘die’ above 40 °C /104 °F.
Other ways we deplete our enzyme content is ageing, with research showing our natural enzyme production starts to decline at the age of 20. Even chewing gum is considered a way to deplete digestive enzymes, as it increases both saliva and enzyme production for saliva.
End Chronic Indigestion
Many people are surprised to discover that some foods they eat regularly are the cause of their chronic discomfort. Every person has individual requirements, and ideally eats a diet suited to them.
A simple and interesting way of discovering this is increasingly offering a variety of fresh live food superfood snacks. Super healthy and charged with nutrients… sit back and watch who eats what… this is personalised diet in action!
We do not need to take indigestion as a given in life, the symptoms listed below often improve radically or completely disappear after 2-4 weeks of adding digestive enzymes such as Supergest to your diet.
Problems with Digestion
Lack of digestive enzymes shows up as some form indigestion, which can appear as:
- Constipated & Sluggish
- Bloated & ‘Gassy’ – passing wind and belching
- Intestinal Pain or Cramps
- ‘Heartburn’ and acid reflux
- common skin issues (pimples, acne, eczema)
For these conditions, take enzymes with food. This stops indigestion. Then personalise your diet and fast to cut out hidden food intolerances.
Healing digestion - food or fasting?
hidden food intolerances
Go ahead and follow recommended diet at first, cutting out the main suspects – sugar, dairy, wheat. And while your at it – cut out all processed foods, E-no., alcohol. Then adjust according to your physical sensations. Any food or drink that makes you feel discomfort, agitation, sluggishness afterwards are your ‘hidden food intolerances’
A fasting program is a great way to eliminate many of these chronic conditions together with much of the constipated ‘build up’ of indigested matter in the intestines.
During a weeks fast at Karuna Detox Retreats many detoxers feel better fasting then they have ever felt while eating! This is a sure sign that unsuitable foods are being consumed regularly, and post fasting is a perfect time to discover these, as foods can be introduced one at a time, and sensations noted. To support the body in digesting all foods we recommend using a supplements, such as ‘Supergest’.
How to chose a good enzyme product?
A good Digestive Enzyme product includes these digestions which digest (these foods) :
Protease (protein), Amylase (carbohydrates), Lipase (fats), Cellulase (Breaking down fiber), Maltase (complex sugars), Lactase (milk sugar = lactose), Phytase (general, B fit) , Sucrase (Sugars)
How else can I increase Digestion & Enzymes?
1. Eat more high quality, organic, live foods.
Especially: Papaya, Avocado, Raw Honey, Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, Grapes, Figs, Bananas, Dates, Raw extra virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soaked or sprouted nuts and seeds.
Fermented vegetables, are very healthy for us. Sauerkraut made from cabbage is full of good bacteria as well as digestive enzymes. As are a variety of pickled vegetables such as- turnip, eggplant, cucumber, onion, squash and carrots. Cultured diary (yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese) increases the ability to digest this food.
2. Chew your food well! Food digestion starts in the mouth, by the mechanical action of the teeth and the chemical breaking down reaction with the enzymes contained within the saliva. If you still tend to gulp, you may chose to BLEND your food (smoothies) and then en-salivate it before swallowing, as Ghandi said – ‘Drink your food and chew your drink’.
3. Eat less generally, and CUT OUT reliance on processed food entirely. Eating until you are ‘half full’ is wise also because our satiation hormones only kick in 20 min. after we are already full. If we eat quickly and until we are full, we are overeating.
4. Do not chew gum, as it releases digestive enzymes in your saliva. On average your body produces 1.2 litters of saliva every day.
5. Take a Natural high quality, multi digestive enzyme supplement (enteric coated to pass well into the intestines) when needed.
According to Dr. Edward Howell, enzyme researcher, the body does not produce infinite enzymes, rather it has a certain lifetime limit. He believes our body constantly strains to provide all the digestive enzymes needed to supplement the modern diet, and thus is not capable of producing sufficient Metabolic enzymes. This is an underlying condition in most chronic health problems. He recommends that we EAT our digestive enzymes and preserve our ‘Enzyme potential’ As foods can provide both digestive and metabolic enzymes.