The phrase “you are what you eat” is halfway accurate. The end truth is you are what you digest. Therefore, are digestive enzymes key to better digestion, gut health and nutrient absorption?
Surprising as it may seem, up until relatively recently, little was known about how your digestive system actually works. Unfortunately, that means many common practices are proving to be extremely detrimental to our digestive and overall health. Today, there’s a growing incidence of illnesses that, when traced back to the source, appear to be linked to nutrient malabsorption due to damage to and inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, a lack of digestive enzymes and an imbalance in our extremely important microbiome: our ecosystem of healthy bacteria and gut flora.
Digestive enzymes help break down larger molecules into more easily absorbed particles and nutrients that the body can use to survive and thrive.
Most people think of bacteria within the body as a cause of getting sick or developing certain diseases, but did you know that at all times there are actually billions of beneficial bacteria present within all of us? In fact, bacteria make up our microbiome, an integral internal ecosystem that benefits our gut health and the immune system. The microbiome is a lot like Earth’s ecosystems, meaning as its conditions change, so do the organisms that inhabit it. Microbes interact with one another within the community they live in (our gut), plus they change in concentration depending on their surroundings — which means your diet, lifestyle, use of medications/antibiotics and environment really impact your gut health. At the forefront of how your gut microbiome determines whether or not you’ll deal with various illnesses is inflammation.
Inflammation is the root of most diseases. Studies show that an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is protective over brain neurons, balances hormones, fights the formation of tumors and has mood-enhancing benefits. While you might not think that gut health impacts your mood and energy much, think again. Gut-friendly bacteria can help manage neurotransmitter activity, which makes them natural antidepressants and anti-anxiety organisms. Instead of taking anti-inflammatory medications to manage illnesses like arthritis or heart disease, we’re much better off reducing inflammation in the body.
Poor gut health is tied to dozens of diseases, especially: Autoimmune disorders, brain disorders/decline, mood disorders, cancer, fatigue & joint pain, learning disabilities, infertility & pregnancy complications, allergies, asthma & sensitivities
This is the “bread & butter” of Dr. Meg our Naturopathic doctor and the rest of our team contributes to this complex and fundamental system in their own way. Ask each one how!
Key Supplements for digestive health = Probiotics, Digestive enzymes, Fulvic Acid, DGL/Fenugreek