Enzymes Made Simple

Once again, Dr. Mercola has offered valuable information on digestive enzymes.

Why do we need digestive enzymes? (here’s a modified version of Dr. Mercola’s explanation)

To absorb nutrients into your bloodstream, you’ve got to break large molecules down into smaller bits.

Fortunately, your digestive system has evolved sophisticated chemical engineering to accomplish just that. While you’re polishing off your latest meal, digestive enzymes are pouring into your small intestine (from your liver, pancreas, and gall bladder) to break down the large macromolecules into easily absorbable smaller pieces.

These digestive enzymes are specialized proteins, each designed to break apart a specific type of molecule in your food. For example, there are:

  • Lipases — to break down fat
  • Amylases — to break down large carbohydrate chains
  • Proteases (also called proteolytic enzymes) — to break down protein

The liver, pancreas, and gall bladder contribute other useful helper molecules too.

Digestive enzymes are naturally produced within your body. But sadly, there are far too many people whose enzyme stores become depleted for one reason or another. Then you can’t digest your food optimally. The cycle of occasional bloating, indigestion, and other minor digestive issues begins.

His tips:

* Eat low or non processed foods -raw if possible

* Chew your food (it sends a signal to your brain to create digestive enzymes)

* Don’t chew gum (tricks your brain, and wastes enzymes)

Take four minutes, twenty one seconds to watch his video.


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