Digestive Enzymes – Why You Need Them

by Lisa Breitenwischer

May 19, 2017

Digestive Enzymes – Why You Need Them

I used to think that having indigestion after a meal was normal until I learned it was not. When the gut microbes are out of balance due to stress, poor diet, or environmental pollutants, it can create congestion in the liver, gallbladder, bile, and pancreatic enzyme ducts.

My teacher Dr. John Doulliard says “Due to congested bile ducts, the small intestine may not receive its delivery of the bile and enzymes it requested to complete the digestive process. The intestines often send another message to send more bile and more pancreatic enzymes further congesting the ducts. Unfortunately, without addressing the root cause, this new shipment of bile and enzymes can get stuck in digestive gridlock, which encourages more use of digestive enzyme supplementation.

Less bile in the small intestine leads to less fat metabolism. Fewer digestive enzymes in the small intestine leads to less digestion. Over time, these reactions can compound one another and begin to weaken the digestive fire, cause gas and bloat, and affect the ability to digest foods like wheat and dairy.”

What most folks end up doing when they have indigestion is taking an antacid which does not get to the root of the issue.

I practice a bio-individual approach when it comes to recommendations for my clients but if you are suffering from digestive issues, here are a few suggestions that can help.

  1. Eliminate all Fried Foods.
  2. Eat more bile movers or cholagogues such as apples, celery, raw beets, artichokes, and leafy greens.
  3. Add cinnamon to your breakfast meal; in a shake, oatmeal, or Greek yogurt.
  4. Cinnamon supports healthy blood sugar levels while supporting normal bile flow.
  5. Drink a large glass of water 15-20 minutes before each meal. This will super-hydrate your stomach, encouraging it to produce more hydrochloric acid and increasing the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes.
  6. Incorporate a good probiotic. One with at least 30 Billion CFU’S (Colony Forming Units).
  7. Slow down and breathe. It only takes 5 deep inhales and exhales to create a rest and digest mode in the body and mind.
  8. Exercise.

Recommendations are great if you can follow them, but if you need more one-on-one guidance or support, email me to start healing the root of the cause.

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