Digestive complaints like bloating, gas, abdominal cramping, heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation are a classic example of common complaints I hear about from both readers and patients who come see me at my clinic.
Metabolic enzymes run the systems of your body, driving the biological processes necessary for your body to function.
These activities include:
-Getting nutrients into cells
-Dissolving blood clots
-Slowing the aging process
Digestive enzymes are simply a specialised type of metabolic enzyme that runs your body’s digestive system.
There are three primary types of digestive enzymes. Each group is specialized to break down the three major food categories into nutrient molecules that can be absorbed:
-Amylase: Amylase enzymes help break down starches into smaller carbohydrate molecules which are used as fuel.
-Protease: The protease enzymes are designed to break down protein into smaller molecules called amino acids.
-Lipase: Lipase enzymes break down dietary fats and oils into absorbable units called fatty acids and glycerol.
Once food enters the mouth, the chewing process mechanically breaks it down to jumpstart digestion. Then, enzymes begin the chemical breakdown of the food’s carbohydrates.
As food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid and multiple enzymes are released to continue the chemical breakdown, primarily of proteins. Then, it passes into the small intestine where 90 percent of your digestion and absorption takes place. There, lipase breaks down fats and amylase further breaks down carbohydrates.
From here, the micronutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream through the millions of tiny cells that form the lining of your stomach and small intestine.
Of course, if all goes as planned, our cells can absorb and use these essential proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to power our systems. That’s what keeps us healthy and disease-free.
Consuming a diet rich in raw, organic fruits and vegetables and other whole foods is a good start to repair. Good nutrition is the foundation for restoring and maintaining your body’s optimal health and vitality.