According to the American Nutrition Association, nearly 70 million people suffer from some form of digestive discomfort everyday.  These digestive issues may include heartburn, acid reflux, IBS, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea and  abdominal pain.  While many people rely on over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve these conditions, many are finding relief through natural and effective treatment with digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Digestive Enzyme Information

Digestive enzymes are enzymes that begin the process of breaking down food into usable energy sources in the body.  Found throughout the digestive system, digestive enzymes initiate the breakdown of food through saliva in the mouth, and continue the process through secretions made in the stomach, pancreas, intestine and gastrointestinal tract.  Research indicates that an estimated 10% to 15% of naturally occurring enzymes are lost every 10 years.  Fortunately, digestive enzymes are also found in raw, natural foods and high-quality digestive enzyme supplements.  As digestive enzymes break food down, the nutrients released are absorbed into the blood through the intestines.

Probiotics Information

Probiotics are the naturally occurring, healthy bacteria found throughout the digestive system.  These healthy bacteria have demonstrated tremendous health benefits throughout the body, including the digestive and immune system.  A normal, healthy digestive tract contains roughly 400 different types of bacteria; these different types of bacteria make up the estimated 100 trillion bacteria found in the digestive system.  Probiotics have proven to be especially helpful in the treatment and prevention of numerous digestive issues, including constipation, bloating, gas and diarrhea.  Probiotics, consumed through food or high-quality supplements are beneficial and effective in replacing healthy bacteria damaged by antibiotics, GMO’s, pesticides and other toxins.

Health Issues Associated with Lack of Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics

While anyone can suffer as a result of poor enzyme and probiotic levels, the conditions are most likely to affect people who:

  • Are Obese

  • Suffer from Diabetes

  • Have Celiac’s Disease or a Gluten Intolerance

  • Suffer from Chronic Pancreatitis

Several concerning digestive issues arise when digestive enzymes and probiotics are not at optimal levels, doctors tend to look for specific symptoms when suspecting an enzyme and probiotic deficiency, including:

  • Sugar cravings;

  • Weight gain;

  • Severe bloating after eating;

  • Undigested food in bowel movements;

  • Regular indigestion;

  • Vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies

Tips for Improved Digestive Health

As research continues to demonstrate the benefits of natural approaches to digestive enzyme and probiotic restoration, doctors and nutritionists recommend several tips for improved digestive health, including:

  • Drinking at least 100 ounces of water each day;

  • Participate in at least of 30 minutes of physical activity each day;

  • Maintain a healthy weight;

  • Eat more natural fiber to slow digestion and regulate blood sugar levels;

  • Increase probiotic intake through probiotic supplements or food sources, including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi;

  • Increase intake of enzymes through digestive enzyme supplements or through natural, raw foods including watermelon, apples, honey, sauerkraut, kefir and sprouts.

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