What are Your Gut Instincts: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
I love this time of year: giving thanks, the many get togethers and ushering in a New Year. Yet, food is central too many of our celebrations and so the Holiday season represents a real and present danger: Overeating and gaining weight. “Most Americans who gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve generally don’t lose that weight ever again, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiologist and talk show host. Some meals people eat during the holidays can add up to 2,000 calories or more, according to Dr. Oz, so they could actually put on an extra pound every day if they keep indulging like this.” So what are your gut instincts about eating during the Holidays. What is your gut telling you?
Gut Instincts and Digestive Enzymes
As we age, the acidity of our stomach acid becomes more alkaline. There’s increasing suspicion that digestive problems may result from either low stomach acid or enzyme insufficiency in the elderly, which could be what causes acid reflux. Digestive enzymes can take stress off of the stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and small intestine by helping break down difficult-to-digest proteins, starches and fats. If you have any type of digestive disease such as acid reflux, gas, bloating, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, diarrhea or constipation, then digestive enzymes can help.
What are Your Gut Instincts: Should you take Digestive Enzymes?
What are the benefits of digestive enzymes and should I take them? Here are four reasons that support supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes:
- Assists the body in breaking down difficult-to-digest protein and sugars like gluten, casein and lactose.
- Greatly improve symptoms of acid reflux and IBS.
- Enhance nutrition absorption and prevent nutritional deficiency.
- Counteract enzyme inhibitors naturally in foods like peanuts, wheat germ, egg whites, nuts, seeds, beans and potatoes.
So, should you take digestive enzymes? The short answer is yes because without them we can not properly process the foods that we eat. There is a phrase that goes something like this: We are what we absorb. There is a lot of truth in that statement. But it is equally true that we are what we digest. The best analogy that I can think of breathing. Oxygen fuels our body and is essential for life. But we must exhale and release the carbon dioxide, the toxic gas from our system. Good digestive health is connected to good nutrition and is vital to healthy living. Essante Organics recently released its newest product, Daily Digest. Daily Digest is formulated with 9 plant enzymes or minerals and supplements the enzymes that we need in our digestive tract.
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