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Q: Should I take enzymes for proper digestion?

Posted October 02, 2013 in Adel, Advice Column

A: The cells in our bodies depend on our diets to provide the proper nutrients for energy production to fuel metabolic processes and take away metabolic waste. Every chemical reaction that takes place in our cells requires enzymes as the catalyst. Our bodies also rely on enzymes to digest the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in our food.

We know that with few exceptions all of the vitamins and minerals needed by the human body must be supplied in the diet. However, enzymes that used to be abundant naturally in our foods to assist in predigestion are being removed to increase the food’s shelf life. Even our produce is being hybridized to find strains that minimize enzyme content  to allow greater shelf life. This results in a greater strain on our bodies to completely digest foods. Without complete digestion, we create nutrient deficiencies and leave undigested food in the colon to rot and cause constipation, or be metabolized by gut bacteria into toxins that enter our circulation.

More than one billion dollars are spent annually on drugs to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, excess acid, gas and bloating. Undigested food wreaks havoc in our bodies by activating our immune system, which can cause inflammation in tissues and joints. As time passes, inadequate food digestion eventually results in disease and conditions such as achy muscles and joints, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and sinus problems. To overcome this downward spiral we should consider taking quality enzyme supplements at mealtime. We need enzymes that aid predigestion and complete digestion to prevent food particles from entering the colon. For more information, contact Sumpter Pharmacy and Wellness.

Information provided by Toni Sumpter, Sumpter Pharmacy and Wellness, 628 Nile Kinnick Drive South, Suite A, 993-1119.

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