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Digestive Enzymes: What, Why + When?

Updated: May 11, 2021

Digestive enzymes are exactly what they sound like- they help us digest our food better. Digestive enzymes are small proteins that break down our food, which is necessary for the absorption of nutrients.

If you suffer from any kind of digestive imbalance like chronic bloating, constipation, IBS, IBD, or leaky gut, taking a digestive enzyme would be a really good idea. When the digestive system is compromised, it is almost impossible for it to digest our foods properly. Without support, the body isn’t able to absorb the nutrients from your foods, which will lead to malabsorption. Malabsorption will eventually lead to worsening symptoms. This is why we need to be eating away from any distraction (phone, laptop, reading, driving), and making sure that we chew really well.

Not only is it important to help with the absorption of nutrients, but it can also help reduce digestive symptoms! Reduced bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, IBS can all be seen when an enzyme is taken.

Digestive enzymes should be taken 15 minutes before a meal so that your digestive juices can prepare themselves for the meal that you are about to have. Whether you are eating a healthy meal or junk food, the enzyme will help to decrease digestive symptoms and either help absorb the good nutrients or properly excrete the junk. Digestive enzymes can also be taken after meals if you forget, but they will not work as effectively. 

Digestive bitters are also another option. These are going to be stronger than a capsule or tablet as they get absorbed right to the blood stream. These bitters must be taken 15 minutes before a meal, with a tiny amount of water (think less than half of a shot glass), and 15-30 drops, right under the tongue. Hold here for 30 seconds and then swallow. This will get the bitters going straight to the bloodstream to aid in digestion. They need to be taken on an empty stomach, 15-20 minutes before any water, food or mints in order to work properly.

Digestive enzymes are not to be used long term, but are a great add on to someone who is suffering with a poor digestive system. Eventually the body will build these enzymes back up, which will inevitably also strengthen the digestive system.

If digestive enzymes don't fit your budget for the month, try adding bitter foods to your meals. Some examples are: Radichio, radish, kale, arugula, pumpkin seeds. Have these mixed in, or before your meals to aid in better digestion and absorption! 

Its important to note that a digestive enzyme is not going to solve all of your digestive concerns. This is just an aid, and the root cause should be looked at more seriously.

If you do suffer from poor digestion, I highly recommend checking out my Digestive Nourishment eBook, located under “shop”, or sending me an email to work together on the root cause!

I hope you guys found this helpful!


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