How to Get Rid of Bloat, Gas and Stubborn Weight Once and For All
Got bloat? How about gas?
Those are just two of the many symptoms of digestive issues. Others include indigestion, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
And those are just the obvious ones.
When you’re not digesting your food properly, a number of things happen (or don’t happen) which can lead to:
1) Weird aches and pains
2) Yeast infections
3) Great difficulty losing weight
4) Brain fog
5) Nutrient deficiencies
But the good news is that there is a particular nutrient that can help to help support a healthy digestive system, which we’ll take a closer look at in a second.
But first, let’s explore how digestion actually works and where the problem starts.
What is Digestion?
Whenever you ingest food (of any kind) it’s got to be broken down into smaller molecules before they can be absorbed into the body and taken to the cells that need them.
This process is called digestion—food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts, allowing the body to build and nourish cells and to provide energy for any activity from growing hair to running a marathon.
Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and swallowing, and finishes in the small intestine. Swallowed food is pushed down into the esophagus, eventually landing in the stomach where it is mixed with liquid and digestive juices produced there. Finally the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine.
The Critical Importance of Enzymes…
Enzymes are basically molecules that act as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions. You use enzymes every time you do the laundry—they act on materials that make up stains so that these materials can be washed away.
In the body, digestive enzymes work on substrates (i.e. protein, fat, and carbs) so that they can be broken down into units the body can actually use (i.e. amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose).
The enzyme responsible for the digestion (breakdown) of starch and sugar is called amylase, the one responsible for protein is called protease, and the one responsible for fat is lipase.
When you don’t have enough of these enzymes, serious problems can occur…
The Problem with Incomplete Digestion…
Incomplete digestion can wreck havoc on human health, in ways that you might not immediately think of. For example, if digestion is impaired—by a lack of appropriate enzymes, for example—partially undigested fragments of food can get through the gut wall and enter into the bloodstream.
Since the body doesn’t recognize these partially-digested fragments, it thinks they are invaders, and mounts a kind of immune system attack. The immune cells attach to the “invaders” and form what’s called “circulating immune complexes” which can often cause annoying aches and pains.
Incomplete digestion can also prevent you from absorbing many of the nutrients you need.
When you’ve got plenty of enzymes, digestion is terrific and all is well with the world. It’s unlikely that you suffer from bloat, constipation or any of the other many symptoms of impaired digestion.
Conventional dietitians will tell you that we have all the enzymes we need since our bodies make amylase, lipase, and protease and since food itself is a source of enzymes.
But that’s in an ideal world.
The Epidemic of Enzyme Deficiencies…
Fact is, most of our food is processed to within an inch of its life. Sure, raw food contains lots of enzymes, but few among us are eating enough raw food to supply all the enzymes needed for complete digestion.
In addition, we make less of certain enzymes as we get older, and less of the all-important HCl (hydrochloric acid). For certain enzymes (like rennin and pepsin) to work properly, the gastric juice in the stomach must be acidic, and hydrochloric acid makes the gastric (stomach) juice acidic.
In addition to aging, certain health conditions can impact your ability to make enzymes. People with celiac may not produce enough lipase, while people with allergies to dairy may not make enough amylase. Incomplete digestion of protein may also increase fatigue and inflammation, which is why extra protease may help reduce those conditions.
This is why we at Rockwell tend to recommend digestive enzymes for most people over 40.
The best choice for digestive enzymes depends on a number of factors. That’s why we have four recommendations from which you can select according to your needs…
This is a great all-around product that will work for almost everyone. It’s a proprietary enzyme blend, is great for vegetarians, and works well to support better digestive health.
This excellent product combines digestive enzymes with Betaine HCl (hydrochloric acid) and is particularly good for people who need more digestive help, especially when digestion is slow in the stomach. Note: This product should not be taken if you have an ulcer or severe gastritis.
If you don’t like taking pills, this product is for you. A great powdered enzyme product which is often recommended by medical doctors, has been clinically tested, and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective in a wide pH range so that it works well for more individuals. It’s also 100% vegetarian.
This is a great product for those with gluten and casein allergies or sensitivities. Should you happen to eat one of those offending foods, this product will help you. It also helps with lactose digestion. These enzymes, like the others, are plant based.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team