Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. If you experience frequent gas, bloating, diarrhea,
constipation, or even notice undigested food in your stools, these may all be signs pointing
toward impaired digestion. Digestion is the process of breaking down food into substances
that can be used by the body. It starts in the mouth when we release saliva, and continues
all throughout the digestive tract. As we age, the level of enzymes in our body begin
to decrease, and our digestion slows. In this episode, I wanted to spend some time talking
about how we can support digestion through the use of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes
are enzymes that either the body produces naturally, or we obtain from the foods we
eat, such as papaya and pineapples. Digestive enzyme supplements contain a broad range of
enzymes designed to support the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, fibers,
fats and oils. In addition to enhancing digestive health, digestive enzymes may offer other
health benefits, including reducing inflammation in auto-immunity, and speeding healing after
surgery. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common digestive enzymes and how
they function in the body. Here’s the rundown. Pepsin is one of the chief digestive enzymes
of the stomach, and responsible for breaking down proteins. Hydrochloric acid, or HCL,
in supplements, is commonly in the form of betaine HCL. In the body, HCL is found in
gastric juices of the stomach, and is secreted from the stomach when we eat to help break
down food for absorption. Amylase is an enzyme made in salivary glands, as well as the pancreas
and aids in breaking down starches and sugars. Lipase is produced by the pancreas and helps
to break down fats. Protease is the last enzyme secreted by the pancreas, and it includes
trypsin, chymotrypsin and elastase. These proteases are responsible for the breakdown
of proteins into amino acids. When it comes to purchasing a supplement, look for a digestive
enzyme supplement with a wide variety of enzymes included in the formula. Make sure to look
for quality supplements and to avoid additives, fillers and other allergens. I recommend taking
the supplement about thirty minutes before you eat. Many of the digestive enzymes on
the market are made from animal products. However, there is also a large selection of
vegetarian and vegan based digestive aids available. Thank you for watching another
edition of Ask The ND. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly tips to
help you on your journey towards happy wellness. From all of us here at LuckyVitamin, spread
the wellness!

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