The role of digestive enzymes

Why do we need to eat? The purpose of eating is to provide our cells with the nutrients they need. However, if we don’t digest our food well, ultimately, our cells won’t function optimally. That is where digestive enzymes come into play. They turn the food we eat into energy for use in the body.

The Digestive Process

Digestion begins in the mouth, where enzymes that break down starches are released. Food is typically only exposed to these enzymes for a few seconds, so chew your food properly!

Once swallowed, food settles for minutes to hours in the stomach, rich in enzymes and hydrochloric acid for protein digestion.

Food leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine where fat digestion and nutrient absorption takes place. This process takes several hours to several days depending on the type of food, amount of food, and the health of the digestive system. Most “digestive distress” is found here.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts to facilitate action for almost every process in the body. Vitamins and minerals are useless without enzymes. Repair and hormonal processes don’t happen with out enzymes.

If you supplement with enzymes will your body stop making it’s own?

No.

Poor food choices, toxicity, and illnesses have put our enzyme producing organs (stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, intestines) to task. Taking enzyme supplements will only aid digestion by maximizing the breakdown and assimilation of foods. This will reduce the stress on our enzyme producing organs, and support all metabolic processes. When stress is reduced to the digestive system, more energy is available to other systems of the body responsible for overall health.

Who can take enzymes?

All ages can benefit from taking digestive enzymes because they enhance the body’s daily ability to get nutrients into the cells. This is especially important to consider in two conditions. One, as we age, because we typically will continue to produce less with each passing year. Two, when faced with immune challenges or injury, the body requires more enzyme support.

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