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Trouble absorbing food?

As we age our pancreas decides its working too hard and puts out less enzymes which are needed to just about every chemical reaction in our body. There are about 1300 different enzymes in the human cell and they team up with co-enzymes to form a multitude of different chemicals that enable our body to run and especially to digest food.

Metabolic enzymes are necessary for cellular function. Digestive enzymes produced mostly in the pancreas, are secreted along the digestive tract to break down food into nutrients and waste. Without them most of the nutrients in food wouldn’t get absorbed. Raw foods also provide enzymes, but mostly those are just to digest that particular food.

So, if our pancreas is falling down on the job what can we do? Supplements are the key. Amalyse breaks down starch and sugar, protease – proteins; lipase – fat; lactase – lactose from diary; cellulase – fiber; maltase and sucrose – sugar. Seventy percent of your immune system is in your gut and when the digestive system works well, it serves as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and pathogens – a great reason to take digestive enzymes. You can read more about enzymes in The Secrets of Staying Young http://www.safegoodspub.com/secrets.html  Best advice is to place a multi-enzyme supplement on the table and take one with most meals, but for a heavy meal, maybe two or three. You can find our recommendation at http://bit.ly/ZTjsep which is a plant-based combination. It is also essential that you give older pets enzymes too….  http://bit.ly/18302MF this is one we like.

In the end if you use enzymes when you eat any cooked food, you will most likely not have to reach for your antacid and the nutrients you absorb will hopefully keep you healthy for a long time.

Antacids can mess up your gut.

stomachacheSo you get a stomach ache and reach for that antacid tablet or liquid. Ahhhh! Symptoms gone… but wait… soon they come back. What??? That substance that blocks the production of stomach acid also substantially blocks a normal body process resulting in side effects like more stomach gas, nausea, constipation and diarrhea. Plus it can cause nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin B12. Acid-blockers reduce the secretion of a compound that binds to and assists the absorption of vitamin B12. So if that antacid reduces B12 absorption you can be at risk for a number of health conditions including dementia.

People using acid blockers are 4.5 times more at risk to develop pneumonia because without the bacteria from the intestine germs can migrate upstream to reach the throat and lungs. People also are more prone to hip fractures when they used acid-blockers. It is thought that these drugs may disrupt bone remodeling making them weaker.

So to avoid this antacid spiral you should consider adding to your diet digestive enzymes including Hydrocholric acid (HCL). The stomach bloating and gas is usually associated with a lack of HCL secretions if it occurs in the first 15 minutes. If it occurs after 45 minutes it is a sign of lack of pancreatic enzymes. For prevention a good all around multi-enzyme that includes protease, lypase, cellulase, lactase and amylase can help digest most of what you eat. We take these at every meal (because as we get older our pancreas gets tired and may not do the job as well), but with a big meal we may take two or three… very good assurance that the stomach aches will be a thing of the past and you won’t have to keep those antacids in your pocket.

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