Do you ever say any of these things after eating a meal?
- “I feel STUFFED.”
- “I feel BLOATED.”
- “I feel GASSY.”
I bet you do.
And it’s a real hassle. That stuffed feeling that won’t go away. Burping over and over again. The bloat that makes you feel like you’ve gained five pounds because your belly sticks out.
That’s just the start.
Because of bad digestion you may also occasionally struggle with heartburn, constipation, acid reflux, nausea and stomach aches. So you try to eat the right foods to avoid these problems. But sometimes no matter what you eat, you still have the “after-meal-blues”. Desperate, you give probiotics a try. Everyone says how well they work. And they do… some of the time. But you could have all the “friendly” bacteria in the world and still have digestive issues.
Did you know that at least 72 million Americans aren’t able to properly digest their food? In fact, many Americans now view digestive problems -- like heartburn and gas -- as normal. Except… these conditions aren’t normal at all. They are obvious signs of digestive problems. All that’s required to correct this problem is that you have the right amount of enzymes!
You were born with a predetermined amount of these natural “micro-miracles”. And when you run out or low on them, that’s when the digestive problems start.
But when you have sufficient enzymes in your body, you promote your healthy digestion. This helps eliminate that gassy and bloated feeling that you might think is “normal” (even though it’s not).
Enzymes Boost Your Immune System Health Too!
What do you do to support your immune system?
If you’re like most of us, you take vitamin C supplements and even Echinacea. And that’s a good choice. But it’s not enough.
You may be surprised to know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut!
Your digestive system is your body’s main contact point with the world. Everything you eat, drink, or take – like medicine – hits your digestive system first.
A healthy digestive system is like a protective wall for your body. Everything from the lining of your small intestine to your stomach acids has a job to do to support your immunity.
But when your digestion doesn’t work properly, that wall is broken down. So your immunity is affected.
That’s where these amazing enzymes come in!
They do so much to support your gut health:
- Promotes the healthy breakdown of the foods you eat
- Supports your body’s ability to absorb nutrients
- Reduces stress on your digestive system
- Boosts your body’s natural ability to remove toxins
Ultimately, these enzymes create an ideal environment for 80% of your immune system!
So What Are Enzymes and
How Do You Increase Your Supply of Them?
Your body (especially your pancreas) manufactures enzymes to perform a variety of functions in your body.
Enzymes are the things that make your body function. Think of enzymes as the “life force” that keeps your body in good working order.
When you are born, you inherit a certain “enzyme potential.” That enzyme potential must last your entire life. And the faster you use up your enzyme potential, the quicker you will run out of enzymes. Think of your enzyme potential as if you had inherited a large sum of money. If you only spend the money, but never make another penny, you will run out of money faster than if you had a source of income to add to your inheritance. So: Your enzyme potential is your “inheritance.” And there are things you are doing right now to deplete it. Luckily, there are also specific ways you can build an “enzyme income” so you don’t run out of your “inheritance” as quickly. (More on that in a minute.) First, a question…
Are You Eating “Dead Food”?
In America and many other western countries, most of the food we eat comes in a package of some sort.
Think about the food you eat on a regular basis. Chances are, more than half the food you eat comes from a box, can, jar, bag, carton, pouch, package, or bottle. Almost every food that is pre-packaged (there are a few exceptions) has been heated to kill off potentially dangerous bacteria and pathogens. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Nobody wants to get sick from salmonella or E.coli. And yet food that has been heated for almost any length of time is completely DEVOID of enzymes.
Why is this? It’s because enzymes are very sensitive to heat. Even at relatively low temperatures of 118 degrees (F), the enzymes in food begin to die in massive numbers.
Enzymes are necessary for the digestion of food in your body. So when the naturally occurring enzymes in food are killed off through cooking and heat, your body is then FORCED to create enzymes to digest the food you have eaten.
This is probably the single greatest way people are using up their “enzyme inheritance” faster than they should.
On the other hand, raw food that hasn’t been cooked is actually loaded with enzymes. When you eat raw food, the naturally occurring enzymes actually help to digest your food for you. This is why raw foods don’t “draw down” your enzyme potential.
And yet even health conscious people who do their best to eat raw foods often eat a lot of cooked “dead” foods anyway. After all, it’s hard to completely avoid cooked meats like hamburgers, fish, grilled chicken, and steaks. It’s also hard to completely avoid baked goods like bread, chips, crackers, cookies, and cakes. And what about nuts? Many of the nuts sold in stores have been roasted; they are not raw.
Anytime you eat a food that’s been heated or cooked, you are eating “dead food”.
When you eat, the food first stops in your upper stomach for 30-45 minutes. If you eat raw food, the enzymes predigest the food before it is passed on to the lower stomach.
But if you eat “dead food,” pre-digestion does not take place. When this food reaches the lower stomach, the pancreas then has to make extra enzymes to try to break down the food. Often, the food is only partially digested.
Partially digested food causes a lot of problems. It can make you feel gassy and bloated as it travels into your intestines. And, in some cases, particles of partially digested food can make their way into your bloodstream, triggering an autoimmune response. This puts yet another strain on an already overly taxed immune system.
But the biggest consequence of eating “dead food” could be that the pancreas is so busy producing digestive enzymes that it can’t produce enough proteolytic enzymes to “digest cancer cells, pathogens, toxins, fibrin in the arteries, and scar tissue.” As one author says:
“Indeed, a fair part of the aging process is merely the increasing ravages of enzyme deficiency and the long term accumulation of dead and fibrous tissue that would not have occurred if we had remained on a raw food diet for most of our life.”
By getting sufficient digestive enzymes in your diet, you avoid enzyme deficiency and free up your pancreas to do the important work of “cleaning up” your body to keep you healthy, vibrant, and pain-free.
Of course, eating raw food all the time is a tall order. While I would never discourage anyone from trying to eat as much raw food as possible, it’s just very difficult to do for a sustained period of time.
Shaklee® EZ Gest™ Is A Broad Spectrum Enzyme Supplement That Improves Digestion,
Supports Your Immune System,
and Maximizes Your “Enzyme Potential”
Protease Enzymes (pH4.5, pH6, peptidase)work together to improve digestion and reduce the enzyme load on your pancreas. But each enzyme is designed to do something different.
Proteases are proteolytic enzymes that break down proteins in the body. If the enzymes are taken with food, they will break down the proteins in the food. In this case, they would be considered digestive enzymes.
If proteolytic enzymes are taken on an empty stomach, they will bypass the stomach and enter the bloodstream where they will begin to break down excess fibrin in your bloodstream and in other connective tissues like your muscles. In this case, they are now acting as systemic proteolytic enzymes.
So why is this systemic enzyme activity so important? Your body uses fibrin to help heal itself from injuries. But as you age, problems arise when excess fibrin builds up in your body. Excess fibrin is linked to poor blood flow, increased blood pressure, chronic fatigue, slow healing, inflammation and pain, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Lactase - Lactase breaks down lactose, more commonly referred to as milk sugar. Lactase can be especially helpful for those who have lactose intolerance. This enzyme has also been shown to reduce gas and bloating and the symptoms of IBS.
- Alpha-Galactosidase - Alpha-galactosidase helps break down and digest heavy carbohydrate foods like beans, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. It can improve digestion, reduce intestinal gas, and may help those who have complex carbohydrate intolerance.
- mylase and Glucoamylase - These enzymes help to break down starches like those found in potatoes, corn, rice, wheat, and other vegetables.
- Amylase - These enzymes help to break down starches like those found in potatoes, corn, rice, wheat, and other vegetables.
- Lipase - Lipase is the enzyme responsible for breaking down fats during the digestive process. Without sufficient lipase in your diet, you will suffer from digestive issues like heartburn and indigestion.
The broad spectrum of enzymes included in EZ Gest™ means it provides digestive support for a variety of specialized diets, including:
- Paleo Diet
- Raw Food Diet
- Low Carb Diet
- Ketogenic Diet
Bottom line: EZ Gest™ will improve your digestion no matter what type of diet you’re on.
Micro Miracles by Ellen W. Cutler, DC, p. 40