10 Surprising Signs of an Enzyme Deficiency
According to leading experts, roughly 80% of your body’s available energy is spent digesting food. That leaves only 20% for every other function your body must perform! So when you experience drowsiness or digestive symptoms like gas, bloating or heartburn after eating, it could be your body’s way of telling you it’s working WAY too hard to digest your meal.
And in addition to being uncomfortable, these common digestive issues are often early indications of far more serious health problems. Yet they typically share a simple underlying cause that most people — including most doctors — overlook: an enzyme deficiency.
Enzymes are essential to healthy digestion and elimination. Your body relies on them to break down the foods you eat into the nutrients you need to stay strong and healthy. Some enzymes exist in raw, unprocessed foods, and some are produced naturally within your body.
As you age, however, your body’s production of enzymes steadily declines. And when you factor in stress, exposure to environmental toxins and the way many of us rush through meals, it’s no small wonder so many people struggle with digestive problems and related health issues.
Is an Enzyme Deficiency Making You Age Faster?
According to Dr. Edward Howell, an early pioneer in the field of human nutrition who spent his entire professional life studying enzymes, if you don’t have enough enzymes to digest your food, great strain is placed on your entire body to “pick up the slack.” This in turn reduces the supply of metabolic enzymes available for normal cellular functions and is a root cause of many health problems associated with aging.
Dr. Howell believed that we are all born with a finite capacity for producing enzymes, which he called “enzyme potential.” He concluded that as your ability to produce and utilize enzymes diminishes, so too does your capacity for health, vitality and longevity.
Is a Raw Food Diet the Solution?
One way to preserve your enzyme potential is to decrease the enzyme production demands on your body by opting for fresh, raw, enzyme-rich foods. The heavy processing and high-heat cooking methods that are common in the Standard American Diet destroy many of the enzymes naturally present in raw foods before they have a chance to enhance our digestion and health.
Increasing the amount of raw foods in your diet may be a good idea, but eating an all-raw diet is by no means a viable option for most people — or one that I would recommend, especially if you are already suffering from digestive issues. If your digestive system is already over-burdened, simply switching to a raw food diet won’t solve the problem and could even make matters worse.
Why Healthy Digestion Is So Important
As you get older, your stomach secretes less and less of the hydrochloric acid that is crucial to activating your digestive enzymes. And digestive issues, including sensitivity to gluten, dairy and other allergens — as well as health problems that can be directly traced to a lack of adequate nutrition — also become increasingly common. You may be eating plenty of fresh, nutrient-rich food, but your body just is no longer able to adequately absorb the nutrients you need for optimal health.
And there’s another problem: If your digestion isn’t working properly, partially digested food can make its way into your bloodstream, triggering inflammation and wreaking havoc on your immune system. (If you’ve heard the term “leaky gut,” that’s what I’m talking about.)
If you have digestive issues — even if they seem mild — I urge you to take these symptoms seriously. The good news is that most enzyme deficiencies can be fixed quickly and easily. And you will be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more energy you have to attack the day when your enzymes are functioning properly!
How to Fix an Enzyme Deficiency
If you suspect you have an enzyme deficiency, there are three things I recommend you do: 1) Take the time to chew thoroughly and enjoy your meals at an unhurried pace; 2) Gradually increase the percentage of raw foods in your diet; 3) Start taking a high-quality digestive enzyme supplement with your meals.
There are hundreds of digestive enzyme formulas on the market, so how do you choose a good one? Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for:
• Multiple Enzymes: It should contain a mixture of different types of enzymes, to help digest all of the different components of your diet. At a minimum, look for the inclusion of proteases (which break down proteins), lipases (which break down fats) and carbohydrases (such as amylase and invertase, which break down carbohydrates).
• Listed Potency: The enzymatic strength of each ingredient should be labeled, in addition to the total amounts in weight. The numbers beside each enzyme represent their capacity for breaking down specific types of food molecules.
• Extra Support for Dairy and Gluten: Look for the inclusion of lactase, which supports digestion of lactose, the milk sugar that causes some individuals discomfort when they consume dairy products.
• Made by a Reputable Company: As with all supplements, only purchase from a company with a long-standing reputation and rigorous quality control and potency testing measures in place. I recommend steering clear of discount brands and products made overseas.
• A Clean Formula: As with all supplements, but of special importance if your digestion is subpar, you want to see a list of ingredients that are not in the product. If the label doesn’t say that it’s free of potential allergens like wheat, milk, tree nuts, egg, shellfish or soy, keep looking. Also check to make sure there are no artificial colors or preservatives in the product.
If you aren’t taking a digestive enzyme formula that meets the above criteria, I have a fantastic option for you! Working with the Scientific Advisory Board at my company, Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium grade dietary supplements for over 20 years, I developed a full spectrum, high potency enzyme blend called CoreZyme XTS® that optimizes the breakdown of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fibers from your meals.
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Since I started taking CoreZyme XTS regularly, it has dramatically improved by digestion, and I have more energy throughout the day. I encourage you to shop around and make the choice that’s best for you, but I think you’ll be pleased with the results, should you give CoreZyme XTS a try.
Here’s an overview of the ingredients that make CoreZyme XTS unique:
• Multiple Proteases: CoreZyme XTS provides proteolytic activity across a broad pH range that ensures that protein digestion occurs throughout the digestive tract both in the stomach and through the small intestine.
• Three Different Lipases: CoreZyme XTS contains three different lipases to support fat digestion for enhanced breakdown of essential fatty acids.
• Amylase and Glucoamylase: These starch-breaking carbohydrase enzymes give CoreZyme XTS the power to support the digestion of fibers and carbohydrates.
• Invertase and Acid Maltase: These vital carbohydrate-digesting enzymes help to break down complex sugars, providing glucose that the body can use as fuel for energy production.
• Lactase: CoreZyme XTS includes lactase, which supports digestion of lactose, the milk sugar that causes dairy intolerance for many individuals. Supplemental lactase can help these people reap the benefits of dairy food.
• Alpha-Galactosidase: This carbohydrase breaks down the certain carbohydrates found in grains, legumes and certain vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage often associated with the production of intestinal gas.
• Ox Bile Extract: Bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder where they are stored and concentrated. As your body moves fats from the stomach to the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the bile to emulsify the fat, making it easier to absorb. Supplemental bile optimizes this process.
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Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.