Digestive health is largely taken for granted by just about everybody. You may assume that what you put into your mouth is going to be digested. But digestion doesn’t just happen. It is a complicated process that is extremely important and should not be overlooked as a root cause for many health problems. When digestion does not occur the way it should, symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and pain may result. Eventually, more serious conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome may develop.
Digestion, or hydrolysis, is the process of breaking up food into simpler chemical compounds by means of hydrolyzing enzymes. In other words, digestion breaks up food into small units so the body can use the nutrients for energy, growth or repair, and relies 100% on the availability and action of enzymes.
Enzymes run the biochemical reactions in living things including humans, animals, and plants. This means that enzymes do the “work” in the body whereas vitamins and minerals, also known as coenzymes, are only building blocks.
Enzymes are very large and complex protein molecules and are very specific to what they will break down or digest. For example, lactase – the enzyme that breaks down lactose – will only work on lactose, not protein or fat. There are literally hundreds of different enzymes in the human body, each one assigned a unique task.
Enzymes are a natural part of vegetables, fruits, grains, and other raw food. they ripen, then slowly “digest” raw food in a process commonly known as decomposition. We are taught that a tomato rots; in reality, it is being digested or broken down by its own enzymes.
Our present-day society requires food to have extended shelf life as food is shipped from country to country, coast to coast. Food enzymes may be important, but they pose a very difficult problem for the food industry. Whether food is canned, pasteurized, genetically engineered, cooked, or packaged, enzymes must be systematically inactivated or removed from our food supply for economic and practical reasons.
While it is possible for the human body to produce all the enzymes required for adequate digestion and nutrition, the practice of consuming commercially produced (enzyme deficient) and/or cooking food (enzyme destroying) places an unnatural and unnecessary demand on the body’s limited resources.
Supplementation with enzymes can and should be as natural and easy as popping a daily vitamin and can make a surprisingly big difference in how a person feels and functions. Dr. Maier administers many different formulations of enzymes, each one specifically designed and manufactured by the prestigious Loomis Institute, and targeted for your unique condition.
Dr. Maier is a certified Digestive Health Specialist. If you have further questions, would like a confidential phone consultation to discuss your situation, or would like to schedule an in-depth evaluation, please call 314-707-9854 today! Do not take your digestive health for granted!