Like a Dead Horse
Most men do not chew much. They only use their teeth to tear pieces of meat off the carcass on their plates and push it down the esophagus with a huge, anaconda-like muscle contraction. No wonder they become gaseous and bloated and fill with acid that threatens to flow into the esophagus.
It is not much different than throwing the body of a dead horse into a moor. They know that nature will eventually do their job and destroy the thing, but with all the harmful gases that form, nobody wants to be there.
Many great eaters resort to using digestive enzymes to destroy the horse, but are they working? Few people are prepared to spend the research money on things that are already widespread and can not be patented, but the science behind them makes sense.
From the Pancreas with Love
As you may know, these are enzymes that accelerate chemical reactions. Digestive enzymes are chemicals that break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Most of them are formed in the pancreas and slosh as needed into the small intestine, where most of the digestive tracts experience heavy lifting. If, for some reason, you do not produce enough of these enzymes to do the job, you become gaseous and bloated. Swimsuit photo shoots must be canceled and postponed.
Then there are people who are much worse off. Their production of digestive enzymes is so low that it leads to weight loss and even malnutrition. There is no alternative for them to use as a prescription digestive enzyme.
However, the average horse-eater has a large selection of over-the-counter digestive enzymes (OTC). When asked if they worked, most manufacturers gave a 1
Unfortunately, there are not many (any?) Studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of OTC digestive enzymes in relieving digestive problems. However, most people seem, at least anecdotally, to feel better after using one of these products, assuming they have used the right one for the job.
The Right Way to the Right Problem
Most OTC Digestive Aid Labels lists different types of enzymes, including various herbs and nutrients that are believed to aid digestion in general ,
- If you have problems with the digestion of complex carbohydrates, you may want something that contains amylase plus Perhaps some additional, opaque enzymes that degrade various specific sugars.
- If cruciferous vegetables and legumes are your personal devil, you should try a supplement with alpha galactosidase.
- If you can not handle lactose, you need something that contains lactase.
- If protein is your problem, then look for a protease like Bromelain or its friends.
- If fat is your nemesis, seek a lipase.
However, most of the time these enzymes are grouped together in sink formulations that help your gut dissect just about anything you could swallow, so you may not want to bother looking for nutrient-specific enzymes.
What about gluten?
Allow me, as far as people with gluten sensitivity are concerned, to quickly alleviate the potential for higher expectations of the potential of digestive enzymes: studies have not shown that they break down gluten. For people with celiac disease, they seem to be of no help.
People without celiac disease – who merely claim to be sensitive to gluten – report however that they have found some relief from the use of digestive enzymes, so it is possible that they work.
Other Putative Benefits of Digestive Enzymes
Strangely enough, some proteases, such as bromelain and trypsin, also appear to have antiarthritic properties, and plastic surgeons and the like often prescribe bromelain to help stop bruising and generally heal.
And then there is the side effect that nobody really talks about: gaining weight. Because digestive enzymes help digest nutrients such as protein, fats, and carbohydrates more efficiently, it's only logical that you also absorb their CALORIES more efficiently.
That's good news if you're in a mass phase right now, but not so good at trying to reduce calories.
Indications that you need digestive enzymes
One or more of the following symptoms may indicate that you are a candidate for digestive enzymes:
- After eating, you often have that Feeling like having an alien in his stomach that itches after an outbreak.
- They produce enough gas to power a small town in the Midwest.
- After a bowel movement, you may be able to reconstruct the pulled pork panini sandwich that you have had for dinner, possibly from undigested parts of the toilet.
- You feel full after only a few bites.
- Her chairs are as buoyant as a pool toy.  They eat enough for a whole NFL offensive, but still do not seem to be gaining weight.
If you want to try digestive enzymes, you have some options. The first is to try the "kitchen sink" formulations that I mentioned above. Buy only enteric-coated substances for the enzymes to survive the treacherous journey through your stomach.
Alternatively, you can target certain nutrients. If, for example, fibrous vegetables are your problem, you can only use products that contain alpha-galactosidase. The well-known product Beano is an example of this.
Whether you choose Beano or a "broad spectrum" digestive enzyme, chew some capsules of your chosen gun (as labeled on the label) before you start a meal. If the symptoms still persist or persist, you can still take one or two tablets to help with the breakdown.
Then there is the natural way to support digestion. Some foods contain enzymes or have enzymatic properties:
- Pineapple: Contains the protease bromelain.
- Raw honey: amylases (which break down starch), proteases (protein) and invertases (sucrose)).
- Bananas: Rich in amylases and glucosidases.
- Avocados: Contain enzymes that target fat.
- Sauerkraut: Contains various digestive enzymes as well as bacteria that also produce different digestive enzymes.
Simply add one or more of these fruits or products in as many meals as possible to promote digestion.
If none of these possible solutions suit you, you can try to do what you should already do first, that is, say no to your lupine instincts and not throw horses in the marsh. Chew slower.
Cut the food into handy pieces. Give your intestines some foods with a larger surface that the digestive enzymes can work on. Place the fork between the bites. Try the food you are eating.
Poor digestion kills your testosterone
You're what you absorb
- Suarez F, Dr. med. Levitt, Adshead J, Barkin JS. "Pancreatic supplements reduce the symptomatic response of healthy subjects to a high-fat meal," says Dig Dis Sci. 1999 Jul; 44 (7): 1317-1317; 21.